God & Guns

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God & Guns
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 29, 2009
Recorded2008–09 in Blackbird Studios, Nashville, Tennessee; Studio Sea, Fort Myers, Florida; Sound Kitchen, Franklin, Tennessee;
GenreSouthern rock, blues rock, heavy metal, country rock, hard rock
Length49:32
LabelRoadrunner
ProducerBob Marlette
Lynyrd Skynyrd chronology
Vicious Cycle
(2003)
God & Guns
(2009)
Last of a Dyin' Breed
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
MusicReview3.5/5 stars[2]

God & Guns is the thirteenth studio album by the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, released on September 29, 2009.

The single "Still Unbroken" was released on July 27, 2009 followed by another track, "Simple Life", on August 4, 2009. "Still Unbroken" was written after the death of original bassist Leon Wilkeson in 2001.[3] It was the theme song of WWE’s Breaking Point PPV event and is featured on WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010.

"God & Guns" was the last Lynyrd Skynyrd album to feature the band's longtime keyboardist Billy Powell, who died in January 2009. Ean Evans, who had replaced Leon Wilkeson on bass, also died before this album came out. The late Hughie Thomasson (dec.2007) had contributed to the writing of many songs, but recording did not begin until 2008 and he does not play on the album. This album is the first with guitarist Mark Matejka. The album features guitar work from John 5.[4]

Although neither was present on the album, the CD booklet contains a picture of the group with the two new members: Peter Keys on keyboards and Robert Kearns on bass.

The album's title comes from its eighth track, "God & Guns", written by Mark Stephen Jones, Travis Meadows and Bud Tower, which was later covered by Hank Williams Jr. for his 2016 album It's About Time. The lyrical shift from "Saturday Night Special" to "God & Guns" has been taken into account by band member Johnny Van Zant, who explained how the song was not a direct contradiction to "Saturday Night Special."[5]

Tracks[edit]

  1. "Still Unbroken" (Rickey Medlocke, Gary Rossington, Hughie Thomasson, Johnny Van Zant) – 5:06
  2. "Simple Life" (Medlocke, Rossington, Jeffrey Steele, J. Van Zant) – 3:17
  3. "Little Thing Called You" (John Lowery, Medlocke, Rossington, J. Van Zant) – 3:58
  4. "Southern Ways" (Lowery, Bob Marlette, Medlocke) – 3:48
  5. "Skynyrd Nation" (Lowery, Marlette, Medlocke, J. Van Zant) – 3:52
  6. "Unwrite that Song" (Medlocke, Tony Mullins, Rossington, Steele, J. Van Zant) – 3:50
  7. "Floyd" (Lowery, Medlocke, Rossington, J. Van Zant) – 4:03
  8. "That Ain't My America" (Medlocke, Rossington, J. Van Zant, Brad Warren, Brett Warren) – 3:44
  9. "Comin' Back For More" (Blair Daly, Medlocke, Rossington, J. Van Zant) – 3:28
  10. "God & Guns" (Mark Stephen Jones, Travis Meadows, Bud Tower) – 5:44
  11. "Storm" (Lowery, Marlette, Medlocke, Rossington, J. Van Zant) – 3:15
  12. "Gifted Hands" (Lowery, Marlette, Medlocke, Rossington, J. Van Zant) – 5:22
Special Edition Disc 2
  1. "Bang Bang" (Trey Bruce, Medlocke, Rossington, J. Van Zant) – 3:10
  2. "Raining In My Heartland" (Bruce, Medlocke, Rossington, J. Van Zant) – 3:54
  3. "Hobo Kinda Man" (Bruce, Medlocke, Rossington, J. Van Zant) – 3:53
  4. "Red, White, & Blue" (Live) (Donnie Van Zant, J. Van Zant, Brad Warren, Brett Warren) – 5:42
  5. "Call Me the Breeze" (Live) (J.J. Cale) – 5:49
  6. "Sweet Home Alabama" (Live) (Ed King, Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) – 6:25
  • Live Tracks Recorded 6/15/2007 at the Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY

Personnel[edit]

Lynyrd Skynyrd


Additional personnel

Strings on "Unwrite That Song" and "Gifted Hands" arranged by Lisa Parade

References[edit]