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Lynyrd Skynyrd to Release New Album, 'Last of a Dying Breed,' in August

Southern rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd have just announced an August 21 release date for their new studio album, Last of a Dying Breed.

Skynyrd have re-teamed with producer Bob Marlette for the new album, who handled production duties on their last album, 2009's Gods & Guns (buy on iTunes (opens in new tab).)

“It was great to get back in the studio with Bob for this new album,” said guitarist Gary Rossington “we kind of went back old school this time. All of us playing together in the studio as a band, tracking songs and creating licks. We had a lot of fun and the music really flowed for us, so that’s when you know you are on to something good. We can’t wait to let the fans hear these songs and play ‘em live.”

For the new album — and the band's 2012 tour dates (itinerary below) — the band will be joined by bassist Johnny Cult, who fans may recognize as an original member of the Black Crowes.

“What else do you say to Medlocke, Rossington and Van Zant? ," said Colt of being asked to join Lynyrd Skynyrd. "We’re talking southern rock royalty. We’re talking Lynyrd Skynyrd. The only thing out of my mouth was when and where!”

Lynyrd Skynyrd 2012 Tour Dates

  • 5/4/2012 - Pier Six Concert Pavilion - Baltimore, MD
  • 5/5/2012 - Celebrate Virginia Live - Fredericksburg, VA
  • 5/11/2012 - Virginia State Park Pavilion at Hooper Park - Crewe, VA
  • 5/12/2012 - Harrahs Chester Downs - Chester, PA
  • 5/18/2012 - Shooting Star Casino - Mahnomen, MN
  • 5/19/2012 - Treasure Island Resort & Casino - Welch, MN
  • 5/25/2012 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Indianapolis, IN
  • 5/26/2012 - Riverfest Amphitheatre - Little Rock, AR
  • 7/6/2012 - Maddies Place - Kahnawake, QUE Canada
  • 7/7/2012 - Buffalo Hill Village - Varysburg, NY
  • 7/8/2012 - Theatre at Westbury - Westbury, NY
  • 7/13/2012 - Toyota Park - Bridgeview, IL
  • 7/14/2012 - Jackson County Fairgrounds - Jackson, MI
  • 7/19/2012 - Great Jones County Fair - Monticello, IA
  • 7/20/2012 - Jamboree in the Hills - Belmont, OH
  • 7/21/2012 - FunFest @ Johnson Memorial Stadium - Kingsport, TN
  • 7/22/2012 - Bayside Toyota Pavilion Saint - Leonard, MD
  • 8/3/2012 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Charlotte, NC
  • 8/4/2012 - Time Warner Pavilion @Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC
  • 8/9/2012 - Buffalo Chip Campground - Sturgis, SD
  • 8/11/2012 - Fortune Bay Resort and Casino - Tower, MN
  • 8/16/2012 - Sands Bethlehem Event Center - Bethlehem, PA
  • 8/17/2012 - Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT
  • 8/18/2012 - Havelock Country Jamboree - Havelock, ON Canada
  • 8/24/2012 - CenturyLink Center - Bossier City, LA
  • 8/25/2012 - Amphitheater at the Wharf - Orange Beach, AL
  • 8/31/2012 - Memphis Botanic Gardens - Memphis, TN
  • 9/1/2012 - Turner Field - Atlanta, GA
  • 10/4/2012 - Paul Paul Theatre - Fresno, CA
  • 10/5/2012 - Stockton Arena - Stockton, CA
  • 10/6/2012 - The Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA
  • 10/27/2012 - Simple Man Cruise 2012 - Miami, FL

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Josh Hart is a former web producer and staff writer for Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines (2010–2012). He has since pursued writing fiction under various pseudonyms while exploring the technical underpinnings of journalism, now serving as a senior software engineer for The Seattle Times.