By Gary Voorhies
Van Zant name has been linked to a rock 'n' roll legacy that
spans more than 30 years.
Johnny and Donnie Van Zant have collectively sold more than 50
million albums. Johnny replaced his late, legendary brother
Ronnie Van Zant as lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Donnie
was one of the lead singers and rhythm guitarist for 38 Special.
collaborating on two independent CDs as a duo, Van Zant recently
signed with Columbia Records Nashville.
ask us if we've gone Country," Johnny said. "We ain't
gone Country, we were born Country."
chimed in: "Our Dad was a truck driver for 35 years and Mom
worked at Dunkin' Donuts, and at home, man, Country is what we
listened to: Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Mel Tillis."
Jacksonville, Fla. duo teamed with producers Mark Wright and Joe
Scaife to deliver Get Right With The Man, which hit
stores on May 10. The single, "Help Somebody," was
available exclusively at Wal-Mart beginning on March 22,
followed by a March 29 national release. The brothers completed
a radio tour in the spring.
hope people take a lot of journeys out of this record,"
Johnny said. "Each song is like a miniature movie to me,
and I hope each person takes that ride and enjoys it like we
THEIR OWN WORDS:
is your musical hero?
"My older brother Ronnie Van Zant."
they look back on your life in 50 years, what do you hope people
say about you?
"That I wrote great songs, and was a good family man and a
is your pet peeve?
"People that half do their jobs, because anything worth
doing should be done right."
the Web: www.thevanzants.com;
Van Zant is performing on Sunday night, June 12, at The
Coliseum. Other performers on Sunday night include Diamond Rio,
Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich with Special Guest Appearance by
Cowboy Troy and more! Gates open at 6:00 PM and concert begins
at 7:00 PM.
tickets for each nightly show at The Coliseum cost $30 plus
applicable handling fees, and can be purchased through the CMA
Music Festival Box Office at the Gaylord Entertainment Center,
501 Broadway, Nashville, Tenn., or toll-free at 1-800-CMA-FEST
(262-3378). Tickets will also be available through Ticketmaster
at (615) 255-9600, at www.ticketmaster.com
and all Ticketmaster outlets. Ticket prices and artists
appearing are subject to change.
concert tickets will also be sold during CMA Music Festival at
The Coliseum ticket office beginning Thursday, June 9.
limited amount of on-site pay parking ($8 per vehicle) will be
available nightly at The Coliseum in Lots E and F, just across
the Woodland Street Bridge. This parking is not available for
pre-purchase. It is only available for purchase on-site on a
first-come, first-serve basis after 5:00 PM on Thursday and
Friday (June 9-10), and all-day Saturday and Sunday (June
11-12). Ample paid surface lots and parking garages are
available in Downtown Nashville, conveniently accessible to The
Coliseum via the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge.
The single-night concert tickets are only good for performances
at The Coliseum and do not include admittance to the Daily
Concerts at Greased Lightning® Daytime Stages or the Wrangler®
Fan Fair (Exhibit Hall). Single-day tickets to the Daily
Concerts at Greased Lightning® Daytime Stages will only be
available at the gate to Riverfront Park during the event for
$14, with children 6 and younger admitted free. Admittance to
the Wrangler® Fan Fair (Exhibit Hall) is included in four-day
ticket packages only.
ticket packages are on sale now. Packages are divided into four
categories, based on the level of reserved seating at The
Coliseum (the Gold Circle and Floor Level ticket packages are
already sold out). Four-day ticket packages include the Nightly
Concerts at The Coliseum; Daily Concerts at Greased Lightning®
Daytime Stages; daily admittance to the
Fan Fair (Exhibit Hall) featuring the Acoustic Corner; Bush's®
Baked Beans Family Zone; Fun Zone; Sports Zone and performance
stage; CMA Music Festival After HoursT; free in-town shuttles;
the CMA Music Festival Program Book; CMA Music Festival pin;
special discounts to area attractions, restaurants, shops and
ticket packages for CMA Music Festival are easy to purchase.
Order over the phone by calling toll-free, 1-800-CMA-FEST
(262-3378); visit www.CMAfest.com
to download an order form to fax or mail; visit www.ticketmaster.com
to buy online or charge-by-phone at (615) 255-9600. Prices do
not include applicable handling fees. Ticket prices are subject
to change without notice. All sales are final and
limited number of four-day parking passes for The Coliseum are
available by phone order only. Call toll-free 1-800-CMA-FEST
(262-3378) to order. The price is $28 for cars; $60 for
vans/shuttles; and $120 for RVs/motor coaches. Spaces are
limited and no overnight parking is allowed. Free shuttles run
all day between major Festival event locations.
up-to-the-minute information about tickets, travel information,
schedules, artists appearing and more, visit www.CMAfest.com
and sign up for e-news or purchase official CMA Music Festival
CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country
Music Association. CMA Board member Tony Conway is the Executive
Producer of CMA Music Festival. MJI Programming, a division of
Premiere Radio Networks, is the official radio broadcaster.
Chevy, An American Revolution, is the official automotive
partner of the CMA Music Festival. Promotional partners include
Bush's® Baked Beans, Camping World®, CremeSavers® candies,
Coca-Cola®, Crisco®, Greased Lightning®, NBC Daytime and
Wrangler®. Fan Fair is a registered trademark of CMA.
2005 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.