Rossington – Gary Rossington, the legendary founding member and guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd along with Dale Krantz-Rossington (also his wife), whom many call The First Lady of Southern Rock, release an album 10 years in the making with Take It On Faith, November 4, 2016 on Loud & Proud Records. Today Billboard is streaming the entire album one day early. Listen Here!
Last week Guitar World exclusively premiered the music video for the title track, “Take It On Faith” which was shot at the Rossington’s home outside of Atlanta. Watch it HERE. ABC News Radio says, “The song is a sentimental pop-rock ballad that showcases Dale’s deep, soulful voice and Gary’s acoustic slide guitar.”
The duo has been making beautiful music together for over 35 years beginning when Dale opened for Skynyrd in ’77 while she was singing with 38 Special, then as part of Rossington Collins Band in the ‘80s and then and now as part of the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd family.
Take It On Faith is comprised of 12 songs that are rounded out by an ace studio band that was put together by the album’s producer and engineer, David Z (Prince, Etta James, Buddy Guy). The line-up reads like a who’s who of studio masters (full list below) including Ben Fowler (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams, Billy Currington, Sara Evans), who provided additional mixing and production, players such as the late Richie Hayward on drums, Jack Holder on guitar, Bruce McCabe on piano and keyboards and David Smith on bass as well as some great guests including ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons who co-wrote “Good Side of Good,” Delbert McClinton, and two-time Grammy-Award winning producer, hit songwriter, recording artist and session guitarist, Gary Nicholson and more.
Gary co-founded The Rossington Collins Band with Collins in 1980. The band released two albums, including the 1981 Gold album Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere which yielded the rock hit “Don’t Misunderstand Me,” featuring Gary’s wife Dale on lead vocals. But they disbanded in 1982 after the death of Collins’ wife, Kathy. Gary and Dale then formed The Rossington Band, which released two albums in 1986 and 1988, respectively.
For years, neither Gary nor Dale had any plans to cut another record together under the Rossington umbrella, content to share both stage and studio with their fellow Lynyrd Skynyrd brothers and sisters. Eventually, though, they realized they couldn’t ignore the wishes of their ardent fans any longer.
Take It On Faith Track listing:
- 01. Highway of Love
- 02. I Should’ve Known
- 03. Take It On Faith
- 04. Light A Candle
- 05. Dance While You’re Cookin’
- 06. Shame On Me
- 07. Good Side of Good
- 08. Through My Eyes
- 09. Something Fishy
- 10. Too Many Rainy Days
- 11. Where Did Love Go
- 12. Two Very Different Things
Players on Take It On Faith:
Gary Rossington – guitar
Dale Rossington – vocals
Jack Holder – guitar
Richie Hayward – drums
Bruce McCabe – piano, keyboards
Delbert McClinton- harmonica
Gary Nicholson – guitar
David Smith – bass
Reese Winans – organ
Kenny Greenburg – guitar overdubs
Michael Rojas – piano
Gordon Mote – piano and B3 overdubs
Shawn Camp – dobro
Bekka Bramlett & Vicki Hampton – additional vocals