Lynyrd Skynyrd have recently added a new member to their lineup - bassist Johnny Colt, formerly of the Black Crowes, among other bands. And in a new interview at UltimateClassicRock.com, frontman Johnny Van Zant has plenty to say about the new guy, all of it good.
"We were trying to write the song ["Last of a Dyin' Breed"] and Colt came in," says Van Zant, "and we had just really met Johnny and hell, he throws on a bass and starts jamming with us and we’re like 'Oh cool!' So we knew right then, we were like 'Okay, this is our guy.' Johnny Colt is a character and most people in Lynyrd Skynyrd are characters, so he fits in great with us. He’s got an attitude, man, and I love it and that’s what we need. He’s actually kicked us in the ass too, because at times, Johnny is bigger than life, which is good. You need that kind of thing when you’re in a band. New blood always helps out."
He also had praise for producer Bob Marlette, who worked with them on the new album Last of a Dyin' Breed. Says Van Zant, "Bob’s not only a producer, he’s a musician. We cut all of the vocals in the control room. He puts on a set of headphones and I’m not out in another room where we’re [separated and] doing a talkback session, which really sucks for me, so he’s great for me, doing vocals...You know, I’ve worked with producers who couldn’t friggin’ sing a note and couldn’t hear a melody and I’m going 'how did they become a producer?' [Laughs] They couldn’t play an instrument at all, you know? So it’s an admiration thing that you go 'Hey, this guy’s a talented guy' and he looks at you as a talented artist or else he wouldn’t be workin’ with you. So it’s a good deal, I hope to make many more records with Bob."