The pair came together for an upcoming episode of CMT Crossroads, in which they sang some of the group’s biggest hits, including “Simple Man” and “Sweet Home Alabama”. The band also joined in on Gilbert’s “Bottoms Up”, “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “Kick It In The Sticks”.
“I love seeing artists like him,” Johnny Van Zant of Skynyrd said of Gilbert, according to Rolling Stone. “He has attitude. He’s like us at 30.”
The legendary group shared their excitement over new artists like Gilbert who are carrying on the sound and swagger that Lynyrd Skynyrd became known for since forming in 1969.
“[Lynyrd Skynyrd] wrote these great songs that have carried over into today and guys like [Brantley] have heard them and been influenced by them,” Skynyrd Guitarist Rickey Medlocke says. “It turns it into the new generation. Country has just crossed so many lines now, that Skynyrd falls right into that category.”
“If Lynyrd Skynyrd came out today,” Van Zant said bluntly, “we’d be in country.”
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Brantley Gilbert’s episode of CMT Crossroads will air June 27 at 10 PM EST on CMT.