Skynyrd’s “Travelin’ Man” Reunites Brothers Johnny And Ronnie For The Duet You’ve Always Wanted
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For Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Johnny Van Zant, technology isn’t just a matter of smartphones and modern conveniences – it’s a link to a good man gone too soon. Just a teen when his big brother, late Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant was killed in a plane crash, Johnny had always wanted to perform a duet with his brother but sadly, never did get the chance to share a stage with the man he calls one of his best friends – until 1997, that is. Thanks to modern technology and a suggestion from Rickey Medlocke, the band was able to take Ronnie’s vocal parts from “Travelin’ Man,” a song that hadn’t been recorded since 1976 when it was featured on One More From The Road, and create a duet between the Van Zant brothers – bringing them together again for the first time in 20 years.
The part that really gets us choked up is watching this duet come to life during a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert; if you thought just hearing the contrast of Ronnie and Johnny’s voices was amazing, just wait until you see it live! The look of pride on Johnny’s face as he comes face to face with Ronnie for “Travelin’ Man” says it all, and it’s hard to ignore the swell of emotion that comes with seeing these two Southern rock legends together again, if only for a few minutes.
Technology may give us our fair share of troubles, but when it brings a family together and a legend back where he belongs, then it’s alright by us.