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Happy Holidays!!!

Hello everyone!!!! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and looking forward to seeing you all in 2014!!!

Exciting Jimmie Van Zant Band News!

We’re really happy with the outcome thus far with the release of our new album, Feels Like Freedom, which has already sold thousands of copies world wide and climbing.  Check out Unfinished Life on YouTube, it has reached over 1 million views since March.

The entire album presents not only the southern rock sound that you have heard in the past but also a fresh blend of a soothing country feel that we’re known for. Every song has a message or memory that we can all relate to.

My goal is to keep you constantly updated on all our events and what’s happening, moment by moment, I plan to to make this 2014 tour, more exciting then ever before.

I’m really excited that plans are on the table to begin recording another album, as well as a Christmas album to boot.  In the meantime you can get “Feels Like Freedom” at Amazon.com, CD Baby.com, Best Buy.com and don’t forget to please download the Pandora app on your phone or tablet and get Jimmie Van Zant Radio.

Stay tuned for upcoming additions to the web site, including a store for all of your JVZ merchandise.  New tour dates will be posted as they come in!

Jimmie Goes Fishing

Captain Matt Valliere, the award-winning master fisherman and owner of St. Augustine Florida based Backwater Tour Company got the honor of hosting a music superstar on a Redfish expedition. Jimmie Van Zant, part of the famous musical family of Lynyrd Skynyrd, wanted a brake after his recent studio stint putting the finishing touches on his newest single “Unfinished Life”.

“I grew up in Jacksonville listen to Free Bird and Sweet Home Alabama, when I heard Jimmie wanted to catch some fish, I had to take him out,” sad Matt Valliere the fishing ledged of East Central Florida. “He came with fishing in mind and we did great but he let me hear the new songs, and wow, that sound never gets old.”

Jimmie Van Zant commented, “We had a lot of fun; I am a fan of Captain Matt now!” VanZant’s new single “unfinished life” is in in sneak preview on YouTube, “The response has been great, getting back to my roots in Florida has centered me again and this song reflects the roots my mom instilled back in Jacksonville.” Jimmie Van Zant’s solo career includes the theme for the popular TV series “The Sopranos”

Captain Matt Valliere is known as the fisherman’s fisherman, not only a sought after guide, but a top competitive fisherman as well. Matt won awards in the recent IFA Redfish Tour and plans to hit the tour again this year. “Fishing is my life, some see “captain” as a job and they do it well, I captain to be out fishing, I’m out fishing whether or not I have a charter.”

Captain Matt Valliere is available exclusively through Backwater Tour Company 904-509-1662, and bookings are made up to a year in advance to accommodate out of town fisherman from all over the world coming to the Orlando/Daytona/St. Augustine area. Jimmie Van Zant’s new single “Unfinished Life” can be seen on YouTube now and will be included in the playlist of his world tour “Feels like Freedom” this summer.

Matt will be fishing!

615 Artist Spotlight: Jimmie Van Zant

Jimmie Van Zant knows that upon meeting fans, the question is always going to be asked — about his famous family tree. The singer smiles when discussing this with Billboard, saying that he definitely doesn’t shy away from it. In fact, it’s something he is very proud of.

“First of all, it’s my family, so I am very glad to be a part of it,” said the cousin of the late Lynyrd Skynyrd legend Ronnie Van Zant. “I’ve been asked many times whether doors open or close because of it. In my day-to-day, the Van Zant carries weight no different than DuPont paint or Chevrolet or Ford. There’s a brand name, but there is to be expected quality, and we try to deliver that. It gets tough sometimes. I get messages on Facebook saying I’m riding off of coat tails, but it’s no different than if your dad had a restaurant or a car dealership. Before he passes on, he tells you to carry it on. Do you want to sell out? No, it’s priceless. That’s something you can’t buy.”

In the Van Zant case, it’s the music that is that precious family heirloom. “That’s what I do. That’s what Johnny and Donnie do. Ronnie just happened to make a movement in the business, and we’re just a part of the train. It’s common people, common ways, and common thoughts. That’s what we built our lives on.”

The singer is currently promoting his newest single at country radio, the infectious “Feels Like Freedom.” It’s the title cut from his latest disc. Making the album was a great experience, Van Zant says. “I had great songwriters and a great producer in Kent Wells. We cut at the Sound Kitchen where Skynyrd did God & Guns, their last record there, so there is some credibility to all the people put in place. They allowed me to be myself, and I allowed them to be what they were. I’m happy with that. I’m looking forward to doing another record in 2013, and as long as I can walk and get up in the morning, I’m going to continue to create music.”

Van Zant spoke glowingly of the studio partnership between himself and Wells – one of the fastest rising producers in Music City. “It was great. I thought he was my brother. I did the research and found we had the same kind of background – the same roots, and the same soil. We sat down and talked, and when we got in the studio, it was just like magic.”

One goal the pair had in mind when making Feels Like Freedom was to stay true to what he does artistically. “In today’s music, there’s a lot of people who sound alike. They don’t have their own identity or tones — which is being yourself instead of trying to be something you’re hearing. But, you’ve got to be yourself before you can sell anything. That’s my rule of life. I am what I am. All I can do is what I have. I can’t give any more than that, but I promise you I will give my very best. That’s all I’ve got to bring to the table.”

The singer is in the middle of a radio tour, and can also be found all over Facebook and Twitter. He said it’s a must in today’s viral world. “We’re very active. It’s innovative. You’ve got to keep up with the changes. I love a ’66 Camarro or a ’63 Corvette, but things change. I think Facebook and Twitter are great thing.s But, on the backside of that, it’s depleted from the old vinyl records. You’ve got downloads and digital. But, I have nothing bad to say about it. There were times I used to lick stamps from mailing out letters to people where we played, asking to come back. Now, it’s all at the push of a button,” he says with a sense of wonder in his voice.

Van Zant, who has just started a endorsement deal with Moon Pie, will soon be releasing a new single to radio, the powerful “Unfinished Life.”

To view the original article on the Billboard magazine web site, please click here.