I was a Skynyrd fan all along. But I was also the brother of the lead singer who passed on. I just didn't want to do anything that would harm the band's name.

The fans have always been there for us, and they've realized when we were going through a hard time.

I was a Skynyrd fan before I was approached to be a part of Skynyrd, and they always ended it with 'Free Bird,' so I've been watching it since I was a kid.

Whatever people want to say, we go out there every night, and we give tribute to the songs that my brother wrote, to Ronnie and Allen Collins and Steve Gaines and Leon Wilkeson and everybody. We pay tribute every night to those people who have gone on.

I think it's just that Skynyrd songs are timeless.

We've done shows with Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr., Montgomery Gentry, Shooter Jennings.

Rock & roll has kept us alive for all these years. But we just love country music. It's in our blood.

That's your end goal anyway, is to make the fans happy.

We are not saying that every idiot out there should own a gun - and there should be better background checks on guns. Not everybody should have the right.

I think country music is Lynyrd Skynyrd. I think a lot of the country music is what we do, but I don't think rock & roll is dead at all.

I kinda feel that my brother wrote some of the best country lyrics ever - 'The Ballad of Curtis Loew,' 'Mississippi Kid' and that little hit 'Sweet Home Alabama.'

Hank Junior fans are Skynyrd fans.

If you're going into music, work on your music and do it as well as you can. And look at it as a business. I'm in it to make a living, too.

The last thing we want to do is disappoint the fans.

We have a lot of friends who are hunters. And you know what? Come hunting season, man, they head to the woods, you know. And again, this country was built on God and guns, folks. I mean, it really was.

A lot of groups get dirty deals. They work hard and have to get a job after their career is over.

Some people would do anything just to get a break; that's where the bad guys get you.

I think, hey, everybody has a right to change their mind.

So many artists try to be something that they're not.

I'm always going to keep my eyes open.

When we are out on the road, running up and down the road playing shows, you have to be not only a member of a band but, especially with Lynyrd Skynyrd, you have to be a part of the Skynyrd nation. You have to be a part of the family.

In my opinion, the only people who should have handguns are the police.

Two of my favorite bands, Blackberry Smoke and Black Stone Cherry, I just think both of those bands are a good new progressive kind of Southern Rock that's a little different than us but still has a rootsy thing going on.

I want to be there for the last note of 'Freebird' when that happens.

You don't go to some other country and bash our president.

It is a scary world out there, and believe me that if someone were to try to come into my house, I want to be able to protect myself.

My father was a Democrat.

I don't think you can erase history.

Lynyrd Skynyrd has always been a bunch of rowdy, crazy people, but we love our fans, and that's what the music is all about: touching them. Touching them touches us.

Skynyrd just hasn't gotten its just due.

On our Web site, we have people complaining about us not playing new stuff. But there's so many classic Lynyrd Skynyrd songs, you can't go out and just do a bunch of new things.

We always joke that our road crew will have to wheelchair us up onstage soon because this is what we do. This is what we love to do. This is what God put us on earth to do until the day we take our last breath.

'Free Bird' is timeless, 'Sweet Home' is timeless. They're just timeless songs.

My favorite singers in the world have been black singers, and you can go to any church and hear the best singers in the world - and I'm a singer, and I love singing!

I'd rather sit in Jacksonville and do a different kind of work than get messed over.

Some of the songs on the radio are really outrageous. I listen to the lyric. If the lyric doesn't make sense, I don't like the song.

We've got to take some drastic steps in this country. We can't keep spending and spending.

I actually quit the business. I went and drove a truck for a year and a half.

I think people relate to Skynyrd; it's a working class band. They're just songs with messages. To this day, there's never been a song written that didn't have a message.

There's nothing like getting out there playing a great show with Skynyrd and seeing people love this music.

My dad was a truck driver, and from the time I was knee high to a grapevine, I was driving a truck.

We have doctors and lawyers and CEOs as fans.

We're musicians; we're not politicians or anything.

I always try to relate a song to something what is going on, the working man, the times, how life goes.

Some of the country stuff in the past has been so polished - if you were a guy with a nice pair of jeans, a big belt buckle and nice hat, you were country.

I'm a Republican myself, though I think there are actually some Democrats in Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Rich people know how to party, too.

My dad was a truck driver. We all used to ride along with him. And the way he'd keep awake was to sing while he was going down the road. So we all joined in.

We write about things that we've done or things that have happened to people around us.