Johnny Van Zant's nephews release album
June 08, 2011 9:39:35 PM UTC Post #1

The nephews of Johnny and Donnie Van Zant, ("Lil Ronnie" Morris and Robbie Morris), have released their self-titled album SHANYTOWN (Spectra Records) on

"Lil Ronnie" is the namesake of their late uncle Ronnie, who gave "Lil Ronnie" his first guitar as a child. Ronnie is lead vocal/guitar, and has been singing/ playing guitar since childhood. He helmed several local bands in Jacksonville before teaming with his brother Robbie and forming "ShanyTown" two years ago. "Lil Ronnie" brings the same charisma to the stage as his late Uncle Ronnie once did.

Robbie Morris played drums for Johnny ( Austin Nichols Band, Johnny Van Zant Band) for 15 years, starting his professional career as drummer at age fourteen. Robbie made 5 albums with Johnny (JVZ band), including "Brickyard Road".

Other members, Charles Moody (Bass), Duane Johnson (guitar), Kevin Williams (guitar) all have extensive careers in the industry.

The band is based in Jacksonville Florida.

We hope you'll pick up the album and pass the word about "ShanyTown"!

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June 10, 2011 4:41:15 PM UTC Post #1

WOW You sure can TELL this is by People in the Van Zant Family ! Sounds REALLY good !

I ain't Hidin' from nobody, Nobody's hidin' from me

June 10, 2011 6:23:19 PM UTC Post #2


Thank you!

June 10, 2011 7:42:35 PM UTC Post #3

It has to be in the water....

I'm not dead, at least not yet, Still Alone, Still Alive, STILL UNBROKEN....

June 10, 2011 8:25:42 PM UTC Post #4

It's a great album. :)

Downloaded it the other night and added it to my playlist.

Shared the link on Facebook, too!
June 11, 2011 4:57:39 AM UTC Post #5


Thank you!

June 11, 2011 11:53:12 AM UTC Post #6

I calls 'em as I see's 'em , Shanty !

I ain't Hidin' from nobody, Nobody's hidin' from me

June 11, 2011 10:17:47 PM UTC Post #7

Great job guys, sounds good...looks like I have another band to add to my "Skynyrd Family" playlist now :)

June 12, 2011 1:29:43 AM UTC Post #8

@LynSkyn1981: Thank you for the compliment. The resemblance to Gary is almost spooky, and has been mentioned several times And we think Kevin also looks like John Lennon in many close-ups we have of him. He even sounds mildly British when he sings, lol!

June 12, 2011 1:30:41 AM UTC Post #9

@musiclvr1124: Thank you!

June 12, 2011 5:41:32 AM UTC Post #10

Oh my goodness, I just dug out three of my old Johnny Van Zant Band albums (No More Dirty Deals, Round Two, and Van Zant-1985) and saw that Robbie Morris is the drummer on every one of them! Sorry guys, but I find these kind of things very interesting...I never knew the relation beforeThanks!

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