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Lynyrd Skynyrd Working On New Album

INDIO, CA - APRIL 25: (L-R) Musicians Rickey Medlocke, Mark Matejka, Gary Rossington and Johnny Colt of Lynyrd Skynyrd perform onstage during day 1 of 2014 Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 25, 2014 in Indio, California.
If Lynyrd Skynyrd never recorded another note of new music, the Southern rock group could be assured fans will never tire of coming to hear classics such as "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama."

But the group remains an active creative concern, and guitarist Gary Rossington -- the sole founding member still part of the band -- tells us Skynyrd is indeed working on a new album to follow-up 2012's "Last of a Dyin' Breed:"

"When you're a songwriter and a musician, the writing doesn't stall. You want to keep writing and keep doing new stuff, even though the older stuff is classic and good. So we do that, too; as a matter of fact, we're gonna do a new record next year, a whole album...We're just writing it now, and the record deal's being made. There's two or three different ways we can do it, and different people. Nowadays, y'know, the record industry's different and hardly or barely existing anymore...But we're just gonna write it the way we always do and record, try to make it a good, footstomping rock 'n'roll album and not make it too country or too crazy, just our normal style."

Skynyrd recently wrapped up a tour with Bad Company and will be on the road until late November, including its annual Simple Man Cruise November 16-20 out of Miami.