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ShanyTown / Press

“Ronnie Van Zant often referred flippantly to his hometown Jacksonville, FL. as "shantytown." His nephews Ronnie and Robbie Morris took that, sliced off the "t," and named their band Shanytown. Guess what? They sound like Skynyrd. But their self-titled debut also demonstrates great original character. RIght off in "Redneck," a lifestyle gets turbo charged, Lil Ronnie and Kevin Williams' guitars like chainsaws to logs, a little Pat Travers and Van Halen in the buzz. But soulful? All of it is, amid the roar. "Peace of Mind" probably defines the band best, the attitude and overall Southern rock tribute borne out in a future classic. Clearly the Skynyrd legacy is one to celebrate, and these guys do it very proud. Everything about them draws me back, and as well makes me look forward. The roots of Southern rock continue to spread.”

"... it’s time to mention one of the true highlights of the past year — Shanytown’s self-titled debut album...." ..."The playing is so good here that it is equal to the importance of the vocals Song after song, the energy never lags; the vitality of live performance is captured on each track."

"It's no wonder that this Southern rock has the ring of authenticity. Skynyrd is in ShanyTown's blood. Guitarist/lead vocalist Ronnie Morris and his brother, Robbie, the drummer, are nephews of the Van Zant brothers. Gritty vocals, dazzling blues guitar licks, a tight rhythm section and potent songwriting fuel this album. Powerhouse tracks include "Redneck," "Mexico" and "Me and Mine." The band can also slow it down soulfully for "One More Night" and "Justin's Song." The slide on "Lost Souls" will send chills up your spine. A formidable debut." – Paul Freeman

Pop Culture Classics

“ShanyTown Featuring the nephews of Southern Rock vocal mainstays Donny, Johnny and the late Ronnie Van Zant, Shanytown is a hard-rocking band, featuring twin lead guitars (and a third has joined since the recording of the disc) and rock-solid rhythms. Vocalist Lil’ Ronnie Morris and his brother Robbie on drums keep the family legacy alive. While there are hints of the Southern rock sound of such forebears as Lynrd Skynrd, Molly Hatchet or the like, this is a thoroughly modern-sounding recording. The thunderous rhythms on tunes like “Brother,” “Loud Pipes” and the title track are complemented by the white-hot guitars, while vocally Morris channels some of the timbres of his famous uncles.”

“Shanytown Is Being played on 103.5 WIMZ in Knoxville TN”

Glenn Halverson - Garage Door Records News

“the new self-titled release from Shanytown and it hits like a chainsaw!”

“We picked up approximately 600 radio stations on the first day of offering "Fishing" on Monday...stats are still coming in. The BBC picked us up, and European syndication as well. More news as it comes in...”

Glenn Halverson - Garage Door Records News

“New Single "Fishing" to be released on Sept 30th”

“With the bloodlines showing family and local pride, they take southern rock to the next, contemporary, level of the game.”

“Already a hit at radio stations around the world”


“ShanyTown CD available on Amazon, CDuniverse, Best Buy and more”