Who: Zac Brown / Lead Vocals & Guitar Jimmy De Martini / Violin, Vocals John Driskell Hopkins / Bass, Vocals Coy Bowles / Guitar, Organ Clay Cook / Guitar, Organ, Mandolin, Pedal Steel, Vocals Chris Fryar / Drums
If you are looking for a "nuttin' but a down home good time" vibe, this is your band. Their best songs revolve around old time tradition of kickin' back, laying around and doing nothing but sippin' some cold ones and rollin' some fat ones. But don't let that country slacker attitude throw you, these guys can flat out play. They seem like an overnight success but they have developed their substancial chops thru many years of playing anywhere they were allowed. And all that jamming has paid off. These guys now how to entertain and put on a top notch live show.
"No one in the country music industry can brag about their accomplishments like The Zac Brown Band. Long before signing a contract with Atlantic Records, Zac and his group had been touring all over the country, performing nearly two hundred dates a year and sold more than thirty thousand records on an independent level. Touring this much is never easy, but it set up a fan base that has helped sell out countless bars and venues. The band plays a unique style of country music that leans more towards the "grassroots" brand than anything. Nothing is off limits though. Their music contains bluegrass, country, reggae, and just about anything else you can think of. To add to their accomplishments, The Zac Brown Band has opened up shows for some of the biggest names in the music industry. They have opened for Willie Nelson, The Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Travis Tritt, and even Etta James. This clearly proves that their music touches folks from across the board." - about.com
2008 - The Foundation
1. Toes 2. Whatever It Is 3. Where The Boat Leaves From 4. Free 5. Chicken Fried 6. Mary 7. A Different Kind Of Fine 8. Highway 20 Ride 9. It's Not OK 10. Jolene 11. Sic 'Em On A Chicken
Review: "Country music is about to be introduced to a whole new sound by The Zac Brown Band. With the release of their debut album The Foundation, they are showing off their unique sound that consists of country, reggae, and even some bluegrass that will have you jamming within the first song. This record breaks every rule in the country music "rule book," but proves that change is always good if the outcome is full of quality music that everyone can relate to. Zac Brown and his gang are original, unique, and offer a refreshing take on the modern sounds of country music.
Right from the start, it is clear that this album is different. The first song is titled "Toes," which is what will be tapping before the first verse is over. It is a shame that this song was not released back in the summer time. It is about someone who is sitting by the water and dreaming of something better. The character heads to a tropical paradise and gets the heck out of Georgia. He describes everything from the drink in his hand to the bartender making it. This song has a great feel to it and will help every listener forget their problems. "Chicken Fried" is the first tune to be released off this record and it has made The Zac Brown a name everyone is talking about. Sometimes people take advantage of the small stuff, but hearing this song will put everything in a better perspective. This track is great, but the patriotic tribute at the end will give you chills.
If bluegrass is something you like to listen to, perhaps you should check out "Mary." It is about a man who is chasing after a women, but she is not letting her guard down very easily. The beat is great and will be a favorite for anyone who will give it a chance. There is a tune on this record called "Jolene," but don't mistake it for Dolly Parton's song. This is completely original and really shows off this group's ability to sing a song straight from the heart. The fiddle throughout this track is fabulous and fits the vocals perfectly. Sometimes people have a hard time committing to a relationship, and this song is proof.
The Foundation breaks every stereotype that country music has been branded with. The Zac Brown Band should be very proud of this project, simply because there is nothing out there like it." - about.com
"Chicken Fried" Live at HOB
"Different Kind of Fine" Live at HOB
"Sic'em on a Chicken" Live
*************************************** 2009 - Live from Bonnaroo
1. Toes (Live from Bonnaroo) 2. Free/Into the Mystic (Live from Bonnaroo) 3. The Devil Went Down to Georgia (Live from Bonnaroo) 4. Who Knows (Live from Bonnaroo)
"Who Knows" at Bonnaroo '09
"Chicken Fried" Live at Bonnaroo '09 - check out the fans singing along...as many as any I have ever experienced on the farm!
Zac Brown on playing Bonnaroo '09
Live Show Good time high style good ole southern pickin' party sing-a-long! Kind of a Jimmy Buffett vibe, only with much better songs and musicianship, and a younger crowd. Be prepared to sing along or you will feel left out. Guaranteed to leave you feeling great and flying high!
I have seen them a couple of times, once in a small venue in Nashville and it was packed and sweaty and I had a blast. And again at a taping of CMT CROSSROADS with Jimmy Buffett. They blew Jimmy off the stage. Check out video from the show here
I am not the biggest country music fan but these guys are more than just a country band. They appeal and influence seamlessly cross genre with a kind of ease not seen everyday.
Interesting Facts Zac used to own his own restaruant, and regularly does what he calls "Eat and Greets" at his shows, cooking massive amounts of BBQ beef and pork for the fans.
One of his latest projects outside of music is a children's camp that he is trying to create. It seems that there is nothing that can get in the way of this fantastic band. It doesn't matter how many walls they come to, these guys make sure to plow them down and leave nothing but dust in their tracks.