Zac Brown, frontman of the Zac Brown Band, and his father, Jim Brown, recorded a special iTune’s Celebrity Playlist Podcast just in time for Father’s Day. In the podcast, Zac and Jim have chosen their favorite songs and discuss what it is that makes them special. Heavy on traditional country music, their playlist features Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner and Johnny Cash, among others.
Dan Fogelberg’s “Leader Of The Band,” a song Zac calls one of his favorites, made the playlist as a dedication from Zac to Jim. “He wrote it about his life as a musician and how his dad always loved him with a thundering and velvet hand and let him do what he needed to do…what he wanted to do, even though sometimes it wasn’t necessarily the easiest way to go,” Zac said. “This is the song I dedicate to my dad until I write a song that’s worthy of, that’s better than that. It’s going to be a hard one to beat though.”
Jim added a favorite song of his as well, “A Satisfied Mind” by Porter Wagoner. It is the lesson in the song that Jim said is his favorite thing about it, adding that he and his buddies used to sing harmony while playing it. “I think it just has a lot to do with life and your expectations and that you can work through everything…as long as you have a satisfied mind, you can handle the problems and the song speaks to that. The whole songs speaks to that,” Jim says.
Another pick on Zac and Jim’s playlist was a song both of them believe to be one of the best country songs ever written – George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” “Me and Dad are in agreement that, if not the best, one of the top five county songs that have ever been written, is George Jones’ ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today,’” says Zac.
Nickel Creek’s cut of “The Fox” also made the list. Jim first heard it while listening to the Grand Ole Opry on the radio and made a habit out of going to kindergarten classes to sing it to the kids while they were at recess as well playing it for his own kids. “I just know I used to sing it to all the grandkids and the kids as they were growing up,” he said.
To hear the complete podcast and see what other songs Jim and Zac chose, visit iTunes Celebrity Playlist Podcast.
Speaking of the Zac Brown Band, fans can catch them on GAC on Father’s Day — Sunday, June 20 — at 3 p.m. Eastern in “Pass The Jar: Zac Brown Band and Friends,” a special featuring performances from “Pass The Jar – Zac Brown Band and Friends Live from the Fabulous Fox Theatre.”