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Apr 26

Zac Brown Band Announces New Album & New Member

Zac Brown Band photo courtesy of CMA.

Zac Brown Band will release their latest album, Uncaged, on July 10. The album will mark the official debut of ZBB’s newest member, world renowned percussionist Daniel de los Reyes. “It’s your basic country-Southern rock-bluegrass-reggae-jam record,” Zac Brown joked to the Associated Press.

The addition of Daniel, who has worked with the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Sting and Jennifer Lopez, to the rhythm section that already includes bassist John Driskell Hopkins and drummer Chris Fryar, has enabled the band to push its sound into a new territory. “They’ve really got to be smart about how they play so it doesn’t get too busy,” Zac said. “But it really creates a new kind of pulse within the band.”

Zac kept most of the album’s surprises a secret, but did reveal that Trombone Shorty and the New Orleans Star‘s horn section make an appearance on “Overight,” the band’s first straight-up R&B tune.  Tour through England with rockers Kings of Leon inspired them to start thinking about different arrangements and sticking with it. They also looked to U2 for inspiration.

“It’s really about making people dance,” Zac said. “You just don’t let them go. There’s a lot of songs on the record that when we play them live we’ll extend out long. But it’s really about just grabbing people in that pulse and then not letting them go that entire song.” Continue Reading


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Aug 12

With Zac Brown Band “You Get” Alan Jackson

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Records/Southern Ground Artists, Inc.

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Records/Southern Ground Artists, Inc.

When the Zac Brown Band serves up its next album, You Get What You Give, Sept. 21, it will feature several bonus appearances.

Jimmy Buffett and ace bluegrass guitarist Tony Rice both show up, as does Alan Jackson, who sings on “As She’s Walking Away,” which was released as a single earlier this week.

Alan contributed, in part, because he and the band have a similar connection: Keith Stegall produces both acts, and that made it a little easier to line everything up. It makes for a unique collaboration — Alan is decidedly traditional country, while the Zac Brown Band has one foot in country and the other in a sort of jam-band philosophy.

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Oct 6

Zac Brown Band Eyes Long-Term Success

Zac Brown Band photo courtesy of Atlantic Records.

Zac Brown Band photo courtesy of Atlantic Records.

With three hit singles off the current album The Foundation, the Zac Brown Band has certainly laid the groundwork for a healthy career.

And the album title is highly appropriate, since the band hopes it’s merely a foundation for future success.

“We want to make a long career of being very good at what we do,” drummer Chris Fryar told The Roanoke Times. Continue Reading


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