|The Zac Brown Band has quickly become one of the biggest names in country music with hits such as “Chicken Fried,” “Highway 20 Ride” and “Toes.” Led by intrepid band leader, producer, philanthropist and singer/songwriter Zac Brown, the band has a proven ability to crossover and wow audiences well outside of country fandom. However, despite winning a slew of awards and topping multiple charts, the Zac Brown Band has never reached the No. 1 position on the country digital sales chart - until now. The group’s 2015 hit, “Homegrown,” moved 74,000 copies in its first week, proudly making a debut at the top of the charts.
The single, which was included on their 2015 release, placed on the Billboard Top 100. Previously, the band’s hit “Colder Weather” had reached the No. 2 position in country digital sales, but peaked just short of the top spot.
This success was to be just the beginning for a group that has proved capable of developing an artfully multifaceted sound. The band from Georgia showed this depth in prime fashion during a tailgate performance outside of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas before the inaugural College Football Playoffs National Championship game. Besides playing a few of the band’s signature hits, Brown and company covered songs by Queen and Led Zeppelin. Known to infuse elements of reggae, bluegrass and R & B, the Zac Brown Band has certainly altered the landscape of country music. What’s more, the band has toured heavily since forming in 2002, proving to be consummate showmen and phenomenal live musicians.
Brown grew up heavily involved in music, learning to sing and play guitar at a young age. He even entered college on a vocal scholarship. While Brown has an extended musical background beginning with guitar lessons at age seven and continuing to classical voice lessons at the collegiate level, the Zac Brown Band only got its start in 2002. Despite the band’s name, Brown started seeking out talented musicians in 2002 under the ideology that everyone would have an equal stake in the group. In the band’s first year, the musicians performed 200 shows, an indefatigable pace which Brown and friends continue to this day.
Zac Brown Band is a country band comprised of Coy Bowles, Zac Brown, Clay Cook, Jimmy De Martini, Chris Fryar and John Driskell Hopkins. Embodying the country music sound combined with the jam band vibe, Zac Brown Band appeals to a wide audience.
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The want to perform at a consistently elevated level and to deliver that energy to listeners drove Brown to seek out a handful of musicians that embodied the same musical ideals. Once formed Zac Brown Band exploded onto the scene with tours that were loaded with concert performance dates. Taking time out only to record and release albums “Far from Einstyne” 2004, “Home Grown” 2005, “The Foundation” 2008 and “You Get What You Give” 2010, the band has continued to tour at a frenzied pace.
Soon after the release of “Home Grown” the band performed at the 2006 Bonnaroo Music Festival, exposing the boys to an even wider audience set. In 2008 the band’s first single “Chicken Fried” hit the country music charts followed by singles “Whatever It Is,” “Toes” and “Highway 20 Ride” topping the U.S. and Canadian charts. Since taking off with its debut album The Foundation in 2008, the Zac Brown Band has released several platinum albums.
Zac Brown Band played subsequent Bonnaroo lineups in 2009 and 2010, as well as performing with Dave Matthews Band. A star that exemplifies a similar Caribbean, laid-back vibe, Jimmy Buffett made an appearance on “Knee Deep,” a single off the band’s 2010 album. With all of the band’s musical and philosophical depth and breadth, amazingly they are still tucked away neatly into the country music genre.