a long time, I had been fighting this guys material,
like, who is he? Covering all this stuff and
sounding like Charlie Daniels, doing Southern Rock
in his shows.
Zac Brown quit his job cooking in the family
restaurant in Atlanta, GA to start a musical career.
He started out just by himself singing and playing
guitar. One by one, Brown added members to his
group. This is his fourth album and I am listening
to here is what won me over for good. There is a
short fiddle intro and then the song starts, I used
to see this video on GAC all of the time, the song
is "Free". The video shows the ZBB on a visit to
Iraq and follows them around and they do a show for
the troops. For me, this is tops, it is a real
sacrifice to make a trip to Iraq, but they looked
comfortable and the song is beautiful.
Alan Jackson's cohort for many years, Keith Stegall
helps him produce this The Foundation. Brown
insists that their music is Southern, not country,
now there are places in the CD that I can pick that
up, but face it folks, "chicken pickin' is chickin'
pickin'". Speaking of... "Chicken Fried" is a
classic song that just begs a listen, full of great
hooks and melodies. I really love a song that they
do called "Mary". It is about someone who is letting
him down. Between him and his lead guitar player,
the song has some really great guitar pickin'.
Brown's classical type guitar gives out a different
vibe, but he makes it work. The guitar is a custom
Taylor, made for him, and Brown plays it well. The
whole band is great.
"Different Kind Of Find" goes into some southern
rock on the lead guitar, this recording has a real
live feel. His band really has their own signature
on their sound and they are southern folk that make
you feel at home. When I first watched him, I just
did not trust him. He seemed a bit aloof, I think
that is, just him. After watching much footage of
him, he seems to be a real down-home type of guy.
Bonus coverage - What makes this edition of The
Foundation different, other than you can only
get it at Cracker Barrel, is the addition of three
cover songs that they do live. They do a Band
like version of "The Night They Drove Ole Dixie
Down". The vocals are just great, lots of emotion
and energy put into it. Then they do a Lucinda
Williams song titled, "I Lost It". For the last song
is a very moving version of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be
Released." Another awesome rendition with an
incredible slide break, reminiscent of Duane Allman.
I mean the phrasing, everything sounds just like
Allman is in the House. Man, can this guy play some
guitar. Brown sings this really well with help from
Well, this was a very enjoyable review. This CD is
just plain good, plus, the bonus stuff. Zac,
also has some things in the store, like a cookbook
and a couple of sauces "Southern Ground Grub".