Zac Brown Band
Three-time GRAMMY Award winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band (ZBB) have become one of music's most heralded acts. With a historic nine consecutive #1 hit singles, awe-inspiring musicianship and dynamic live shows, the Georgia six-piece is definitely built to last.
Since 2009, the band has garnered more than 50 combined GRAMMY, ACM, AMA, CMA, and CMT award nominations with wins including their 2010 GRAMMY win for "Best New Artist," 2010 CMA win for "New Artist of the Year," and 2011 ACM Top Vocal Event of the Year for "As She's Walking Away" with Alan Jackson.
In 2012, their latest album Uncaged debuted at # 1 on Billboard 200 and the band have just received a Grammy Award for Best Country Album. Describing the new album is anything but simple. "It's your basic country-Southern rock-bluegrass-reggae-jam record," Brown joked to Associated Press. The group added Daniel de los Reyes, a percussionist who's worked with Earth, Wind & Fire, Sting and Stevie Nicks among others. His addition to the already existing rhythm section of bassist John Driskell Hopkins and drummer Chris Fryar has allowed the band to expand its sound into new territory. Bluesfest 2013 Artists Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue also feature on the album; ZBB’s first shot at straight –up R&B.
In many ways Zac Brown Band is an unlikely success story.
Bands that cover so much territory tend to become critics' darlings, but not platinum sellers. "The two things I think that make this band different from anybody else, and the reason why we're here today, is that everybody has an insane work ethic," says ZBB Guitarist/Keyboardist Bowles. "Nobody complains. Everybody plays their asses off, everybody gets on the plane or bus even if they're not feeling well, and tries to do everything to the best of their ability, always. And Zac has this ability to make you believe what he's singing no matter what. So if we do an R&B tune or a reggae tune, he's totally believable”.
"One cool thing about Zac is that he loves to include everybody," ZBB Fiddle/ Vocalist De Martini adds. "He doesn't really have to have the Zac Brown Band. I think he would be successful just as Zac Brown. But the band adds a lot and takes it to another level. It's one big family with him."
A big welcome to the Zac Brown ‘Family’ to Bluesfest this Easter.