It’s Coy here. Things are really cooking for the Zac Brown Band these days. We’ve got the new album, You Get What You Give, coming out Sept. 21. The entire band put a lot of blood, sweat, tears and chicken grease into this new album. We are extremely proud of it and excited for you guys to give it a listen. It features 14 songs. Some of the deluxe versions of the CD feature unheard studio and live tracks. There’s more than that going on as well so I’ll give you a snapshot of the past and things to come.
We just finished an amazing Zac Brown Band cruise called Sailing Southern Ground. It’s hard to put into words how much music and fun were had on this boat. All of the members of ZBB got a chance to show their multiple talents and interests. Jimmy taught a daily workout class. Clay performed with multiple acts, did a songwriters workshop and performed a solo show. Chris transformed and transcended body and soul and announced the morning news over the loud speakers as his blues counter personality, Mississippi Meatbone. John performed with his band Brighter Shade and did his radio show, Under the Influence, with Gaelic Storm. Zac played numerous late night jams, like we were back in Atlanta in the bar scene, and did cooking demonstrations with the help of Chef Rusty. I myself gave an instructional class on understanding the basics of music theory, hosted a songwriter’s circle and performed with my band Coy Bowles and the Fellowship.
Needless to say, we were more than busy doing our thing. But we still got a chance to have some major one-on-one hang time with the fans and enjoy the boat. A list of our favorite musicians such as Micheal Franti and Spearhead, the Wood Brothers, Blackberry Smoke, Shawn Mullins, Jason Isbell, the Southern Ground artists Levi Lowrey, Sonia Leigh and Nic Cowan, along with many other amazing musicians, joined us for the four-day cruise. I have to give a special shout out to our buddy, Francisco Vidal, who played from midnight to 5, 6, and 7 in the morning every night. He is now known as Francisco “Diesel” Vidal. In the end, Sailing Southern Ground was a complete success and we all needed a week to recover.
We started a new tour about a month or so before the cruise took place. This tour included opening act and prodigy fiddle player, Casey Driessen, and the newly signed Southern Ground artists, the Wood Brothers. The Zac Brown Band stepped up the show by unveiling a new set which included new super cool video walls, newly designed stage layout and new songs from You Get What You Give. We had a lot of fun including Casey and his band and the Wood Brothers in the show. We’ve been rocking a version of “Georgia on My Mind” that includes a three-part string section and all the bands combined for a super band of 11 or so people onstage at one time. It’s definitely something to see and hear.
Other things to briefly mention are that we are currently on the cover of this month’s issue of Billboard magazine with an awesome article about the band. We released our first single, “As She’s Walking Away,” off the new album, which features the fellow Georgian musician Alan Jackson. The video for this song was also released a little after the song hit the airwaves. Here is a little inside scoop about the video for “As She’s Walking Away.” The lead male role in the video is Zac’s brother in law. He is also Zac’s guitar tech. So those of you who come to the ZBB shows might recognize that the guy handing Zac his guitars during the performance is the same guy in the video. We like to think of ourselves as multi-talented across the board, even the crew. I’m sure I left fifty-eleven things out, but that’s a little of what we’ve been up to.
Now for the “what’s to come” section of this blog: Drum roll, please! The next run of our tour will feature Robert Randolph and the Family Band as an opening act. Robert Randolph is a prodigy pedal steel player. At times he sounds like Jimi Hendrix and other times like nothing you’ve ever heard before. He has taken his instrument and pop, soul, funk and gospel music to a whole new level. His band isn’t called the Family Band for nothing. They really are his blood-kin family. We are super excited to have a family union if you will with the ZBB family and the Robert Randolph family together on one tour, on one stage. Oliver Wood will also be joining us for the tour as well as soul singer Sarah Dugah. About a year ago, the band made a list of things we would like to do in the future. One of the main goals from every member of the band was to perform at the magnificent and maybe best outside venue of all time, Red Rocks in Colorado. Not only is this happening but also it’s already sold out.
This run will include the following dates:
9/16 – Oklahoma City, Okla.
9/17 – Lubbock, Texas
9/18 – Albuquerque, N.M.
9/19 – Red Rocks, Colo. **SOLD OUT — huge show!**
9/23 – Reno, Nev.
9/24 – Fresno, Calif.
9/25 – Phoenix, Ariz.
9/26 – Irvine, Calif.
There are babies in the bellies of band members’ wives. Say that 10 times fast. With that said we will be taking a little break after this next run. But only to re-energize, then it’s back out to melt faces once the tiny new additions to the family are born. This will be Zac’s fourth and Jimmy’s second child. It’s so cool to me to have the kids around and see your friends enjoying life and family. In closing I’d like to thank all the fans for all your support with the first album, and I hope you enjoy the new release just as much and more.