Zac Brown Band Debut ‘Heavy Is the Head’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’ [WATCH]
ZBB played their current single, "Homegrown," during their first SNL performance slot, but for their second performance, they broke out "Heavy Is the Head," a new track from Jekyll + Hyde featuring Chris Cornell. It's a decidedly rock tune, blending a heavy, fuzzy guitar line and some fun fiddle sounds with Zac Brown's vocals and guest vocals from Cornell, who appeared on the SNL stage with the group for the performance.
While the sound may come as a surprise to some of the band's country fans, it's not completely new for them. The Zac Brown Band released an EP, The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1, with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl in 2014, and Brown isn't shy about admitting to ZBB's rock influences.
“The great stories live around country and folk music,” he says. “I think the challenge is just taking that same lyric and story that’s in that song and wrapping in something that’s gonna move all those people the same way that those rock songs do. It’s always a challenge to try to make ‘em better and figure out that puzzle.”
Press play on the video above to hear "Heavy Is the Head," and check out the video below to see the group's "Homegrown" performance.
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