Zac Brown: ‘The Great Stories Live in Country and Folk Music’
Zac Brown isn't shy about admitting that he's a fan of rock music. The singer says that a lot of rock music has influenced the Zac Brown Band's albums, but as a songwriter, he remains rooted in country.
“The great stories live around country and folk music,” he tells CMT. “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.”
The band definitely, and proudly, blurs the lines between country and rock music at times. They released an EP, The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1, with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl last year and hint that they hope to do more in the future.
“Vol. 1 is literally everything we recorded, but we liked the idea of adding to this at some point,” ZBB member Clay Cook states. “We don’t know what the future holds, but we like the idea, and Dave loves the idea of making more music, too. It’s as open-ended to us as it is to you, but Dave was cool with calling it Vol. 1. So maybe Vol. 2 comes in 30 years; we don’t know. But we love the idea of the intention to do more, that’s for sure.”
While the Georgia-based band certainly doesn't plan on crossing over, Brown says they will continue to be influenced by music that isn't country.
“As we work to continue doing what we’re doing, there’s a lot of great rock music that has a great vibe,” he notes. “I can’t understand anything that they’re sayin’, [but] I still like it a lot.”
ZBB recently released "Homegrown," the debut single from their upcoming new album, which will be available later this year.
“All we’re doing is recording,” Brown says. “We’ve got 18 strong songs that we’ve whittled down and gotten ready. But you never know; one might pop up.”
Zac Brown Band are set to appear on Saturday Night Live on March 7.
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