Tuesday, August 21, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Zac Brown Band

Artist:Zac Brown Band f/Jimmy Buffett
Song:Knee Deep
Album:You Get What You Give

The Zac Brown Band is one of today's top country music groups. They have had eight number one country hits and have crossed over to pop. Knee Deep is their biggest crossover hit. Lead singer Zac Brown is from Atlanta so his music is heavily influenced by Southern rock and country as opposed to the Nashville sound. He dabbled in music while in college but by 2001, he quit school and decided to be a full time musician. At first he was a solo act but eventually he decided to form a band. He started his own label which is now called Southern Ground and in 2004 he opened the restaurant Zac's Place. When a developer bought the restaurant in 2005, Brown bought a tour bus and went on tour. The band was Chris Fryar on drums, Jimmy Di Martini on violin and John Driscoll Hopkins on bass. Wyatt Durette was not in the band but he wrote most of the songs with Brown. They released a couple of independent CDs and the recorded The Foundation in 2006 with Keith Stegall. Stegall produces Alan Jackson. They signed with the short lived label started by concert promoter Live Nation. When they closed in 2008, Brown signed with Atlantic. They added guitarist Coy Bowles. Chicken Fried was their first number one country hit in 2008. Then they added former John Mayer sideman Clay Cook on guitar and mandolin. You Get What You Give was released in 2010 and Knee Deep was the second single. It topped the country charts and reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. Wyatt Durette said he wrote Knee Deep with Jimmy Buffett in mind. The band really wanted to work with him. The Zac Brown Band's success has continued with their latest CD Uncaged which was released in July. Percussionist Daniel de los Reyes joined the band in April. The Zac Brown Band is currently on tour. Here's the video for Knee Deep by Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett. The girl in the video is actress Juliette Lewis.

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