Zac Brown Band Tour + New Album
If you expect to get the toes-in-the-water feeling - you will. If you expect to have a sudden outburst of headbanging-the-night-away - you will. That's what you will experience, and everything in between, on Zac Brown Band's new album "Jekyll + Hyde".
When Zac Brown Band turned down several recording contracts because the labels wanted to have session players playing on their albums and not the band members and they waited until they had freedom to do what was in their vision, lovers and fans of freedom of musical creativity won a very eclectic force and creative unity of music perfectionists.
Genre-purists have a hard time figuring out where to place Zac Brown Band right now: are they a country band, a hard rock band, do they play folk or island country? The answer is all the above, sometimes all at once. On their latest album "Jekyll + Hyde" they are giving music lovers in general and their fans in particular both exactly what they expected and wanted plus fused electronic surprises mixed in with it. It starts with a Country Euro Dance Beat in "Beautiful Drug". The modern country music fan can indulge in "Homegrown", "Bittersweet" and the patriotic reflective "Dress Blues". Also in the message song, the love-is all-we-need inspired "Remedy" - with a Celtic flare, "Tomorrow Never Comes" - with 80s synthesizers and "I'll Be Your Man (Song For A Daughter)", a ZBB melodic creation with Tex-Mex vibes.
If they had not called the album for "Jekyll + Hyde", they could have called it "Fused", since they are marrying so many styles into their very strong ZBB foundation of rhythmic country elaborations. A marriage that is a seamlessly woven, intricate musically geniality.
While reviewers and critics are scratching their heads and continue to ponder what Zac Brown Band is and stand for, the fans keep filling the stands, seats and venues everywhere they go.
For tour dates visit http://www.zacbrownband.com/shows.html
Shelley Ridge for Country Music News International Magazine