The Foundation

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Riding high at the top of the country charts with "Chicken Fried," Georgia native Zac Brown has made a sizzling debut. Updating country-music bona fides (he's an ace flatpicker) with jam-band sonics and even a bit of reggae, Brown and his band are dazzling bluegrass fans and Nashville regulars alike.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Now that Jimmy Buffett has tried repositioning himself as a country artist by cutting duets with the likes of Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney and Clint Black, it should come as no surprise that the Parrothead influence has begun making its way into Nashville, and the first major-label effort from Zac Brown features not one ...
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Editorial Reviews

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Riding high at the top of the country charts with "Chicken Fried," Georgia native Zac Brown has made a sizzling debut. Updating country-music bona fides (he's an ace flatpicker) with jam-band sonics and even a bit of reggae, Brown and his band are dazzling bluegrass fans and Nashville regulars alike.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Now that Jimmy Buffett has tried repositioning himself as a country artist by cutting duets with the likes of Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney and Clint Black, it should come as no surprise that the Parrothead influence has begun making its way into Nashville, and the first major-label effort from Zac Brown features not one but two songs "Toes" and "Where the Boat Leaves From" devoted to the joys of getting buzzed and playing music in some seaside locale with good weather. Seeing how most of the great names of country's formative era rarely if ever sang about vacationing beyond spending the odd night in a honky-tonk, this is an interesting and somewhat puzzling development, though Brown and his band have embraced a canny range of marketable influences on The Foundation. "Chicken Fried" is a radio-friendly homage to country-as-lifestyle including chicken fried steak, cold beer and supporting the troops, "It's Not OK" is a less-than-good-natured rant against some panhandler that will warm the hearts of Toby Keith fans, the "lite-funk with fiddle" groove of "Different Kind of Groove" suggests these guys have been listening to a lot of Dave Matthews, and "Highway 20 Ride" and "Free" show the influence of the more sentimental branches of the Texas Singer-Songwriter tradition through the results are more Pat Green than Robert Earl Keen. Brown has a fine voice and he and his band are solid pickers who've polished these songs to a fine semi-gloss after a few thousand nights on the road, but there's a calculated air of "something for everyone" about The Foundation that doesn't sound eclectic so much as an effort to chase down as many demographics as possible. Brown and his partners are determined to sing something you're going to like, but The Foundation would be a bit more satisfying if more of it came from the heart instead of some sort of strategy session.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678969485
  • Catalog Number: 516931
  • Sales rank: 2,698

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Toes (4:21)
  2. 2 Whatever It Is (3:29)
  3. 3 Where the Boat Leaves From (3:44)
  4. 4 Violin Intro to Free (1:01)
  5. 5 Free (3:48)
  6. 6 Chicken Fried (3:58)
  7. 7 Mary (2:50)
  8. 8 Different Kind of Fine (3:18)
  9. 9 Highway 20 Ride (3:51)
  10. 10 It's Not OK (4:10)
  11. 11 Jolene (4:21)
  12. 12 Sic 'Em on a Chicken (3:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Zac Brown Band Primary Artist
Zac Brown Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gary Prim Organ, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Joel Williams Electric Guitar
Greenwood Hart Organ, Accordion, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Marcus Petruska Drums, Background Vocals
Coy Bowles Track Performer
Marcus Petruska Drums, Background Vocals
Jimmy de Martini Fiddle, Background Vocals
John Driskell Hopkins Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
David Forman Art Direction
Greg Calbi Mastering
John Kelton Engineer
Ray LaMontagne Composer
George Marino Mastering
Keith Stegall Producer, Audio Production
Shawn Mullins Composer
Zac Brown Composer, Audio Production
Wyatt Durrette Composer
J Cline Composer
Gsn Composer
John Hopkins Composer
Jimmy de Martini Composer
John Driskell Hopkins Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    i love love love them

    there songs make me think about life and love and i love this band i would love to see them in a concert that would be awesome. my uncle got me in to them and country music and im glad he did :)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    You won't be disappointed

    Reminds me of Jimmy Buffet! I've been a fan of his for years.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Foundation

    I am so glad I bought this! I have enjoyed every song and have not found a reason to fast forward yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I listen to this CD as much as I can to the exclusion of other cds in my collection.

    great music, rhythm, words will catch you almost unaware!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorite cd's

    Most of the songs make you happy and make you dance. A couple make you think. That's a great balance in any music!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Country for the non-CW fan

    After hearing this band perform at the Grammy's award show, I couldn't get them out of my mind. I gave this CD to my husband for Valentine's Day. The choice coming from me surprised him, but we spent the afternoon playing the CD start to finish three times. The tunes and lyrics are easily picked up and fun to sing along with, regardless of your talent.
    Your toes can't help but tap, epecially to "Boats in the Water". Today we'll test the "driveability" qualities of the CD when we go out of town. Altogether a fun CD. I'm giving a copy to my son for his birthday this month.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it

    I love this CD. It was hard to find but well worth the effort. I've played it for other people who also want to go buy it now that they've heard it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a great "cheer-me-up" CD!

    I don't know who could listen to this album and not smile most of the time. I love the way the band combines rock, country and regae into a very listenable, catchy set of songs. The last song is not exactly PETA-approved, but really ends the CD on a humorous note!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice music with a caribbean sound

    A nice new modern twist to music

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    awesome band :)

    lisiten to this band they are awesome :)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Music

    Absolutely one of the best albums!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Weekend Delight!

    If you ever wanted a humorous
    and fun way to enjoy the weekend,
    listen to "The Foundation by Zach Brown!"
    A spark of friendship, love, passion to enjoy life
    and even your dog! A must listen if you like
    Southern-Style Country Music! And even chicken! LOL

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD!!

    I rarely purchase CD's anymore since I listen to Satalite Radio but I love the new Zack Brown song "Whatever It Is" so I broke down and purchased this CD. It definitely is one you will want to keep for your collection of great music since all of the songs are good. Many of them will not make the radio play list so you need the CD to truly enjoy and appreciate this band. Awesome!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this CD!

    Upbeat, fun songs and great voices. Chicken Fried makes me want to dance!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    MOST ENTERTAINING CD THAT I HAVE OWNED

    This has to be one of my best purchases... Every song is worth listening to.... I didn't think I would say that about any cd.... I can't wait til there second cd comes out...

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I am glad I finally found the Zac Brown band.

    Just can't stop listening to it. It's the 1st cd I grab in the morning on my way to work and what I listen to on the way home. I have been trying to find thier earlier cd's also.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Check out zacbrownband.com for a preview!

    This is a great CD and I can't wait until it comes out! The Zac Brown Band is great and you can listen to the entire CD on their website zacbrownband.com - I'm looking forward to the CD

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