Foundation

The Foundation

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by Zac Brown Band
     
 

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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.  See more details below

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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.

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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:
0075678969485
catalogNumber:
516931
Rank:
2538

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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

John Kelton   Engineer
Ray LaMontagne   Composer
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
David Forman   Art Direction

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The Foundation 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
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sparksfanCM More than 1 year ago
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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Ashley24 More than 1 year ago
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
Sixtyminmn More than 1 year ago
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.
piper7 More than 1 year ago
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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Upbeat, fun songs and great voices. Chicken Fried makes me want to dance!!!
MargMM More than 1 year ago
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!!
Author More than 1 year ago
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
NovelNomad More than 1 year ago
Absolutely one of the best albums!
cooldudeST More than 1 year ago
lisiten to this band they are awesome :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice new modern twist to music
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
justrn More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of the songs make you happy and make you dance. A couple make you think. That's a great balance in any music!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great music, rhythm, words will catch you almost unaware!
Rayn01 More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I bought this! I have enjoyed every song and have not found a reason to fast forward yet.
ladycove More than 1 year ago
Reminds me of Jimmy Buffet! I've been a fan of his for years.
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