Foundation

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:
1623

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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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