Ten reasons Zac Brown Band will never win us over

5. On Southern Ground
Southern Ground is not only the name of his record label and cruise. According to the band's website: His Southern Ground banner flies over everything from metalworking to leather goods. In addition to housing offices and rehearsal space, the former industrial warehouse in Atlanta that serves as the company's headquarters also features a full kitchen for "Chef Rusty" Hamlin and his crew, the better to power those much-talked-about "eat and greets" that Brown, a former restaurant owner, hosts for lucky fans. The most farsighted plans reach beyond the warehouse, to a plot of land south of Atlanta where plans proceed for a nonprofit camp aimed to help kids overcoming behavioral and learning disabilities and disadvantaged backgrounds. Simultaneously, Southern Ground has secured a studio in Nashville for future recording needs. At this point it's safe to say that the Zac Brown Band is more than an act--it's quickly becoming a way of life.
Okay, we can't fault a dude who starts up a camp for kids. Who are we kidding. Yes we can, and we just did.

4. The DMB Connection
You know how people hate Dave Matthews Band? Sure you do. And why do people hate Dave Matthews Band? Beats me. They just do. It's like that, mom. Okay? Gawd.



3. Bands like this are why people think they hate bluegrass
I mean, bluegrass bands "jammed" before jamming was a jam, you know what I'm saying? And then the Grateful Dead came along, and that was pretty okay, but then "progressive bluegrass" bands from the String Cheese Incident to our own Trampled by Turtles followed, and all of a sudden, everyone hates bluegrass. Bill Monroe says that ain't fair! Or more accurately, he says, "That ain't no part of nothin'."

2. And the biggest ugh ever uttered
Was upon reading this, their own description of their latest album, Uncaged, which debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 and which was described by Brown as "your basic country-Southern rock-bluegrass-reggae-jam record":
The result of a highly collaborative process, it's the sound of a group of versatile musicians gelling into a formidable unit and realizing they're capable of anything their fearless leader happens to dream up, from traditional country ("The Wind") to Caribbean rhythms ("Jump Right In") and even slinky bedroom R&B ("Overnight"). Running roughshod over genre boundaries, and bringing its audience along for the ride, its title is absolutely accurate--this is truly the sound of a band 'Uncaged'.

1. We are sad, sad haters with joyless lives
To be honest, this might be the real reason Zac Brown Band makes us groan. We just don't know how to be happy about anything, ever. Can you turn up that sad love song by that guy who killed himself? Thanks.

So fine. You can have your hacky sacks and tie-dyed beardos. Come Saturday the rest of us will be listening to Little Jimmy Dickens make the same old tired jokes on the Opry. Enjoy the show.

Zac Brown Band plays Saturday 11/10 at Target Center with openers Levi Lowrey and Blackberry Smoke (7:00, $31.50-69.50). 



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10 comments
lundkd
lundkd

Once in awhile I come back and read a little something from city pages. Articles like this are why I stay away for the most part. Giving valuable space to more of the trendy local bands of the moment that usually can't play, write or hold up for long; then you actually have a band that can play their instruments and write a real song you bash em...gotta love it...

WestCoastOR
WestCoastOR

Great article! Very funny! You got people thinking and commenting. That's what it's all about. And at the end of the day, Zac Brown Band fans are that much stronger in their love and loyalty when they get to defend it. And non fans (like myself) get a great laugh! It's a win win situation! Dang I love freedom of speech!

brennanlee.o
brennanlee.o

I just love the feedback you are getting for this article.  Look I don't care for country and I certainly don't like the Beanie head band, but its music and its meant to be subjective.  The problem is this article really has no reason to be on Citypages,  yes the band is coming and if you want to do a highlight real of the show.. by all means, but don't waste your web page space on silly articles that are completely pointless.. and obviously bias. 

Lucy51008
Lucy51008

Wow! There are plenty of bands and other things in life that I don't like "just because." But I would have a hard time justifying getting paid to write an article with the gist of my distaste as "just because."

Jessica Olson
Jessica Olson

The reasons you don't like the Zac Brown Band are so petty and ridiculous. Trying to make it into a funny article just makes you look more like an ass. Way to be fair in your reporting on different genres.

Doug McGraw
Doug McGraw

You know what's worse than listening to The Zac Brown Band? Reading an article by a writer who thinks he/she is funny and they aren't.

courtney.klos
courtney.klos

I don't completely agree with this article, but when I saw this band play live, it struck me that they aren't a country band.  They are really a talented reggae-jam band that wanted to be successful.  So they broke into country, using Country Radio, which promotes the hell out of their own music, to launch to stardom.  I bet they look at each other every day, grinning and saying "wow, that was easy...and all we had to do is write a southern-fried jingle that mentions freedom (Chicken Fried)"

Scoops
Scoops

ugh.. this is a stupid article but at least you admit that you are just a hater... Also, while bluegrass can get old, Im not seeing this "everyone hates bluegrass" trend... 

Erica
Erica

You don't like a band "just because"? Wow. WTF does City Pages hire people to write these awful articles? Craigslist? I get it. You don't like Zac Brown Band. I don't like country music in general but you don't see me rambling on and on about it.

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