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The Foundation

The Brown Band, Zac Brown BandAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 18, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B001I10AAA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Playing upwards of 200 dates a year, more than 2,500 shows in their career and selling more than 20,000 CDs independently, Zac Brown Band has only begun its ascent. The band's aggressive touring has helped it develop a fanatical grassroots following by winning over believers one person at a time. Driven by awe-inspiring musicianship, skillful songwriting and a dynamic live show that inspires word-of-mouth buzz, Zac Brown Band is already embraced by audiences who sing along with every word.

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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zac Brown Band - the Real Deal November 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I first heard ZBB when they opened for Los Lonely Boys in October '08, just before "Chicken Fried" became a bona-fide hit. I had never in my life heard of them, yet I walked away from that show a die-hard fan. These guys are all amazing musicians, fluidly traversing across genres song in and song out, be it country, rock, reggae, or bluegrass. They have a sound all their own that is firmly grounded in southern roots. Their songs are all heartfelt and catchy, and unlike so many of the polished and overproduced pop acts that dominate the country charts that are computerized shadows of themselves, these guys are legit - truly at home on the stage. Like another reviewer stated, there's not a song on this CD that I ever skip.

In spite of not fitting the mold that mainstream country would just love to cram them into (think Rascal Flatts,) I have a feeling these guys are going to be around, on their own terms, for a long, long time. I'm already pining for the next album. That's why I think they are the "Real Deal."
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~laid back attitude~ November 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Although they aren't "cookie cutter" typical radio-ready country, the Zac Brown Band suddenly have found themselves with a #1 smash country hit, "Chicken Fried", a catchy tune with great harmony and fiddle playing. Surprisingly, their album is a nice mix of a variety of music that is really hard to describe. Think half island/reggae country similar to Kenny Chesney's - and half bluegrass country similar to Union Station. Soothing, relaxing, and just great to pop in and chill out...chicken fried comfort music for the soul!

I hope ZBB continues to put out more of this awesome music...very pure and not over-produced at all! It's rare for the modern country music industry to accept non-mainstream music, and it's so nice to see some variety for a change...so I hope this trend continues and they get more national recognition. They are a very talented band, and i love their simple acoustic style...awesome stuff!!!

Song to check out: "Whatever It Is" (track #2)
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zac Brown Band's Firm "Foundation" November 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Prime Cuts: Toes, Highway 20 Ride, Chicken Fried

One of the most surprising success news of late is the rise to fame of Zac Brown Band. Despite selling over 30,000 records without a major label, Zac Brown Band was essentially still a southern band in its own confining niche. However, the tables were turned with their new record, when the single "Chicken Fried" became a top 5 country hit. A southern rock indulgence into southern living, "Chicken Fried" has a down home feel that has indeed struck a chord with country radio. Interestingly, "Chicken Fried" (though a Zac Brown original) was first recorded by Lost Trailers and almost became a single before the powers that be gave them the red light. Most gratifying is that this entire disc is co-produced by Keith Stegall whose most impressive item on his resume was helming most of Alan Jackson's record. Stegall's fingerprints are all over the disc, just like with those Jackson records, Stegall has imbued each track here with a stripped down feel clad exiguously with fiddles, steel and all those rustic greats. This is a definite relief from the pummeling of those extensive electric guitar riffs and ear-popping drums.

What relives "The Foundation" from any soporific moments is that there's not a standard sonic palette by which all of these 11 tracks emerge. Rather, variety is the beauty. The disc takes on a good start with the Jimmy Buffett-esque "Toes." Such an evocation of a hedonistic lifestyle of lazing at the beach is further encouraged by the tune's bright and sunny melody. "Highway 20 Ride," on the hand, swings the mood to the other extreme. A gorgeous road song with a searing heartache, Brown's yearning and sensitive vocal nuances really bring out a whole level of emotional significance.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gem! November 18, 2008
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I've seen the band perform and liked their laid back vibe but honestly, I bought this CD just because I love the song "Chicken Fried". When I got it and popped it in the CD player I just let it run. It is one of the few CDs I own that I can honestly say there isn't a single song that I'd fast forward through. I like them all. After just one day, I'm already humming them to myself and recommending the CD to all my friends. What a great surprise!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great People and A Great Band December 11, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have known Zac since college and I have been following him since he played at the Border on a thursday night in Carrollton, GA! He, the band, and their music have this magical ability to draw people in. Those who have never heard them, love them by the end of the night. The CD is "feel good music." This is the beginning of an amazing career for Zac and this band.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will stay in my CD player for months November 21, 2008
By Nelson
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those CDs that I can't fathom taking out of my CD player. It's soulful, down to earth, good music. I just hope they keep writing great music like this one.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What the hell? No Toes!!! January 24, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This would have gotten 5 stars if they had not removed songs the songs Toes, Jolene, and Sic 'Em On A Chicken to add 3 lives songs on here. If you want Toes or the other 2, you better stick to the original - The Foundation. Also if you do want this version, you can get it for under $12 at a Cracker Barrel near you.

2 of the 3 live songs: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and I Shall Be Released will be on Pass The Jar - Zac Brown Band and Friends Live from the Fabulous Fox Theatre In Atlanta (2CD/1DVD) coming out in May 2010.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I Love this group and this is a great album. I would suggest to buy this one for your collection.
Published 4 days ago by fpl3chl
5.0 out of 5 stars ZBB!
As always every ZBB CD is great from the start to finish. Love listening to this CD on road trips
Published 12 days ago by Kenneth Shill
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it
Im new to the zac brown band and country but i was shocked just how many radio songs this album contains. Out of 12 songs i think 9 are on the raido. Buy it
Published 16 days ago by keg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I am no music critic but I love this CD. I wish I could go on and on as to why it is great but it just is. You will not be disappointed.
Published 17 days ago by David Uphoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Foundation Of Country Music!!
From one song this band has won me over so I had to have their first cd as part of my collection too..... Read more
Published 19 days ago by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Awwwsum song
Great Chicken Fried Song Good Job Zac Brown band!!!!!!I know they worked really hard and if someone else wrote the words they are GREAT
Published 27 days ago by William P. Lanford
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as their live concert
Great CD, just was surprised that it wasnt in a plastic jewel case but a hard paper case instead. Im sure its stated but I didnt read that part and it caught me off guard, still a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MrDurwood10
1.0 out of 5 stars love the album but...
I love this album but,even though this CD wrapped like new It skips so I bought a new copy elsewhere
Published 1 month ago by Brenda long
5.0 out of 5 stars Zac Brown Band The Foundation
I think the Zac Brown Band is a great Country Band. They have a great sense of humor as a band. My favorite song is Toes on this CD.
Published 1 month ago by Nicole DeMaio
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorites
I love Zac Brown. I love his music, I love the words, and I don't get tired of them. I listened to one cd about 8 times on an all-day drive through the Ozark mountains when I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adelle
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How great will the Zac Brown Band become?
I agree!! They seem to be "the real deal". Let's hope they don't let their success go to their heads. I'd hate to see them turn into some slick, over-produced music act. Keep it real, guys!!
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