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The Foundation

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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.


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 18, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B001I10AAA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (461 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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95 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Matt Davis on 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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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Joey Sciarra on 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 By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mary Bulla on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By H. Williams on 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nelson on November 21, 2008
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dustin on November 23, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
Great Cd by a Band I thought I'd hate. I'm not a huge fan of todays style of music, so I was a little hesitant to purchase the cd. After hearing Chicken Fried and Whatever It Is, I was hooked. Then when Toes came out, I thought they were a Kenny Chesney rip off band, and finally they released Highway 20 ride, so I had to buy it, and There's not a bad song on the cd. Alot of people will think the same as I did, but the cd as the ZBB says is just a Different Kind of Fine
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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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