Statement issued Monday:
After an eventful year on the charts and on the road, GRAMMY-Award winning Zac Brown Band has proven that "overnight success" can be years in the making. New fans drawn by the irresistible hit singles, the awe-inspiring musicianship and dynamic live shows might have thought the Zac Brown Band emerged from nowhere.
In fact, the band has paid its dues for years and put in its time for just this moment, it may have happened quickly, but it's definitely built to last. Now, fueled by numerous honors and accolades – including their GRAMMY win for "Best New Artist," "Top New Vocal Group" from the Academy of Country Music Awards and "Breakthrough Video of the Year" from CMT and USA Weekend – the Zac Brown Band is poised to move front-and-center in 2010.
No question, the past year has been dizzying for the hardworking act. The Foundation was released on November 18, 2008 on Atlantic Records and debuted at #17 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #3 on the Top Country Albums Chart, it is now certified platinum by the RIAA. The first single "Chicken Fried" peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Chart, maintaining that position for two weeks, and also debuted as the second-most downloaded country single on iTunes. "Whatever It Is" and "Toes" both reached # 1 and the fourth single "Highway 20 Ride" is climbing the charts.
In the fall of 2009 Zac Brown Band successfully headlined the Breaking Ground Tour. There's no question that the road-tested band had the chops to pull it off. In addition to bassist John Hopkins, fiddler Jimmy De Martini, guitarist/organist Coy Bowles and drummer Chris Fryar, this year the band has added multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Clay Cook, long known as a musician's musician and an MVP-caliber performer on the Georgia music scene. Cook, perhaps best known for his co-writes with Grammy-winner (and former Lo-Fi Masters bandmate) John Mayer, rounds out the ZBB sound on guitar, vocals, organ, mandolin and pedal steel.
"We've got a great following" Brown affirms. And while the band strongly identifies with country music and country radio and, of course, continues to have great success there, it's not an easily pigeonholed crowd; while loyal country fans show up in droves, the band also appeals to lovers of bluegrass, jam bands, reggae and seemingly everyone in between. It's no wonder that another famous genre-hopper, Michigan's Kid Rock, has performed with the band and given them his strong endorsement. Don't miss the Zac Brown Band perform live in concert at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, IN on July 7.
Tickets On Sale Saturday, May 1 at 10 am
All tickets $40.50 and are general admission, allowing fans to grab a seat in the stands or find a place to watch from the field. Tickets will be available at The Parkview Field Box Office, by phone at (260) 482-6400 or online at Tincaps.com or Parkviewfield.com. On Non Gamedays the Parkview Field Box Office is open Monday through Friday 9am – 5-pm. Rain or shine, the showtime is 7:30pm and gates open at 6:00. There is no baseball game on the day of the show.