Clay takes to the ZBB BlogWell, well, well. If it ain't the old Zac Brown Band Blog...under new management, mind you. Yes, it is I, Clay, the new guy in that band - taking the wheel. I promise more frequent updates that the previous blogger. Okay, let's see. A great deal has happened since the last blog. So this is more of a facts/catch-up blog than future entries... less minutia. Forgive me for being brief.
For starters, we played "Whatever It Is" on one of the last broadcasts of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Then we went to our 50th state of the Union, Hawai'i, to shoot scenes for our upcoming video for the song "Toes." Then, we sang our national anthem at an NBA playoff game at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The Hawks lost, but we still had a blast watching LeBron.
We've also played a handful of shows opening for Keith Urban in the midwest. Those have been very eye opening on how "the big boys do it."
Winner of best day ever: May 17th, Detroit, MI. We sang the anthem to open up a Tigers' home game. Stayed for a few innings (in a game they eventually won). Then, onto do something every hockey fan should experience before they die: a playoff game in Detroit. The Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks in the first game of the Western Conference Finals. Then, we opened up for Willie Nelson. During that set we backed up Kid Rock for his hit "All Summer Long." Then, Zac got to sing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" with Willie. (Still not done). Then, we went back to Kid Rock's house & recorded a new song in his studio. We ended up staying Sunday night on into Tuesday morning - enjoying all of the comforts of a multi-million dollar estate. Kid Rock is way cooler than you could ever imagine. That's all I have to say about that.
Memorial Day, Chastain Park Ampitheatre, Atlanta, GA: runner up for best day ever. Not much to cover here. It's always good to come home & have a wonderful day of food & music with 5,000 of your closest friends. We love our home!
On this last run we got to play after a Pittsburgh Pirates game in PNC Park. Our set was accompanied by thousands & thousands of fireworks. That was wild.
Please go to cmt.com & vote for us to win a CMT award (if you are so inclined). Even if you voted in the first round, we need you in the second round - like the Cobra Kai, the bigger acts can show no mercy. Daniel-son needs your help.
Our song "Whatever It Is" has just completed it's 2nd week at #1 on the CMT Top 20 Countdown. Can't ask for more than that!
On the horizon: We're really excited about Thursday at Bonneroo. CMAfest should be a new level of experience for us as well.
We can't even thank you enough. You are the 95 octane unleaded in this Hemi. Let's roll down the road without a GPS taking pictures of this great country & fist pumping to AC/DC together.
See you soon!