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05/31/2008

Jazz Fest Band Brings 'Lake' Sounds

Zac Brown from the Zac Brown band described the band's sound as lake music and if the lyrics of their song Toes, where they describe having toes in the water, didn't make it obvious enough, they welcome that distinction.

Given the Atlanta based band plays lake music then the 18th Alexander City Jazz Festival and the Lake Martin Amphitheatre is the perfect venue for them to showcase their talent. They will
perform on Saturday June 14 at 8 p.m.

"Our music has a touch of the water in it, it really has a touch of everything," Brown said. "It's the
perfect thing to listen to when you're by the water and relaxing. I like to have my toes in the water that is feeling behind the music." Brown said the band's sound mixes country with classic southern rock styles.

"Its recognizably southern but its universally accepted," he said. "Its all about great songs and
great harmony." Brown said his music has countless influences.

"I grew up a fan of great bands like the Eagles and the Allman Brothers," he said. James Taylor and Jim Croce have also been influential to me." Brown said he grew up around music, being a part of a choir through his entire time in school starting in first grade and learning how to play the guitar at an early age as well.

"I've been singing since about the time I could talk," he said. "I've been playing guitar for 22
going on 23 years." He said although he has been performing for the better part of eleven years, the band has been together for three years. The band's new album "The Foundation" will be available by the end of the summer.

The band is in the middle of a tour, which recently made a stop in Birmingham.

"People aren't ever disappointed with our live performances," he said. "We like to capture the
intensity of a live performance in the albums we record, we rehearse them, make them tight and record them. If people love the record they will love the performance."

Brown said the most important part of performing for him was connecting with people.
"We like to make sure the audience has a good time," he said. "We want to exceed expectations."

He said life on the road can be somewhat hectic but he enjoys that aspect of performing the
most. "You miss home sometimes but it makes always makes it sweeter when you come back," he said. "I enjoy hanging out on the bus and working out with the band on different songs though."

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