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06/09/2008

Zac Brown - From the Road

The last time the Atlanta Music Scene blog got a Dispatch From The Road, it was
back in December, when SONiA and disappear fear were about to perform at
Eddie’s Attic.

Well, Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band (top photo) was kind of enough to oblige
us with our occasional effort to have traveling Atlanta-area acts shoot us posts as
they tour.

Here’s what burgeoning country-rocker Brown sent us just before
his date with ZZ Top at Chastain Park Amphitheatre this past weekend:

Zac Brown - Life on the Road: Nashville, TN - Enterprise, AL - Atlanta, GA!

After four of the busiest days ever for the Zac Brown Band at CMA fest in
Nashville, TN, we are headed to the Bamajam Festival in South Alabama where
we will share the stage with some world-renowned players. Unfortunately, we
won’t be sticking around to see all the great music Bamajam has to offer -
because we are going home - for all of 22 hours.

While we miss being at home, we love playing music to new folks every day and
every night. The crazy thing is that shows are only 1 - 2 hrs of the whole day so
there is a lot of down time to spend with your brothers from other mothers.

Here are a few tips from Zac Brown Band on how to survive being on the road
when you’re not pickin and grinning on stage or on the bus: First, is peanut
butter. We love peanut butter - so many different kinds, so many different ways to
eat it.

Second, we love air conditioning. With 12 dudes and 2 dogs, you learn to
appreciate the comfort of cold air at all times.

Which leads us to the third tour essential: Because of all the cold air and close
quarters, you will also want to stock up on Emergen - C or Airborne. Both of
which can be purchased on your timely Wal Mart stops. Best not to purchase
these items at truck stops as they are double the price.

Good things to purchase at truck stops are water, ice, batteries, “I heart (insert
city here) stickers, tiger heads, black metal suitcases and of course cheap
sunglasses.

So we are coming back to Atlanta for those blissful 22 hours where we play at
Chastain with ZZ Top tomorrow. We played with these guys in Birmingham last
week and it was definitely a highlight of our career. We’ll also be doing more
shows with Willie Nelson later this summer and Alan Jackson!

So until we get home again, we would like to give a shout out to all our friends,
families and folks who take care of us in the great city of Atlanta - the AJC, Kicks
101.5, Atkins Park, Tin Roof, Northside and of course the Dixie Tavern!

We will be home for a minute in August to wreak havoc on your fine
establishments. Thanks for your support! And listen for our first single “Chicken
Fried” on Kicks 101.5.

Peace, Love and Chicken Grease - Zac Brown

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