Success often makes new listeners wary of a band. Too many hits too fast and one may wonder if an artist is a flash in the pan and unworthy of a serious music fan's attention. However, sometimes a truly talented, hard working group breaks through and the world is simply wise enough – for a rare change – to recognize a good thing when it lands in their lap.
In 2008 it seemed the Zac Brown Band came out of nowhere to pulverize the country charts, racking up four number one singles and double platinum album sales for what many thought was their debut, The Foundation. But, two self-released albums preceded this first major label release, along with a tour schedule that had kept the band away from home for as many as 200 gigs a year since 2002. All that wood shedding and club humping rings out in the confidence and craftsmanship of The Foundation, and the past two years where they've become a major headlining draw and a fixture on CMT and country radio shows in the utterly confident, absolutely winning follow-up You Get What You Give (released September 21 on Southern Ground/Atlantic), which opens with a scene full of hippie-esque wisdom played out over chord-skipping acoustic guitar and playful fiddle that ride a shuffling beat.
Spent the night with a friend of mine and a handle of good whiskey
Picked guitars and talked about how the glory days went missing
It didn't take too long to find the truth inside that bottle
Cast a-sea so long ago was a message from my father
You keep your heart above your head and your eyes wide open
So this world can't find a way to leave you cold
No, you're not the only ship out on the ocean
Save your strength for things that you can change
Forget the ones you can't
You got to let it go
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