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12/02/2010

Clay Cook Wraps up November and Gives us a Taste of What's Next in his Latest Blog!

ZBB would like to extend a Happy Thanksgiving holiday to everyone. Everyone enjoyed their families on Thursday & Sunday afternoon Zac had friends over for a belated 'family' Thanksgiving. This is such a wonderful family.

We jumped out on the road for one more event before the shows at the end of the year. We were honored to be named as one of CMT's Artists of the Year. They determined the selection of the five artists by some specific criteria: touring, album sales, & radio play. I'm assuming that we had a good year... otherwise we wouldn't have been invited. It was such a wonderful night. The vibe was SO different than a normal award show. There was no competition. Everyone was there to recognize & enjoy the five artists. Some artists didn't perform & had other acts tribute them. For instance, Maroon 5 played a Taylor Swift song. Other artists, like Carrie Underwood, performed like normal. We had an amazing dinner before hand too. I really can't say enough about what a great evening it was. It airs on CMT on this coming Friday, Dec 3rd - so tune in to see us perform Colder Weather with our friend Amos Lee.

We just found out last night that we're nominated for 4 Grammys. It's pretty crazy to be nominated one year & then nominated again the following year. It makes you feel like you're doing something right. I will say that I am extremely proud of this record & hope that every voting member of the Recording Academy gives it a fair listen. I think that if they're not on the ZBB bandwagon yet then it means that they don't have an informed opinion. G.I. Joe said it best when they said "knowing is half the battle."

All the ZBB clan have gone home to enjoy this Christmas season. Coy & John have new houses to tend to. Jimmy is expecting any second now. Myself, I'm on tour with the Wood Brothers in the northeast United States. Check out our schedule & come see us. When I get home, I go right back out with Levi Lowrey for a week in the southeast. I'm so in love with playing right now. Talk at you later.

Clay

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