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01/14/2011

Atlanta’s Zac Brown Band to sing national anthem

Thomas Dimitroff’s ability to evaluate and secure talent apparently does not end with football players.

It sounds like the Falcons general manager and music enthusiast had a hand in landing the Atlanta-based Zac Brown Band to perform the national anthem for Saturday’s divisional playoff game against Green Bay.

The country group, which won a Grammy in 2010 for best new artist and was nominated last month for four more, got to know Dimitroff through a business contact. Band members sat in Dimitroff’s box for the Falcons’ wins over Baltimore and New Orleans.

“He was basically buttering us up the entire time to sing the national anthem,” band member Clay Cook said. “He was just taking really, really good care of us. Maybe that’s the way he is.”

The band was glad to oblige. Band members’ Falcons roots go back to the 80’s. Though they’ve been on tour, they’ve managed to watch almost all of their games this season. They plan on singing in their Falcons gear.

Said Cook, “We’ll wear whatever they want us to wear, as long as it’s not a Green Bay jersey.”


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