By: Matt Bjorke
The annals of country music history is littered with stories of bands who have come into public consciousness, delivered a hit or two and left just as quickly as they arrived. Then, there are others, timeless bands, real bands, that have stood the test of time. Bands like Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Alabama and Diamond Rio. What do these bands have that virtually every other band hasn't? The ability to play everything on their own records. It's a proud legacy in which Zac Brown Band has not only championed but thrived with as each of their first 10 singles (from The Foundation and You Get What You Give) have hit either #1 or #2 on the Billboard Country Singles chart.
When "Chicken Fried" was released in 2008, Zac Brown Band was still five members (Zac Brown, Jimmy Di Martini, John Driskell Hopkins, Coy Bowles and Chris Fryar). In 2009 they added multi-instrumentalist Clay Cook and just this spring announced percussionist Daniel de los Reyes to make the band seven members strong with each member bringing the band a diversity not heard anywhere else in country music radio. It is this diversity which is showcased in the band's 2012 release Uncaged a record which runs the gamut from progressive country rockers to reggae, to outright R&B/soul to the bluegrass-leaning lead single "The Wind."
It is with this in mind that we recently sat down to talk with Clay Cook about Uncaged, new member Daniel, the band's diversity, growth and much, much more.
To see the full article and Roughstock's interview with Clay, visit here.