Zac Brown Band Hall of Fame Exhibit Will Be ‘Homegrown’
An upcoming exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame will celebrate the unique music and career arc of Zac Brown Band. Homegrown: Zac Brown Band is set to open in July of 2016 and run for an entire year at the museum in Nashville.
Zac Brown Band have become one of the biggest — and most seemingly unlikely — success stories in country music since launching in their home state of Georgia in 2002. The eight-man instrumental and vocal ensemble scored their first radio hit in 2008 with "Chicken Fried" and have gone on to land a total of 15 No. 1 hits, including "Highway 20 Ride," "As She's Walking Away," "Colder Weather" and most recently, "Beautiful Drug."
Those stats are all the more impressive, given the unusual path the group have taken to success. Unusually self-sufficient, they write their own material, own their own recording facility and generally work well outside of the confines of the Nashville establishment, building their touring base over the years until they are now capable of playing stadium dates. They have collaborated with a wide variety of artists from diverse genres over the years, including Gregg Allman, Jimmy Buffett, Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl, Alan Jackson, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor.
"Zac Brown Band did not set out to be country music stars," museum CEO Kyle Young says in a press release. "Instead they ignored genre restrictions and focused on creating upbeat and soulful sounds that resonated with fans. Fifteen No. 1 hits later, they are one of the most innovative groups in country music today. With this exhibition we will trace the band's organic path to stardom that can only be described as 'homegrown.'"
"It's an incredible honor to have the history of our band captured by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum," adds Zac Brown. "From day one, it has always been about connecting with our fans by writing songs that come from our hearts, performing at our best, and creating unique ways to engage with them beyond the stage. It has been a crazy journey, and we've grown as musicians, as performers, and as individuals. We thank our fans for all their support and hope they enjoy the exhibit as much as we do."
Homegrown: Zac Brown Band will open at the Hall of Fame on July 22 and run through July of 2017. The exhibit will include stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts, photos and more from the band's personal collection. For more information, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's website.
Zac Brown Band will also perform at Country Jam 2016 in June.
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