Saturday, August 11, 2012

CD Review: The Zac Brown Band Become "Uncaged" On Third Album

American country artist the Zac Brown Band have a very distinct sound that is made up of many different musical genres. They are primarily a country band, borrowing the classic acoustic country of legends like Willie Nelson and George Jones. Then, they combine the southern rock of the Allman Brothers Band and the jamband sound of the Dave Matthews Band to create a unique, but universal sound.

The Zac Brown Band released their newest album, “Uncaged” on July 10 and it debuted at #1, just like its predecessor “You Get What You Give.” The band received a little help on this album from fellow singer/songwriters Jason Mraz (songwriting credit on “Jump Right In”) and Amos Lee (vocals on “Day That I Die”). The band hits all the right marks on this album, getting the southern rock sound on “Uncaged” and going a little reggae on “Island Song.” The band shows off how well they harmonize on the country ballad “Goodbye In Her Eyes,” before creating a country hoe-down with “The Wind.” They experiment with their sound on the R&B, funk flavor of “Overnight” featuring horns by Trombone Shorty. The album closes with the “feel good” country flow of “Last But Not Least” as the song reaches its peak then flows back to its mellow conclusion.

The Zac Brown Band just performed at The Peach Music Festival and will continue on to the Benefit for Atlanta Community band before hitting Connecticut on August 31. The band will kick off their headling tour with two nights at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT before concluding their tour on November 17 at Madison Square Garden. For a complete list of dates and for more information on the new album, please visit zacbrownband.com.

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