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Zac Brown band balances demand and creative desire

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2014

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It's been 10 years since the Zac Brown Band's first album, a self-released disc appropriately titled "Home Grown."

Four years later the Georgia octet became a sensation with the triple-platinum "The Foundation," but the group members still have a soft spot for those early, pre-fame titles as well.

"We've always been talking about putting the old Zac Brown Band stuff out," notes multi-instrumentalist Clay Cook. "Zac has his own label, Southern Grown Artists, and it's still under discussion what format to do. Do you re-release it? Do you try to get back in and make it (sound) better, 'cause everybody's grown as a musician, a producer, as writers? Do you put out a double album?

"So there's been all sorts of discussions about what we want to do with that stuff. There's no definite plans. It may be something we just do and kinda put it out there with no promotion beforehand, just let people have it."

New music, of course, is a greater priority. In December the ZBB released "The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1," an EP from its collaboration with Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl. The title promises more of that in the future, but probably not until makes a formal follow-up to 2012's platinum "Uncaged," which debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and the Country Albums charts.

"We put out enough music to make two records a year, no problem," says Brown, 36. "We've just got to get on that pace and figure out how that's going to work with radio promotion and everything. We're just so proud to be out here and proud to set up camp and let everybody know we've got a lot of music coming to them, one way or another."

Cook, 36, adds that, "We've got enough songs to make a record tomorrow, but people want to see us play live, too. And we also have families. At some point we have to find the time and the right situation; you don't want to just go into the studio and try to band it out as fast as you can. You want to make the best music you can possibly make, 'cause people can hear your intention and if you're just trying to make money.

"You really want a recording where people are trying to really make an awesome piece of art and touch people the right way. That's what we shoot for, anyway."

WYCD Birthday Bash with the Zac Brown Band

7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township

Tickets are $79.50 and $49.50 pavilion, $32.50 lawn

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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