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.”

9 comments Add your comment


January 14th, 2011
2:36 pm

Good deal–love their work. Looking forward to a great game!


January 14th, 2011
2:47 pm

Don’t look to the AJC if you want some coverage of the actual game. So, I know who is going to sing and I know which Falcon is easiest to prank. Pathetic!


January 14th, 2011
2:58 pm

D.Led thanks for the side notes some of us appreciate knowing this stuff.


January 14th, 2011
3:11 pm

Well Harry, seeing as the actual game hasn’t been played yet, I would not look to the AJC for coverage of it. Try again Sunday, hoss.

Glad a Georgia group is singing the national anthem– heard they’re a nice group of people too.


January 14th, 2011
4:28 pm

We need Ted Nugent to come down and play the national anthem!

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Ken Sugiura

January 14th, 2011
5:05 pm

thanks, all.


January 14th, 2011
9:08 pm

Nice to see the ZBB singing the national anthem. Hope they get used to seeing Green Bay Packer gear. They’ll be playing Lambeau Field with Kenny Chesney in June.

Bobby Petrino

January 15th, 2011
12:31 pm

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