On his way to a show in Augusta Tuesday night, burgeoning Atlanta country star Zac Brown seemed more enthused about being able to “spend some time with my babies” than his band’s first Academy of Country Music Award win.
Maybe, in part, because the Zac Brown Band was crossing its fingers for the top new artist prize it was in the running for this past Sunday — and Julianne Hough won it. (The fan-voted ACM award it did get – top new vocal duo or group – was announced last month).
But you get the sense that the road warrior, husband and father of one and two-year-old girls – with another baby on the way – just knows to cherish his rare moments at home. “The awards were a lot of fun,” Brown said. “Definitely a learning experience about the industry…but it was kind of nice to have some time to see my babies. I’ve been gone for three weeks. That was my celebrating.”
And there was more to celebrate than the ACM. The Zac Brown Band scored its first million-selling single with “Chicken Fried,” and while they were in Las Vegas for the ACMs, they got a gold plaque for their debut “The Foundation.”
“This is a good time now,” Brown continued. “We’re looking forward to headlining tours, doing two-hour sets and being able to bring our own opening acts.” (Including, he added the Atlanta artists he’s signed to his Southern Ground Records label — Sonia Leigh, Levi Lowrey and Nic Cowan).
Meanwhile, in other Atlanta ACM winner news, it was just announced this morning that our own Sugarland – who picked up a best vocal duo prize this past Sunday – will join Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood and Darius Rucker on a special “Stars of Country Music” episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” April 14.
Will you be watching next Tuesday? Think the Zac Brown Band got robbed of the top new artist prize? Familiar with any of the acts on Brown’s roster?