One of Georgia’s most successful homegrown acts will be back in stores and online outlets with new music this summer.
The Zac Brown Band has just announced the release date for a new album. “Uncaged,” the band’s third major label album, is out July 10. It follows 2010’s “You Get What You Give,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart and spawned four No.. 1 country singles (“Colder Weather.” Keep Me in Mind,” “Knee Deep” and “As She’s Walking Away”). The latter, a duet with fellow Georgia native Alan Jackson, brought the band its second Grammy, for best country collaboration with vocal.s.
The band made its major label debut back in 2009 with “The Foundation,” which also scored four No. 1 country singles (“Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” “Highway 20 Ride,” and “Free”). It helped the band score the Grammy for best new artist in January 2010.
Each of those No. 1 singles also made it into the all-genre Top 40 chart, a testament to the band’s wide appeal.
Brown, who grew up in Dahlonega and Cumming, spent years building an audience with his live shows before breaking through to the big time. He was well on his way to the top when we spoke to him just before an appearance at South by Southwest back in 2008. At that time, the Zac Brown Band was one of the most successful unsigned acts in the area, with a large and loyal group of fans.
“It’s grown a little bit every month and every year,” he told the AJC. “We do very, very well around Atlanta. The Southeast, really, has provided us a good living for the last 11 years.”
“You just get in front of people and give it everything you’ve got every night,” Brown said. “It’s really just about dedicating your life to the music.”
All that hard work has paid off handsomely with multi-platinum albums and a shelf full of awards.
“Uncaged” will mark the recorded debut of new band member Daniel de los Reyes on percussion. The album also boasts a guest appearance from New Orleans musician Trombone Shorty.