The Zac Brown Band, which just lent its celebrity to Saturday night’s fundraiser for the Everglades Foundation at the Breakers, will return to a more familiar South Florida stage with a May 31 tour stop at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.
It is no secret that ZBB has a special kinship to the laidback side of South Florida, a country vibe that in the past decade has sold more than 6 million albums, with 10 No. 1 singles.
In December the band released “The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1,” which Brown says exemplifies the "brand-new beginning of our sound." The four-song EP produced with grunge godfather Dave Grohl provided a test for the ZBB, as the band’s Clay Cook told Billboard magazine:
"It opened up something in us that we were not tapping into before. It makes you work harder because you're (recording) to tape and there's no editing going on as far as in ProTools and computers and stuff like that, which is the way we were making records. You kind of play it about 90 percent well, and they can fix the other 10 percent of it and make it sound great. But you can't do that the way (Grohl) works, so it tapped into the real musicians in us. It was a little bit freeing to me. Some of the guys like to rely on (technology). There was a little bit of fighting, to be honest -- not actual fighting but having to demand more of each musician. But by the end of it everyone was happy and it put us in a great place."
Hit the link for more of the interview with Zac Brown Band’s Clay Cook.