Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band all began with a restaurant owner dreaming of a career in music. Zac Brown, a Cumming, Georgia native, started a band in his college days but they disbanded before an album was finished recorded. The September 11, 2001 tragedy prompted him to pursue what he loves most, music, because life was too short to do something he did not enjoy.

He formed Zac Brown Band in 2002 with bassist John Hopkins and fiddler Jimmy De Martini. They even started their own label a year later, calling it Home Grown. In 2004, Brown sold his restaurant in Lake Oconee, Georgia to buy a tour bus. Together with his band, Brown toured full-time, hitting venues and festivals. In the same year, they released an indie album called “Far From Einstyne“.

The line-up got bigger when violin/fiddle player and harmony singer Jimmy De Martini were added to the Zac Brown Band. A second independent album was released in 2005 under the title “Home Grown”. They band grew once more with the addition of John Driskell Hopkins in bass. Brown’s university affiliate Coy Bowles left his band to become the full-time member of Zac Brown Band and Chris Fryar joined the band as drummer.

In 2008, the band were signed to Live Nation Artist Records but the label closed, prompting Atlantic Records to overtake the distribution of the band’s single “Chicken Fried”. Their big break came that year when the album “The Foundation” was released. Beside peaking at number 2 on Billboard Hot Country chart, the album was also certified two times platinum in the U.S.

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