Zac Brown Band releases their fifth studio album, and head back to the roots of their music
On November 8th 2008, the Zac Brown Band released its first nationally recognized album The Foundation, which peaked at number two on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and ninth on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts. With popular songs “Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” and “Free,” the album was a reminder of the fun that was guaranteed to come as soon as spring arrived the following year. Fast forward nine years, 4 albums, and 3 grammys later, The Zac Brown Band has released a new album that has returned the band to its Georgia roots.
The group’s fifth studio album Welcome Home was released on May 12th, 2017 by the Southern Ground/Atlantic record label. The first single of the album, “My Old Man,” was released three months prior and currently has almost five million views on Youtube. “My Old Man” may be the first single off the track, but it is certainly not going to be the only one to get a lot of attention. Classic country guitar wails, pianos, and of course violins, are peppered throughout the entire album, emphasizing the country feel that band was trying to bring back with this album.
The first track on the album entitled “Roots” is a slower track on which vocalist Zac Brown sings about how his first best friend was a guitar and at the age of eighteen he packed his bags, found a drummer, and hit the road to start his music career. His roots however, keep him in check with who he is, where his home is, and as a reminder to stay true to himself.
“Oh, I wouldn’t change a thing / It made me the man I am today”
Keeping with the feel of a home centered album, the fifth track of the album, “Family Table,” talks about a kitchen table where everyone is welcome, supper is always ready, and no one is ever excluded. The music that accompanies these lyrics will definitely make you feel like you’re back at your moms house for a evening of family. Although the rock infusion the Zac Brown Band has been known for is definitely still there, the group has been true to the album’s name, and returned to the country music they started out with.
“Ain’t too many things, that could stand the test of time / But this family table’s held together by a love that never dies”
What’s a country album without a good love song? “Your Majesty” is the eighth track of the album where the lyrics paint the picture of a beautiful love song. The man in the song states that the women in his life has made him a better man, that he is willing to give up everything in order to be with her.
“The nature of your beauty puts my mind at ease. I kneel down in the presence of your majesty.”
“All the Best” is the tenth and final track of “Welcome Home” a slower song where the writer is wishing that his ex-significant other doesn’t fall in love with someone like themselves. Although the song is a sadder, slower song, it does a good job of closing out the album and reminding listeners that the band has indeed come back to their country roots.
The Zac Brown band started the 40 show “Welcome Home” tour off at Atlanta’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park right in their own back yard on May 12th.