Zac Brown Band’s ‘Uncaged’ will debut July 10 on Atlantic/Southern Ground Records. ‘Uncaged’ is the culmination of the “powerful chemistry that’s developed by living, traveling and working as a band,” says front man Zac Brown. “We’re always trying to push the barrier of our musicianship and I’m proud to say that there is a little bit of something for everyone,” he reveals about the Georgia seven-piece’s highly anticipated album.
From the tight, rocking title track to the slow-burning “Goodbye in Her Eyes” that guitarist Coy Bowles calls “the biggest sounding song we’ve ever recorded,” the eleven-song ‘Uncaged’ is driven by characteristic ZBB harmonies, including guest vocals by Amos Lee on the poignant “Day That I Die.” New Orleans’ Trombone Shorty contributes trumpet and trombone on “Overnight” and, true to the tightness of the Southern Ground family, a host of co-writers share the penning duties, from Jason Mraz and longtime collaborator Wyatt Durrette to Southern Ground artists Sonia Leigh, Nic Cowan, and Levi Lowrey. Violinist Jimmy De Martini said the new album, “remains true to the Zac Brown Band sound, which has become a style in itself.”
‘Uncaged’ marks the introduction of Zac Brown Band’s newest member, percussionist Daniel de los Reyes, known for touring, recording and performing with artists such as Stevie Nicks, Sting, Peter Frampton and Earth, Wind & Fire. “We sat and played djembe one night until our hands bled,” Brown said of meeting de los Reyes. “I love his spirit.”
The album was recorded at various studios across the South including Atlanta, Asheville, Nashville and Key West and follows 2008’s ‘The Foundation’ (Atlantic Records/Home Grown/Big Picture) and 2010’s ‘You Get What You Give’ (Atlantic/Southern Ground Artists). Both albums have gone platinum and remain on the Billboard 200, in addition to producing an unprecedented nine consecutive #1 radio singles.
“This is first record that we’ve made from start to finish in one thought,” said multi-instrumentalist Clay Cook. “The previous albums have been a collection of songs… this is an album.” The summer of 2012 will be a scorcher when ZBB debuts ‘Uncaged.’
Watch “Uncaged” from ZBB’s performance at JazzFest: