The new exhibition “Homegrown: Zac Brown Band” is now open at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Running through June 18, 2017, the career-spanning exhibition explore Zac Brown Bands rise to fame through stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts, photos & more from the bands personal collection.
I think it’s some good therapy for us to just see our history kind of laid out,” Zac Brown told Strassmann, CBS News correspondent.
In this milestone moment, Brown, now 37, sees years of proving the doubters wrong…
Brown’s first paying gig at a Georgia coffee house paid $35. He was 14. By 19, he was touring. In 2004, then 24, he opened a Georgia restaurant called Zac’s Place…then sold it, bought a tour bus, and began building his band…and brand.
Yeah, it’s amazing. … Talent alone gets you nowhere. You really have to have the grit and you gotta have a love for people,” Brown said.
Check out the first look at new exhibit that catalogs the band’s 12-year rise in music HERE.
Formed in Atlanta in 2002, the band scored their first hit in 2008 with “Chicken Fried” and have been making radio history ever since. Eight members strong, the band’s lineup includes Zac Brown, Jimmy De Martini, John Driskell Hopkins, Coy Bowles, Clay Cook, Chris Fryar, Daniel de los Reyes and Matt Mangano.
Zac Brown Band did not set out to be country music stars,” says museum CEO Kyle Young. “Instead they ignored genre restrictions and focused on creating upbeat and soulful sounds that resonated with fans. Fifteen #1 hits later, they are one of the most innovative groups in country music today. With this exhibition we will trace the band’s organic path to stardom that can only be described as ‘homegrown.’”
Known widely for their musicianship, Zac Brown Band has earned critical praise for their live show as “one of modern country’s most exciting acts” (Rolling Stone). In 2015 their stadium tour made history with the first-ever, three-night sell-out at Fenway Park with over 105K tickets sold.
Expanding their pre-show “Eat & Greet” ritual, the band has established the annual Southern Ground Music & Food Festival, an experience that allows Zac Brown Band to bring together their love of eclectic music and authentic food.
Over the years, the band has showcased their diverse musical tastes through collaborative performances with Gregg Allman, Jimmy Buffett, Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl, Alan Jackson, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor, among many others.
Off stage, Brown, a former camp counselor, has devoted his time to launching Camp Southern Ground, a destination that will allow children to overcome academic, social and emotional difficulties so that they might reach their full potential. The state-of-the-art campus will have activities to challenge, educate and inspire campers, with a special emphasis on children with neurobehavioral disorders, social or emotional challenges, and those with family members serving in the military.