Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett’s “Knee Deep”

Ready for the feel-good song of the summer?

There are a few rules to what constitutes a summer song. First, the song must reference the beach/body of water/lake/island. Second, the song should make you feel like you need a sunglasses, sunscreen and a cocktail. Last, the song of the summer must feature island rock legend, Jimmy Buffett! Look no further than the Zac Brown Band & Jimmy Buffett’s new collaboration Knee Deep. Knee Deep is sure to be the latest smash from ZBB’s You Get What You Give. Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett first teamed up in late 2009 to record CMT’s Crossroads, a one hour special on CMT that combines a country artist with artists from various music genres.

The musical mesh of ZBB and Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band was magical. The laid-back Georgia boys played seamlessly on the reggae and beach inspired Buffett tunes. Buffett told the invitation-only crowd he saw much of himself in the rising country stars. The CMT Crossroads special was the beginning of a special relationship between the two artists.

Penned by songwriter Wyatt Durette, Knee Deep captures the nostalgic feeling of troubles being swept away once you reach the shore:  “Wishing I was knee deep in the water somewhere / Got the blue sky breeze and it don’t seem fair / Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair / Sunrise there’s a fire in the sky / Never been so happy / Never felt so high / And I think I might have found me / my own kind of paradise.”

Look for Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett on CMT, June 8, 2011 at 8:00 P.M. The Knee Deep collaborators earned a nomination for Performance of the Year from their Crossroads special. Which Buffett tune garnered their nomination? Margaritaville, of course!

Zac Brown Band played a beach-worthy rendition of “Knee Deep” on Jimmy Kimmel Live on May 11. Watch the performance here:


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2 Responses

  1. Where can you buy the CMT Crossroads with ZBB and Jimmy Buffett…I saw it on CMT originally and would like to purchase it as a present for my boyfriend who is a huge “parrot head” Jimmy Buffett fan. I have looked everywhere and can not locate a copy. Also is the new single Knee Deep on an albumn yet? Thanks for your help.

  2. Hi Cynthia! I have not found the Crossroads episode on DVD yet but it should be soon. Train and Matrina McBride just came out on DVD…..I have not spotted this episode for purchase yet but I will let you know when I find it! Knee Deep is on ZBB’s album, You Get What You Give, available now.

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