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Zac Brown Band Plays SNL In Rare Departure for Comedy Show (watch)

Zac Brown leads the Zac Brown Band in a performance of 'Homegrown' off their upcoming album. (Photo: ScreenCap)

Zac Brown leads the Zac Brown Band in a performance of ‘Homegrown’ off their upcoming album. (Photo: ScreenCap)

The Zac Brown Band brought their Atlanta-style country sound to “Saturday Night Live” last night (Mar. 7) and played two songs off their upcoming album, Jekyll + Hyde. The performance marked a departure for the comedy show for a couple of reasons.

Although the band has been a top performer on country charts since the mid-2000s, it was their first appearance on SNL.

The show also rarely features country bands and leans more to pop and alt-rock. But Zac Brown is more than just a country band because of it’s bluesy, roots sound and its frequent collaborations.

The band’s current lineup includes Zac Brown on lead vocals and guitar; Jimmy De Martini on fiddle and vocals and the versatile John Driskell Hopkins on bass guitar, guitar, baritone guitar, banjo, ukulele, upright bass and vocals.

Coy Bowles plays guitar and keyboards; Chris Fryar plays drums; Matt Mangano plays bass; Daniel de los Reyes handles percussion and Clay Cook covers guitar, keyboards, mandolin, steel guitar and vocals.

The band led off with “Homegrown,” the first single off their upcoming album. It’s a pure country tune about living the good life. That translates to friends, whiskey and women.

“Heavy Is The Head,” the second single off the new album, featured Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, in a collaboration that has become one of the band’s trademarks.

They’ve performed in the past with such artists as Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett, Kid Rock, Amos Lee, Trombone Shorty, Joey + Rory, Jason Mraz, Dave Grohl and Chris Cornell. The musicians are a reflection of Zac Brown’s eclectic sound.

“Heavy Is the Head,” is a case in point. It not only shows off the band’s musicianship, but how it infuses different sounds and has developed a crossover following.

The new album will drop April 28 and the band will hit the road in May for an arena tour that will take them across the United States.

Check out their performance below, let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest music news.


 

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