We’re changing the way we approach our Sunday Morning Music posts. For the next several months, these posts will be authored by artists so you can get a glimpse into what inspires them. We hope you enjoy today’s post from our friend, Brandon Heath.
I have to admit that I haven’t wanted to like The Zac Brown Band. I’ve got my reasons and I’ll spare you most of the details. They’re popular, and I’m that vagabond that doesn’t like to conform. But there’s clearly a reason they’re popular…they’re good. I’ve grown to respect their sound, their brand, their “eat-and-greets.” I do wish Zac would lose the beanie though.
I grew up in Nashville and have a deep admiration for Country Music. ZBB reminds me of the country band from the 80’s and 90’s, Alabama. Their songs are easy to adopt as your own. Recently I’ve gotten into their latest single, Goodbye in Her Eyes.
The song is really just 2 chords repeating, even in the chorus. It’s drone defies common commercial rules, which I love. The best lines of the song are “Sometimes I feel like a clown, that can’t wash off his makeup” and a line that doesn’t have a lyric at all, just a simple fiddle lick that’s simplicity is the songs spark. It’s a song I can sink down into like a good reading chair. Zac and the boys are bringing something great to country music, and something great to my hometown. I’d gladly plant down a lawn chair in the upper grass area of an amphitheater for them, and that’s coming from a dude who is usually more at home backstage.