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ZBB, Ford, Hurd, Green release new music

Friday, September 20, 2019 – Zac Brown Band is out with "Owl" today, a sonic departure from its usual fare. ZBB's sixth CD features intricate melodies and vocal arrangements and new sounds that stretch the boundaries of country. Zac Brown Band collaborated with producers and writers across different genres, Skrillex, whose instrumentals can be heard on the track, "OMW," Ryan Tedder and Jason 'Poo Bear' Boyd on "Need This," and Max Martin on "Finish What We Started" which features vocals from Brandi Carlile. Andrew Watt, Benny Blanco, and Sasha Sirota also contributed to the album's eclectic tracks.

Colt Ford releases "We The People Volume 1" on his Average Joe's label. Ford's seventh disc includes guests such as Jimmie Allen ("Back To Them Backroads"), Mitchell Tenpenny ("Slow Ride") and Michael Ray ("Nightcap").

Ryan Hurd released a five song EP, "Platonic," today. The five-song collection includes his current Gold radio hit "To A T." Hurd has a songwriting portfolio that includes recordings by Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and Lady Antebellum.

Riley Green, who had a hit with ," makes his debut with "Different 'Round Here." The release is comprised of two EPs In a "Truck Right Now" and "Get That Man a Beer" with six new songs. Merle Haggard and Jamey Johnson are key influences for the Jacksonville, Ala. native.

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Welcome Home CD review - Welcome Home
With "Welcome Home," the Zac Brown Band continues to do what it does best, which is making quality roots music. In fact, one of the album's songs is even titled "Roots." Brown may not be the most religious guy, but his latest songs focus on many truly spiritual cornerstones of life: family and friends. Both "Family Table" and "My Old Man" find Brown reflecting on his family life, with the latter also looking at 'the here and now' of being a father himself. »»»
Jekyll + Hyde CD review - Jekyll + Hyde
Fans looking for the Zac Brown Band of 2005 won't find it in "Jekyll + Hyde" - there's nothing but an aftertaste of the Georgia group's chicken-fried origins. That might be why the album's name is so appropriate. Fans have gotten to know the country-folk band, but a deviant creeps in on all 16 tracks of its fourth album. And, like the classic story, Hyde stands out as more interesting. It hits hard, too. The opener, "Beautiful Drug," has an electric-pop »»»
Uncaged CD review - Uncaged
Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" album opens with Jump Right In, which finds singer/bandleader Brown admonishing, "Let the music pull you in," which might just be Brown's motto. He's all about forgetting the cares of the day and giving in wholeheartedly to the magnetic attraction of good music. Although Brown writes, sings and plays well throughout, there are nevertheless few truly standout tracks or unexpected surprises on "Uncaged." With that said, »»»