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ZBB kicks off tour with new member

Thursday, April 17, 2014 – Zac Brown Band kicks off 'The Great American Road Trip Tour' in May, introducing ZBB's new, eighth member Matt Mangano on bass.

Mangano replaces John Driskell Hopkins, who will switch to different instruments in the band.

Hopkins will continue to sing and play bass, but take on guitar, baritone guitar, ukulele, upright bass and banjo.

Mangano played on "The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1" and "Uncaged." Mangano was a featured guest player on the band's first live CD/DVD release "Pass the Jar... " in 2010. Before playing with Zac Brown Band, Mangano toured as a guitarist with John Mayer and performed with singer/songwriters Darrell Scott and Dave Barnes.

Zac Brown said: "We're always growing as musicians and challenging ourselves to bring new things to our fans. Hop is an amazing talent, and I can't wait for people to see what we've got coming for the live show."

Tour dates are:
May 24 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena - on sale now
May 29-30 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater - on sale now*
May 31 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre - on sale now*
June 1 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre - on sale now*
June 5 - Orange Beach, AL - The Amphitheater at the Wharf - on sale now
June 6 - Pelham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre - on sale now
June 7 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood - on sale now
June 12 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion - on sale now
June 13 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center - on sale now
June 14 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center - on sale 4/18
June 19-20 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center - on sale now
June 21 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium - sold out
June 22 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live - on sale now
June 27-28 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park - sold out
July 3 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest - Marcus Amphitheater - on sale now
July 10 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center - on sale 4/18
July 12 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion - on sale 4/18
July 13 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center - on sale now
July 16 - Paso Robles, CA - Midstate Fair - on sale now
July 20 - Lake Tahoe, NV - Harvey's Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena - sold out
Aug. 2 - Camrose, Alberta, Canada - Big Valley Jamboree - on sale now
Aug. 4- Sturgis, SD - Buffalo Chip - on sale now
Aug. 9 - Detroit Lakes, MN - WE Fest - on sale now
Aug. 15 - Endicott, NY - Dick's Sporting Goods Open - sold out
* With Kacey Musgraves

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