It's difficult to remember a time when the Zac Brown Band wasn't a hot concert draw.
Now that the Grammy Award-winning band has released "Uncaged," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, it's clear the band isn't leaving its perch any time soon.
Brown said the band's new album, "Uncaged," which was released in July, is part of "the powerful chemistry that's developed by living, traveling and working together as a band."
The tale of the Georgia-based Zac Brown Band is almost legendary in popular culture. Brown began making music at Zac's Place, the restaurant he and his father owned. In a way, the group was the restaurant's house band, playing on the lawn while barbecue was served.
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The band began releasing albums in earnest in 2003 on Brown's own Home Grown label, which later morphed into Southern Ground.
Even as he climbed his way up the music ladder, Brown said he wanted to have his bandmates continue that tradition as a sort of rolling barbecue music festival when they did become major players. He has, in fact, done just that with the annual Southern Ground Music & Food Festival, which started in Charleston, S.C., and expanded to Nashville, Tenn., this past year. Organizers estimated 15,000 attendees were at the Nashville festival this past June.
Growing the arenas in which fans can watch the Zac Brown Band perform isn't the only recent change for the band.
The band also added percussionist Daniel de los Reyes, who has performed and recorded with Stevie Nicks, Sting and Peter Frampton, among others. Though he's a relative newcomer to the Zac Brown Band, de los Reyes said he couldn't have been more at ease playing with his bandmates while recording "Uncaged."
"I felt more comfortable than any other time in my career," he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "It fit like a glove. It was meant to be."
Brown added that the addition is just another way that the Zac Brown Band has kept its sound growing.
"We're always trying to push the barrier of our musicianship, and I'm proud to say that there is a little bit of something for everyone," he said of "Uncaged." "It's your basic country-Southern rock-bluegrass-reggae-jam record."