Based in the southern fried city of Atlanta, Georgia, the Zac Brown Band records on the Southern Ground Artists record label and includes Zac Brown as lead guitarist and vocalist, Jimmy De Martini on vocals and fiddle, John Driskell Hopkins on bass guitar and other instruments, Coy Bowles on keyboards, Chris Fryar on drums, Clay Cook on various instruments, Daniel de los Reyes on percussion and Matt Mangano on bass guitar.
The band has recorded five studio albums and has toured extensively throughout the United States, including with the Bonnaroo Music Festival in both 2009 and 2010. Since releasing their first album they have had 10 #1 singles on the Billboard Country Music Charts.
Back in 2002 the initial lineup of the Zac Brown band was a bit smaller than it is today with only Brown on acoustic guitar and singing lead vocals with a drummer and bass guitarist. He started his own label in 2003 called Home Grown but today it’s called Southern Ground because of legal problems that he had with that first name.
The band has had an interesting history, no doubt, as in 2004 Brown and his father were the owners of a restaurant and music club in Georgia’s Lake Oconee area called Zac’s Place, where they specialized in southern style cooking and, of course, music. It was the year that they sold the restaurant to a developer and, with that money, Brown and his bandmates purchased a tour bus and began to tour the country full-time.
Along with playing at various rock and country music clubs around the country, as well as a number of folk and jam festivals, the Zac Brown Band released their first album in 2004 entitled Homegrown. During that same year they added a number of members to the band including Jimmy De Martini who was an excellent violinist and fiddler as well as a tenor vocalist.
De Martini was working at a sports bar called Sidelines in Kennesaw, Georgia at the time and Brown asked him to do several performances at the club with his band. After seeing the kind of talent that he had both with the violin and with his voice, he asked De Martini to become a permanent member of the band.
The band released their album The Foundation in 2008 under the Atlantic Records Home Grown/Bigger Picture label and, in November of the same year, their song Chicken Fried reach the #1 spot on the country music charts. The Zac Brown band was actually the first country band to have their debut single reach the #1 spot since Heartland did it in 2006.
They also had one of the best country album’s in 2012 with the release of Uncaged and, in 2013, performed the National Anthem when the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League played in the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.