Monday, March 12, 2012

Review: Zac Brown Band

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM

The Zac Brown Band played Verizon Arena Saturday.
  • The Zac Brown Band played Verizon Arena Saturday.

From commanding vocals and tight harmonies to fine instrumentation, there’s not much The Zac Brown Band doesn’t do — and do well. And now, thanks to its current tour, you can add flying to the list. Well, at least sailing suspended over the audience via harnesses and cables.

As if they haven’t done enough high flying the past couple of years on the country music charts (seven No. 1 hits at last count), Brown and his band mates took to the air at times Saturday night at Verizon arena, literally delivering the music to the 12,461 fans in attendance. Ah, what Brown can — and will — do for you.

More after the jump.

It was a great addition for a group that’s known for combining a variety of styles in its music. There’s country and Southern rock and folk and a whole lot of joy. That was evident from the start as ZBB quickly engaged the crowd with hits like “Keep Me in Mind” and “Knee Deep” and along the way thrilled with new songs from an album due this summer and outstanding covers of classic standards, such as Pure Prairie League’s “Amie” and Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion.”

Of these, a terrific version of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” was not only a crowd favorite but a standout performance that you have to think would make The Charlie Daniels Band proud.

With a beard, an always-present signature knit beanie cap, a big smile and a powerful voice, Brown likes to talk and sing about a state of mind. Perhaps no other song sums up his outlook better than “No Hurry,” which, with lines like “an old cane fishing pole, “the smell of early spring” and a “fold-up easy chair” conjures the feeling of a lazy day on the side of a river. Of course, come to think of it, “Toes” — with “not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand” — might come close.

Saving the best for last, in its encore ZBB paired “America the Beautiful” with the always popular and fun “Chicken Fried,” preceded by the sentimental, almost haunting ballad “Colder Weather” and a great cover of The Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See.” A fine ending and an outstanding way to say “adios and vaya con Dios” to the guys from “GA.”

Nic Cowan, with a gritty voice and a lot of tattoos, opened the show with a nice batch of songs off his “Hardheaded” album. He’s one of the performers on Brown’s own Southern Ground Artists record label. Cowan was followed by the enormously talented Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, featuring Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and the energetic sounds he can produce on a trombone and a trumpet.

Tags: , , , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Bill Paddack

  • Review: Carrie Underwood at Verizon

    This time around, always-popular country star Carrie Underwood — no stranger to Verizon Arena in North Little Rock — was surrounded.
    • Apr 29, 2016
  • Live Review: Luke Bryan at Verizon Arena

    Like the girl in his ode to a short-lived summer love, country music’s reigning Entertainer of the Year had a crowd of 13,312 Friday evening at Verizon Arena twisting all night long like that old beach “Roller Coaster": Twisting and swaying and dancing and singing along.
    • Mar 14, 2016
  • Live Review: Jason Aldean at Verizon Arena

    Jason Aldean brought his brand of hard-driving, modern country music to Verizon Arena Saturday night on his aptly named Burn It Down Tour, firing up his army of fans with his sturdy rock-tinged voice, energetic stage presence and an outright blaze of pyrotechnics.
    • Apr 13, 2015
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Staff Picks: Netflix and Chill, Benji's pasta fresca, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more

    The podcast Design Matters, published by Design Observer, is celebrating its 10th year and they are revisiting some of their best episodes from the last decade. I just finished this week's replay of the interview with the Scottish born illustrator Marion Deuchars. At the end of the wonderful interview, her two young sons are invited into the studio near where they pitch in some of their own thoughts on art and, in particular, drawing in the art books their mother created for children and adults.
    • Aug 28, 2015
  • Guest Mix: Rural War Room

    World wide weird duo Rural War Room (Donavan Suitt & Byron Werner) is celebrating 10 years of broadcasting and production here in Little Rock and abroad. RWR Radio on KABF 88.3 FM (10 p.m. Tuesdays or anytime on their website), features the duo alternating records in an effort to surprise one another.
    • Sep 14, 2015
  • Your new flags of Little Rock

    BRASHER: Hello Arkansans, this is the first piece from us, Brasher and Rowe and we are some dudes who work in downtown Little Rock and we eat lunch and just talk about all the exciting things around here.
    • Sep 18, 2015

Most Shared

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be deputy White House press secretary

    Donald Trump announced additional White House staff today, notably including Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary.
  • Legislation filed for $10 million school voucher program

    The legislation to vastly expand transfer of state tax dollars to private schools came before the school choice day event I mentioned earlier.
  • Watch the trailer for 'Shelter,' the Renaud Bros. new doc on homeless kids in New Orleans

    Check out the trailer for "Shelter," the Renaud Bros. new feature-length documentary about homeless teens navigating life on the streets of New Orleans with the help of Covenant House, the longstanding French Quarter shelter for homeless kids.
  • Trumpeting

    When President-elect Trump announced he would, in a few days, force Congress to enact comprehensive health insurance for everyone, poor or rich, that would provide better and cheaper care than they've ever gotten, you had to wonder whether this guy is a miracle worker or a fool.
  • Putin and Trump

    Here's a thought exercise: What do you suppose would happen if Russian strongman Vladimir Putin decided to clarify remarks he reportedly made about Donald Trump during the election campaign?

Visit Arkansas

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Jack Pearadin and Doug Nelsen found a 1.73-carat diamond after nearly a year of searching the park's field.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation