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  • Zac Brown Band consistently tops country charts, earning respect from fans and critics alike.

    Zac Brown Band consistently tops country charts, earning respect from fans and critics alike. Credit: Cole Cassell

Zac Brown Band has plenty of hit singles and multiple platinum-selling records, they regularly play to packed arenas and have countless fans, but according to the band members, they are just getting warmed up.

The band is led by Brown, who was raised in Dahlonega and is one of the most charismatic individuals ever to don a beanie and dominate radio. Their latest album "Uncaged" debuted at No. 1, and songs from the highly collabortive album range from the traditional country sound of "The Wind" to Caribbean rhythms in "Jump Right In" and even R&B in "Overnight." 

"I think that we've grown so much over the past few years as individual musicians and as a cohesive unit," observes drummer Chris Fryar. "As a band we have really grown together. And we play really, really well together. That increasing level of maturity really shows up on 'Uncaged.'"

"We're always trying to push the barriers of our musicianship, and I'm proud to say that there is a little bit of something for everyone," adds Brown. "It's your basic country-Southern rock-bluegrass-reggae-jam record."

Beyond being the band's leader, Brown established his Southern Ground Artists label, home to The Wood Brothers, Levy Lowrey, Nic Cowan, Sonia Leigh, Blackberry Smoke and The Wheeler Boys. His Southern Ground banner flies over everything from metalworking to leather goods. In addition to housing offices and rehearsal space, the former industrial warehouse in Atlanta that serves as the company's headquarters also features a full kitchen for "Chef Rusty" Hamlin and his crew, the better to power those much-talked-about "eat and greets" that Brown, a former restaurant owner, hosts for lucky fans. Brown also plans to develop a nonprofit camp for kids with backgrounds of behavioral and learning disabilities on a plot of land south of Atlanta.