After a decade of defiantly playing what he pleased and looking the way that he wanted, Zac Brown was finally rewarded with the massive success of his 2008 album, “Chicken Fried.” Since then, Brown with his band has shown that he not only knows a lot about different styles of music but he’s just as informed about good food.
With his appeal among both the country and rock worlds it’s not a surprise to find ZBB’s’ third annual Southern Ground Music & Food Festival present a tasty mix of artists from both genres as well as a select group of culinary chefs offering their mouth-watering specialties.
The event happens this weekend, Oct. 19 and 20 at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina.
The lineup includes Willie Nelson & Family, Band of Horses, The Head & The Heart, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dawes, Natalie Maines, Kacey Musgraves, Fitz & The Tantrums, The Wood Brothers and Holly Williams.
In the July-August “Relix” cover story, Brown spoke of his musical education while growing up in the Georgian towns of Dahlongega and Cumming. The list included Garth Brooks, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, The Beatles, The Allman Brothers Band, Pink Floyd, Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce and Dan Fogelberg.
That is why he’s made such a positive impression at his two Bonnaroo appearances and national headlining dates. Last month on the inaugural LOCKN’ festival, he collaborated onstage with a couple of jamband superstars – The String Cheese Incident and Furthur featuring former Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir.
In the “Relix” story he said, “I feel like my life unfolds before me and it’s my responsibility to follow it however weird that it may go. I felt confident in the path that I’ve been on. I don’t know how to fully explain that and I don’t understand it myself, but there have been times and places that I was supposed to meet certain people.”
Brown continues to follow his path with plans to team up at Southern Ground with country icon Kenny Rogers, jamband star John Bell of Widespread, pop rock artist Jason Mraz and Clare Bowen, star of ABC’s “Nashville.”
For more information, visit charleston.southerngroundfestival.com.