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Zac Brown Band Announces New Member & Tour!

Zac Brown Band kicks off ‘The Great American Road Trip Tour’ in May, introducing ZBB’s new, eighth member Matt Mangano on bass. The tour announcement comes on the heels of ZBB selling out a two-night stand at Fenway Park without any support acts — a feat only accomplished by four other bands (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, The Police and The Rolling Stones).

Often praised for their “unparalleled musicianship” (VH1), which earns the band standing ovations at every awards show they play, ZBB’s latest musical expansion will see long-time ZBB bassist and vocalist John Driskell Hopkins playing different instruments. Already known to “electrify with ear-grabbing vocals” (Billboard), Hopkins will continue to sing and play bass, but take on guitar, baritone guitar, ukulele, upright bass, and banjo in the band.

ZBB fans will recognize Matt Mangano from on-stage guest performances over the years and from his studio work on The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 and Uncaged. Mangano was even a featured guest player on the band’s first live CD/DVD release Pass the Jar… in 2010. Before playing with Zac Brown Band, Mangano toured as a guitarist with John Mayer and performed with singer/songwriters Darrell Scott and Dave Barnes.

Of the new line-up, Zac Brown said: “We’re always growing as musicians and challenging ourselves to bring new things to our fans. Hop is an amazing talent and I can’t wait for people to see what we’ve got coming for the live show.”

The band’s latest project The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 was produced by Dave Grohl and released on Zac’s own Southern Ground Artists label. The “genius” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) collaboration “embodies the best of all parties involved” (NY Times). To date, Zac Brown Band have earned three GRAMMY Awards, sold over 6 million albums and produced a historic series of eleven #1 hit singles.

Grammy-winning country artist Kacey Musgraves will be joining Zac Brown Band as support on four dates this summer. Musgraves previously performed at the band’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in 2013.

Zac Brown Band – ‘The Great American Road Trip Tour’:

5/24 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena – on sale now
5/29 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater – on sale now*
5/30 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater – on sale now*
5/31 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre – on sale now*
6/01 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre – on sale now*
6/05 – Orange Beach, AL – The Amphitheater at the Wharf – on sale now
6/06 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre – on sale now
6/07 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – on sale now
6/12 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion – on sale now
6/13 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center – on sale now
6/14 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center – on sale 4/18
6/19 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center – on sale now
6/20 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center – on sale now
6/21 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium – SOLD OUT
6/22 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live – on sale now
6/27 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park – SOLD OUT
6/28 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park – SOLD OUT
7/03 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest – Marcus Amphitheater – on sale now
7/10 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center – on sale 4/18
7/12 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion – on sale 4/18
7/13 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center – on sale now
7/16 – Paso Robles, CA – Midstate Fair – on sale now
7/20 – Lake Tahoe, NV – Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena – SOLD OUT
8/02 – Camrose, Alberta, Canada – Big Valley Jamboree – on sale now
8/04 – Sturgis, SD – Buffalo Chip – on sale now
8/09 – Detroit Lakes, MN – WE Fest – on sale now
8/15 – Endicott, NY – Dick’s Sporting Goods Open – SOLD OUT

* With Kacey Musgraves

Additionally this summer, Zac Brown Band joins a few festivals! Check out the rest of ZBB’s tour dates here.

The Doobie Brothers Are Going Country

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Sony Music Nashville announced this month that they will release an album teaming artists like Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Toby Keith, Zac Brown and Blake Shelton with the legendary Doobie Brothers to record a new album covering the Grammy winning band’s classic hits.

The project was the brainchild of producer David Lyndon Huff, who is a decades long fan of the Doobie Brothers music. He is eager to introduce the band to a new generation of fans, excite the throngs of loyal followers as well as ignite the electric country fan base with all the superstars they love.

“The Doobie Brothers are such an important band in the history of music. The hits transcend time, so with this new collection we are just adding modern production and collaborations with the country stars.”

In addition to the Doobie’s founding members, Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, who continue to front the band, the album will feature John McFee, whose history with the Doobies dates back to 1978, and legendary singer Michael McDonald, who exited in 1982 but is returning for this project.

“It is so exciting to have Michael on this project,” Huff said. “He heard what we were doing and immediately wanted to be a part.”

David brought his brother Dann in to co-produce four songs on this record with him.

“My brother is incredible as most of the country world knows,” David Huff said of his brother who is the mega producer behind many Nashville artists. “We have been making music together almost our whole lives. I could not be more thrilled to bring him on to the Doobies with me.”

“I think it will be the first time that Nashville will hear how very talented he is,” said Dann of his younger brother, David, who splits his time between Nashville and LA doing productions for both country and pop artists. “This really was his baby and I see it as David’s entry into the country market. I am just honored that I got to witness him work on a few songs. It’s gonna be a great record!”



Toby Keith, Brad Paisley and ZBB and More to Join Doobie Brothers on Brand New Album

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Four-time Grammy winning band the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald are teaming up with country’s biggest stars including Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann, Love and Theft, and more to be announced for an album of all-new recordings of the Doobie Brothers’ biggest hits. Releasing later this year on Sony Music Nashville, the album was announced during last week’s Country Radio Seminar at Sony Music Nashville’s annual, invitation-only show aboard the General Jackson Showboat, which treated radio, media, and industry VIPs to a surprise performance by the Doobie Brothers collaborating with album stars Paisley, Evans, and Young.

The album has come together organically over the last few months with artists picking their favorite Doobie songs and recording them with the Doobies. Many of the artists have performed Doobie Brothers songs live in concert, and Sony Music Nashville label head Gary Overton’s first live concert was a Doobie Brothers show in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1972.

Overton shares, “Seeing the Doobie Brothers perform all those years ago was such a thrill for me. I loved their sound, and the enduring appeal and influence of the Doobies runs deep. Artists have been telling me how excited they are to be a part of this project, and that alone speaks volumes about the amazing heritage of music that the Doobie Brothers have created.”

As durable as American steel, Northern California’s four-time Grammy winning Doobie Brothers sound has become part of America’s musical firmament, sampled on dance records, reinterpreted on “American Idol,” and a fixture on radio formats from top 40 to classic rock. They continue to write and record new material and tour the world, boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, all while breaking new creative ground. In 2011, the band marked a new chapter, filming a CMT Crossroads special with superstar Luke Bryan, and appearing for the first time ever on the Grand Ole Opry. Their relationship with Nashville continues to unfold with this new project.

Hunter Hayes, Zac Brown Band, The Band Perry Say Goodbye Yellow Brick Road


Hunter Hayes, Zac Brown Band and The Band Perry will appear on the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Elton John’s 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, covering “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Grey Seal” and “Harmony,” respectively. The project will be released March 25 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon here.

Country Music Helps Honor MusiCares Person of the Year Carole King

Photo: Larry Busacca/

Photo: Larry Busacca/

Friday (Jan.24) was a very special evening in Los Angeles.  Many super stars that cross all genres of music came out to celebrate the life works of Carole King.

Carole was named MusiCares Person of the Year for her extraordinary creative accomplishments and her charitable work.   She has been making music since the 1960′s and has recorded 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry, which held the record for most weeks at #1 by a female artist for more than 20 years until broken by Whitney Houston (for the soundtrack album The Bodyguard). She has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting. Carole was also the first woman to be honored as a recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2013.

The Red Carpet was full of country music friends of Carol including LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Zac Brown Band were all in attendance.

A silent auction before the concert helped raised $5.5 million and the attendees of the gala helped that number grow with a live auction that included $120,000 for a copy of Carole’s landmark “Tapestry” album on vinyl with a set of lyrics handwritten by Carol. Zac Brown bought an Acura specially equipped in honor of the event for $70,000, and the car maker kicked in an extra $30,000 to the charity.

Zac Brown, Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz  joined together on a stripped-down performance of “Beautiful,” while Miranda Lambert, Jennifer Nettles, Amy Grant and Martina McBride performed a medley of Carole’s songs.  Kacey Musgraves and Miguel performed “I’ll Do My Crying in the Rain” and LeAnn Rimes and Steven Tyler sang ”Hi-De-Ho.”

The best part of the evening was when everyone joined Carole on stage to perform “I Feel the Earth Move.”

Proceeds from the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year event provide support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.

Check out highlights from the MusiCares Person of the Year event on

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards are tonight, Jan. 26th at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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