The Zac Brown Band is an Academy of Country Music-award winning American country music band based in
The lineup consists of Zac Brown, (lead vocals, guitar), Jimmy De Martini (fiddle, vocals), John Driskell Hopkins (bass guitar, vocals), Coy Bowles (guitar, organ), Chris Fryar (drums) and Clay Cook (guitar, organ, mandolin, steel guitar, vocals).
The band has toured throughout the
The Zac Brown Band then signed to Live Nation Records in 2008. Their first single, "Chicken Fried", was originally recorded in 2003 and included on the Home Grown album, but later re-recorded and released to country radio in 2008. This song was also recorded by The Lost Trailers, whose 2006 recording was released as a single but withdrawn after Brown decided that he wanted to release it himself instead.
In October 2008, Atlantic Records took over distribution of "Chicken Fried". The band's album, The Foundation, was released under Atlantic Records' newly re-established country division in association with Home Grown/Big Picture label on November 18, 2008. The group had been previously signed with Live Nation Artists Records. "Chicken Fried" reached Number One on the country charts in November 2008, making them the first country band to reach Number One with a debut single since Heartland did so in 2006 with "I Loved Her First".
In January 2009, Clay Cook joined as a multi-instrumentalist, and the band released its second single, "Whatever It Is". Like "Chicken Fried" before it, this song has reached Top 5 on the country charts and Top 40 on the pop charts. In July 2009, a third single, "Toes", was released and this became their second Number One hit in late October 2009.
Zac Brown Band received four nominations for the 2009 CMA Awards including New Artist Of The Year, as well as Song Of The Year, Single Of The Year, and Music Video Of The Year for their smash hit Chicken Fried.