2002 - Formed in Dahlonega, Ga.
Keyed by the man himself, Zac Brown got things started by pounding the pavement with a couple hundred tour stops a year, though the initial shows did not include his current band mates just yet.
2003 - Home Grown/Southern Ground Artists, Inc.
Ever the go-getter, Zac Brown's own label, originally named Home Grown, made its debut in 2003, and is still in existence today. Now called Southern Ground Artists, Inc., the Atlanta-based label offers opportunities to young, aspiring artists including Nic Cowan, The Wheeler Boys, and Sonia Leigh, among others.
2004 - Zac's Place Leads to Full Tour Commitment
The year 2004 proved to be quite notable in the band's history. With the assistance of his father, Brown opened the aptly named Zac's Place in Georgia in 2004. The Southern-style restaurant doubled as a concert venue, and the eventual sale of the establishment to a developer helped provide the capital to begin funding the band. The addition of violinist/vocalist Jimmy De Martini helped buoy the profile of the early Zac Brown Band lineup which used the money from the restaurant to purchase a tour bus and fully commit to touring the country. In capping off a productive year for the group, Zac Brown Band released its first independent album, "Far From Einstyne."
2008 - "The Foundation" is Unveiled
Though "The Foundation" was recorded two years earlier, it wasn't until 2008 that fans got their hands on what would become Zac Brown Band's breakthrough album. In conjunction with Brown's label and Atlantic Records, the first single, "Chicken Fried," hit the airwaves and promptly ascended to the top spot on the country charts, the first such feat for a debut track since 2006.
2009 & Beyond - Prominent Country Music Fixture
Having solidified its place in the competitive world of country music, Zac Brown Band epitomizes success in more ways than one. From a devoted fan base to strong album sales, the group's stock continues to rise. The accolades have been plentiful as well, and since 2009, Zac Brown Band has garnered award nominations every year, including GRAMMYs for Best New Artist, Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, and Best Country Album.
Since the days of playing at Brown's own venue and jamming out at small bars, the band has had a faithful following of fans that flock to shows during the frequent tour schedule.
While most acts have grown accustomed to booking many shows each year, what makes Zac Brown Band tours different than the rest is the group's unique, "Eat and Greet" opportunities, which launched a couple years back as an alternative to the typically "awkward" and brief meet and greets before shows. Instead, ZBB offers up to 200 fans per show, the opportunity to purchase an "Eat and Greet" pass to dine with the boys before a performance. For more information and details regarding these events, check out our Zac Brown Band Infographic.
Although the "home of country" has said to be Nashville, Zac Brown and Co. have remained settled in Georgia, where the band first got its start. The diverse background of each of the seven members has led to a very unique sound, combining many different styles of music with a country foundation. Various elements include:
Zac Brown Band's hard work and collaborations have garnered over 50 award nominations, highlighted by more than their fair share of wins over the years. See some of the accomplishments below: