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The Foundation

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Track Listings

1. Listen Toes
2. Listen Whatever It Is
3. Listen Where The Boat Leaves From
4. Listen Violin Intro To Free
5. Listen Free
6. Listen Chicken Fried
7. Listen Mary
8. Listen Different Kind Of Fine
9. Listen Highway 20 Ride
10. Listen It's Not OK
11. Listen Jolene
12. Listen Sic 'Em On A Chicken

About the Album

Now that Jimmy Buffett has tried repositioning himself as a country artist by cutting duets with the likes of Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney and Clint Black, it should come as no surprise that the Parrothead influence has begun making its way into Nashville, and the first major-label effort from Zac Brown features not one but two songs ("Toes" and "Where the Boat Leaves From") devoted to the joys of getting buzzed and playing music in some seaside locale with good weather. Seeing how most of the great names of country's formative era rarely if ever sang about vacationing (beyond spending the odd night in a honky-tonk), this is an interesting and somewhat puzzling development, though Brown and his band have embraced a canny range of marketable influences on The Foundation. "Chicken Fried" is a radio-friendly homage to country-as-lifestyle (including chicken fried steak, cold beer and supporting the troops), "It's Not OK" is a less-than-good-natured rant against some panhandler that will warm the hearts of Toby Keith fans, the "lite-funk with fiddle" groove of "Different Kind of Groove" suggests these guys have been listening to a lot of Dave Matthews, and "Highway 20 Ride" and "Free" show the influence of the more sentimental branches of the Texas Singer-Songwriter tradition (through the results are more Pat Green than Robert Earl Keen). Brown has a fine voice and he and his band are solid pickers who've polished these songs to a fine semi-gloss after a few thousand nights on the road, but there's a calculated air of "something for everyone" about The Foundation that doesn't sound eclectic so much as an effort to chase down as many demographics as possible. Brown and his partners are determined to sing something you're going to like, but The Foundation would be a bit more satisfying if more of it came from the heart instead of some sort of strategy session. ~ Mark Deming, All Music Guide
Artist: Zac Brown Band
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 1
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.08
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.26 x 4.25 x 5.25
UPC: 0007567896948

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5★ by 71reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by excellent CD Even though this CD came out a while ago, there are many tracks that you still hear on the radio. I really like this CD alot and am looking forward to their next one.........also was a great price! 08/17/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Zac Brown Band As the whole world knows this is great music. 10/13/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great CD A great country band getting back to country roots and away from pop-ish garbage. Love it and can't wait for the next one to come out. 12/04/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Fun I purchased this cd after only hearing one track (Chicken Fried). What a pleasant surprise to enjoy each and every song. Can't wait to sit on the water this summer and listen all day! 04/25/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by When I was ordering the latest CD from Zac Brown Band from Walmart.com and found the Foundation and was listening to the sample songs my daughter recognized some of the songs. I bought it and Love it!!!!!!!! When I can I will get all of his music CD's. I enjoy listening to him sing. 12/07/2011
Rated 4 out of 5★ by New Artist Very talented new artist. I bought this for my step dad for Christmas because he really loves southern rock and folk music. This CD has a taste of both. 12/29/2008
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Good CD We love the song Chicken Fry so I bought the CD for my 13 year old daughter. Well, the first song has a curse word in it but other than that it's a pretty good CD. It has a mix of country, blue grass and kinda tropical songs. My favorite song is Free. Awesome song! The last song something about a Chicken is strange but for the most part the CD is worth buying. 12/29/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Zac Brown Review This is a great CD; couldn't get the previous release so wanted this one before it became unavailable too. Great smooth sound...and he's a bit mouthy too. But in a slick way. Love the tunes! 04/27/2009
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