Zac Brown and his band of six talented musicians offered up a night of perfectly balanced pop and country music. For the first of three sold out nights at Red Rocks, the setlist included a diverse amount of covers and Zac Brown Band originals like “She’s walking away,” “Keep Me in Mind” and “Goodbye in Her Eyes.”
An assortment of talent pulling from various genres and regions is what has established the Zac Brown Band as the new face of country music. More than just guitars and a good beat, the fiddle playing of Jimmy De Martini and the southern roots of Douglas “Clay” Cook are what keeps the band firm in the realm of the genre. Zac Brown Band finds ways to keep its southern groove even when covering songs like Metalica’s “Enter Sandman,” Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t she lovely?” and John Mayer’s “Neon” (co-written by Cook).
While each show will offer a new selection of covered material, Colorado audiences are sure to be welcomed each night by “Colder Weather” off “You Get what You Give” (2010), a song that’s become a local country anthem. Zac Brown is also using this stop at Red Rocks to record a live version of “Leader of the Band” by the late Dan Fogelberg for an upcoming tribute album to the longtime Colorado resident.
Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.
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