WORLD AS THE STAGE

A chance meet­ing with the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl in­spired the Zac Brown Band to aim higher. Now they are out to con­quer the globe and Australia – and By­ron Bay’s Blues­fest – is part of the jour­ney

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“They’re un­be­liev­able, the band is so good they can be tracked live; we didn’t f--- with com­put­ers, we tracked live, four-part har­monies around one mi­cro­phone. It’s rocking. Peo­ple are like, ‘Oh, it’s coun­try’. ‘No, it’s not, it’s like the All­man Broth­ers’. ‘No, it’s not, it’s jam band’,” Grohl told Rolling Stone. “I don’t even know what you would call it, it’s f---ing great.”

Their mu­tual ad­mi­ra­tion so­ci­ety had rather in­aus­pi­cious be­gin­nings. They met in a cloth­ing store.

It was the John Var­vatos designer store in West Hol­ly­wood, where Brown was pick­ing up some gear.

He wasn’t go­ing to let their ran­dom meet­ing pass with­out talk­ing to the Foo Fighters man.

“We nat­u­rally ended up in the same place and started talk­ing about stu­dios, I had been work­ing on mine and I had just seen Sound City (Grohl’s 2013 doco),” Brown ex­plains.

“Man, he is ev­ery­thing you thought he would be and in the process of mak­ing the EP, we be­came friends.

“He doesn’t just talk about do­ing things, he ac­tu­ally does them and we share that in com­mon.”

See­ing Brown lent his tal­ents to Sonic High­ways, it would seem only fair that Grohl would do the same for the next ZBB al­bum.

“I have sent him a cou­ple of songs to lis­ten to but as of right now with his new baby and the al­bum re­lease and the se­ries and the tour … he’s in a bit of a whirl­wind right now,” he says. “But there will def­i­nitely be an­other Grohl Ses­sions one day.”

While the early adopters and the cu­ri­ous will have plenty of mu­si­cal sus­te­nance dur­ing their up­com­ing tour of Australia, the hard­core fans will be miffed they won’t be get­ting any ZBB Eat and Greets here.

The band have an am­bi­tious ver­sion of the stan­dard meet and greet.

The ZBB take an enor­mous mo­bile kitchen on the road dur­ing their Amer­i­can tours and will cook up a feast and eat with fans be­fore a show.

“We won’t have our kitchen or our gro­ceries with us down there – we have to come over lean,” he says. “But I would love to be able to do it there one day be­cause Aus­tralian pro­duce is amaz­ing.”

Pic­ture: WARNER MU­SIC

Amer­i­can roots rock­ers Zac Brown Band are head­ing to Australia later this month.

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