12 Years Since Zac Brown Band Released ‘The Foundation’: Fans React to the Classic Album

by Atlanta Northcutt
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Zac Brown can’t believe how quickly time has passed since the Zac Brown Band‘s debut album The Foundation release 12 years ago.

Time flies if it’s “Chicken Fried”

The Georgia-based band brought a country-rock sound to their first album as they jumped feet first onto the music scene in 2008. One of their biggest songs is the classic “Chicken Fried” which is off The Foundation.

In a tweet, Brown said “can’t believe it’s been 12 year… #tbt”.

What Fans are Saying

Fans are replying to Zac’s post, with one stating, “Favorite album of all time”.

Another comment says, “One of the best country albums ever. Free will always be a top 10 song”.

However, some replied with comments about missing the band’s old sound heard in The Foundation.

Another user added that the album is “gold from start to finish.”

Building ‘The Foundation’ of the Zac Brown Band

Regardless, The Foundation is responsible for changing the idea of what country radio was at the time. Five singles are responsible for giving the record serious publicity. Four of those singles, “Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” “Highway 20 Ride” and “Free” hit No. 1 status, with “Whatever It Is” reaching No. 2.

The Foundation earned three Grammy nominations and gained the group the coveted Best New Artist win. The title of the album is the perfect description of how it laid the foundation for the band’s successful future.

Critics describe the group as walking country music’s fine line between commercial accessibility and artistic authenticity.

The debut album touches on a variety of aspects from the typical pop-country music focusing on patriotism and beer with the song “Cold Beer on a Friday Night”. However, “It’s Not OK” is reminiscent of a Charlie Daniels’ foot-tapping fiddle song. A cover of “Jolene” by Ray LaMontagne explores another side of the heartwrenching harmony.

The success of The Foundation led the band to release two-platinum selling records, Uncaged and You Get What You Give, with the three albums selling over seven million total copies and gaining a historic series of eleven #1 hit singles.

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