Zac Brown Band returned to Tampa Bay in support of its latest LP, Welcome Home, and the Atlanta boys gave fans a very familiar feeling by firing off a two-and-half hour set that managed to work in a couple handfuls of covers like the familiar take on Van Morrison's "Into The Mystic" and other less utilized cuts from Fleetwood Mac, U2 and Jason Isbell. Our review described part of the show like this.
Set opener “Use Somebody” was borrowed from the Kings of Leon, opener Caroline Jones joined Brown & co. for a take on Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon,” and another tourmate, Darrell Scott, joined in as ZBB played the aforementioned “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” (a song written by Scott before Travis Tritt made it a hit in the year 2000). Save for a solemn take on Jason Isbell’s 2013 Americana classic “Cover Me Up,” familiarity was the order of the day during a two-and-half-hour show that surprisingly felt short.
Time flies when you’re having drunk though, and Brown was happy to bring Buffett vibes to the party with “Knee Deep,” a 2010 song, which features Jimmy himself. “Toes,” a 2008 hit that could be the unofficial anthem for Tampa Bay’s own Redneck Riviera, was great, and “Jump Right In” is now my new personal theme song for shotgunning blue margaritas.
Listen to a playlist featuring songs from the set below, and see more photos here.