After experimenting with multiple musical genres on 2015's Jekyll + Hyde, the Zac Brown Band will get back to basics on Welcome Home, the group's fifth major-label LP, due May 12th. Joining the band's homecoming, as it were, will be fellow Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves, who's featured on "All the Best," the group's soulful version of a John Prine gem from his 1991 album The Missing Years.
In an Instagram video posted this week, Brown is seen in the studio during a recording session with Musgraves and the band's John Driskell Hopkins. Musgraves also shared the brief clip on her Instagram, noting, "I had SO much fun singin' on one of my favorite old @john_prine songs on the new @zacbrownband record. Zac – thanks for always being so kind and supportive to me." (Watch the video above.)
"We went back to being very minimalistic," Brown told Rolling Stone Country of the upcoming LP, produced by Dave Cobb. "I feel like something happened to me when we were recording Jekyll + Hyde, where we cleaned the white board creatively. We got to experiment. We got to go all over the map, from rock to electronic songs. Now, I'm able to do all my experimental things with Sir Rosevelt [Brown's funked-up side project from last year] and it's helped me get down to the basics of what ZBB started out as, which was very much a singer-songwriter type of approach. That's really what the rest of this album is."
"All the Best" was one of the songs the now-eight-piece band recorded for Welcome Home in just "one solid take," says Brown, adding, "We just went into the studio and captured what we do. Normally, we have pre-production for a week, and we work out all the harmonies then. We just did it on the spot this time."
On Friday, April 21st, Zac Brown Band will play