Two winters ago, Zac Brown Band kicked off the new year by releasing “Homegrown,” the first single from their genre-jumping, pop-influenced Jekyll + Hyde. This week, they’re returning to their roots with “My Old Man,” an acoustic song that introduces the band’s upcoming back-to-basics album, Welcome Home.
Produced by studio kingpin Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell), “My Old Man” doubles down on the band’s harmony-heavy vocals, which drive forward a scaled-back arrangement of unplugged guitar, fiddle and light strings. It’s a sparse, solemn setting for the song, which finds Brown and company paying tribute to the fathers – many no longer living – who spent their adulthood providing, loving and living by example. “Now I finally understand; I have a lot to learn from my old man,” goes a line in the chorus.
In the lyric video above, childhood pictures scroll across the screen, showing the Zac Brown Band’s members spending time with their dads. It’s an understated move that packs a big punch, marking a return to the band’s country foundation after Jekyll + Hyde‘s EDM-friendly detour. One thing hasn’t changed: the guys’ commitment to the road. Arriving May 12th through a partnership with Warner Music Group, Elektra Records and the group’s own Southern Ground label, Welcome Home will be promoted with an amphitheater and stadium tour that stretches from the album’s release date into the fall.