A new exhibit will launch this summer at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, focusing on Zac Brown Band's transition from hometown heroes into one of the largest, most celebrated bands in modern music.
Instruments, stage clothes, personal photos and original lyric sheets are among the showcased items in Homegrown: Zac Brown Band, which launches June 22nd and runs through the end of July 2017. Like recent exhibits focusing on Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and other 21st century stars, Homegrown doubles as an ongoing effort to attract a wide audience to the Country Music Hall of Fame, whose attractions are split more or less evenly between the genre's old-school legends and current torchbearers.
Raised in the Atlanta suburbs, Zac Brown began piecing together his current band in 2002. The sale of his southern-style restaurant, Zac's Place, helped fund the purchase of a tour bus two years later, and the newlyformed Zac Brown Band quickly hit the road, establishing themselves as road warriors long before any of their songs scaled the charts. By the time "Chicken Fried" became the group's first hit single in 2008, they'd already performed at bucket-list events like Bonnaroo.
"Fifteen Number One hits later, they are one of the most innovative groups in country music today," says Kyle Young, CEO of the Hall of Fame's museum. "With this exhibition, we will trace the band's organic path to stardom that can only be described as 'homegrown.'"