Giving his bandmates a breather, Zac Brown flies solo with “Grandma’s Garden,” the newest single from producer Dave Cobb’s upcoming concept album, Southern Family. Recorded in Nashville, where Georgia boys Brown and Cobb both operate their own studios, the song pays tribute to the matriarch of Brown’s family. It’s a lush, swooning ballad, with a string arrangement that pushes Brown away from the modern sounds of his band’s latest record, Jekyll + Hyde, and closer to the Countrypolitan movement of the late Sixties.
“The concept [of the record] is Southern family” Cobb told Rolling Stone Country last December, weeks before he took home two trophies at the 2016 Grammy Awards. “It’s everybody writing personal songs about their family growing up in the south. And the second bigger concept is taking all these talented artists and putting them all together.”
With a tracklist that makes equal room for heavy-hitters like Miranda Lambert, Americana poster children like Jason Isbell and on-the-riser crooners like Anderson East, Southern Family shines a light on the full range of Nashville’s modern-day roots scene. The record is due March 18th on Cobb’s own imprint, Low Country Sound.