Only a few days out from the release of their new album Welcome Home, Zac Brown Band just shared an awesome new lyric video. The clip features brand new song “Roots,” which is the first track off the record.
In the video, Brown sings about the band’s path and his personally trajectory. From the opening line, you know it’s a very personal tune. “My first best friend was a 6-string,” Brown sings.
The entire video features a bunch of really cool clips and pictures. It starts off on a great note, too, featuring crowd footage of the band winning a Grammy. Since the award represents a significant achievement for many artists, its only fitting the rest of the video shows the long climb to get to that point.
It’s one of the rare times a lyric video really makes a song even better. Watching the clips that Brown sings about in the song really shows just how much it means to them.
For instance, take the verse. “Every Friday you could find me at Dixie Tavern playing with my band,” Brown sings. Beautiful shot of the venue accompany the line, along with clips of it actually playing out on stage.
Sometimes its hard for fans to imagine artists way back before they sold out sports arenas. But lyric videos like these really help ground and endear artists to their fan bases.
Plus, the chorus is all about Brown’s roots keeping him grounded. So we might as well see exactly what those roots look like!
Honestly, the song could sound a little corny if not for how true it really is. Ending with the old adage that “What don’t kill you only makes you stronger” doesn’t win creativity points. But seeing it play out over the Zac Brown Band’s career in four minutes really makes it mean something. The line is more than just a common phrase. It may be commonplace, but it’s also true.
Plus, you can tell Brown is really speaking to the dreamers at that point. He’s moved on from talking about his roots to offering encouraging words to everybody else out there chasing their hearts.
Welcome Home drops May 12.