We’re going to need a studio version of this Zac Brown Band cover ASAP. At a recent tour stop in Bristow, Va., the group covered The Who’s classic rock anthem “Baba O’Riley.” And you’ve definitely never heard it like this before.
On their last record Jekyll + Hyde, Zac Brown Band proved they could tackle just about any genre and still make it sound good. The hodgepodge pleased some and confused some others. But hey, everybody’s a critic.
So when it came time to cover as classic a song as “Baba O’Riley,” the group could’ve easily played it safe and done a true-to-the-original take. But no way. Instead, they whip out a horn section, funky backbeats, a folksy fiddle hoedown and shredding solos.
It’s a 7-minute ride. Just watch.
The Zac Brown Band consistently prove themselves the best band in country music. Few can touch their musicianship and creativity on stage. It’s a chemistry that’s been brewing for decades — much earlier than 2008’s incredibly successful debut The Foundation.
Speaking of The Foundation, Brown and company revealed they’ll be back in the studio at the end of the year to record a new record that returns to their roots.
The band has been on the road supporting their previous release for more than a year. Their long-running 2016 Black Out The Sun Tour will wrap up this week in Tampa, Fla.