Zac Brown Band, winner of the 2010 Best New Artist Grammy, heads out on tour with one goal: "We want to blow fans away every time," says front man Zac Brown. And following the band's latest addition of an "eat-and-greet" pre-show ritual, where they invite fans to join them while dining on southern-cuisine specialties created by Zac himself, it's no surprise they've been nominated for the Academy of Country Music's fan-voted Entertainer of the Year award.
Entertainer of the Year is now open and votes for Zac Brown Band can be cast at: http://bit.ly/ZBB-ACM
Zac Brown Band puts on a one-of-a-kind live show and critics and fans alike are rallying behind them:
--"The Zac Brown Band gave a high-energy, genre-bending performance to the sold-out crowd, confirming why the Academy of Country Music on Tuesday nominated the band for Entertainer of the Year." Las Cruces Sun
--"What sets Zac Brown Band apart is the incredible musicianship.., beautiful harmonizing; and fiery showmanship. It's easy to understand why ZBB won the Best New Artist Grammy." - Las Vegas Sun
--"Brown and his band captivated the crowd - couples danced and roaring singalongs almost drowned out the group." - Orange County Register
--"The band was sharp and top-notch. The bushy-bearded and skullcapped Brown, who came across as incredibly likeable and humble, gave off Southern good-ol'-boy charm." - Salt Lake Tribune
--"An outstanding performance...each member in the alt-country sextet was showcasing its musicianship. Blending country, rock, pop, bluegrass, rockabilly and reggae along with four-part harmonies and Brown's lightning-fast guitar picking, the group kept the energy level high all evening." - Deseret News
--"An amazing set by Brown's band. Their cover of 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' gave me goosebumps" - Denver Post
Voting will close during the third hour of the live broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 18th at 8:00 PM ET on CBS. The winner will be announced live at the ceremony.
Already the Academy of Country Music's reigning Top New Vocal Group, the group also earned nominations for Album of the Year for 'The Foundation,' Single Record of the Year for "Toes," and Top Vocal Group. Zac Brown also received two individual nominations as producer of Album of the Year for 'The Foundation' and Single Record of the Year for "Toes."
Zac Brown Band's platinum-certified, major label debut 'The Foundation' - one of Billboard's Top 20 albums of 2009 - is out now on Atlantic Records. The band's live DVD/2-CD release 'Pass The Jar - Zac Brown Band and Friends Live from the Fabulous Fox Theatre In Atlanta' is out May 4 (Southern Ground/Atlantic).