Zac Brown Band kicks off ‘The Great American Road Trip Tour’ in May, introducing ZBB’s new, eighth member Matt Mangano on bass. The tour announcement comes on the heels of ZBB selling out a two-night stand at Fenway Park without any support acts — a feat only accomplished by four other bands (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, The Police and The Rolling Stones).
Often praised for their “unparalleled musicianship” (VH1), which earns the band standing ovations at every awards show they play, ZBB’s latest musical expansion will see long-time ZBB bassist and vocalist John Driskell Hopkins playing different instruments. Already known to “electrify with ear-grabbing vocals” (Billboard), Hopkins will continue to sing and play bass, but take on guitar, baritone guitar, ukulele, upright bass, and banjo in the band.
Matt Mangano’s official addition to the band line-up might be news but fans of ZBB will recognize him from on-stage guest performances over the years and from his studio work on ‘The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1’ and ‘Uncaged’. Mangano was even a featured guest player on the band’s first live CD/DVD release ‘Pass the Jar…’ in 2010. Before playing with Zac Brown Band, Mangano toured as a guitarist with John Mayer and performed with singer/songwriters Darrell Scott and Dave Barnes.
Of the new line-up, Zac Brown said: “We’re always growing as musicians and challenging ourselves to bring new things to our fans. Hop is an amazing talent and I can’t wait for people to see what we’ve got coming for the live show.”
The band’s latest project ‘The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1’ was produced by Dave Grohl and released on Zac’s own Southern Ground Artists label. The “genius” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) collaboration “embodies the best of all parties involved” (NY Times). To date, Zac Brown Band have earned three GRAMMY Awards, sold over 6 million albums and produced a historic series of eleven #1 hit singles.
Zac Brown Band is: singer/guitarist Zac Brown, violinist/singer Jimmy De Martini, multi-instrumentalist/singer John Driskell Hopkins, guitarist/organist Coy Bowles, multi-instrumentalist/singer Clay Cook, drummer Chris Fryar, percussionist Daniel de los Reyes, and bassist Matt Mangano.
Grammy-winning country artist Kacey Musgraves will be joining Zac Brown Band as support on four dates this summer. Musgraves previously performed at the band’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in 2013.
Zac Brown Band – ‘The Great American Road Trip Tour’:
5/24 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena – on sale now
5/29 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater – on sale now*
5/30 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater – on sale now*
5/31 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre – on sale now*
6/01 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre – on sale now*
6/05 – Orange Beach, AL – The Amphitheater at the Wharf – on sale now
6/06 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre – on sale now
6/07 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – on sale now
6/12 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion – on sale now
6/13 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center – on sale now
6/14 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center – on sale 4/18
6/19 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center – on sale now
6/20 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center – on sale now
6/21 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium – SOLD OUT
6/22 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live – on sale now
6/27 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park – SOLD OUT
6/28 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park – SOLD OUT
7/03 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest – Marcus Amphitheater – on sale now
7/10 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center – on sale 4/18
7/12 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion – on sale 4/18
7/13 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center – on sale now
7/16 – Paso Robles, CA – Midstate Fair – on sale now
7/20 – Lake Tahoe, NV – Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena – SOLD OUT
8/02 – Camrose, Alberta – Big Valley Jamboree – on sale now
8/04 – Sturgis, SD – Buffalo Chip – on sale now
8/09 – Detroit Lakes, MN – WE Fest – on sale now
8/15 – Endicott, NY – Dick’s Sporting Goods Open – SOLD OUT
* With Kacey Musgraves