Zac Brown played at the Joe Louis Arena on New Years Eve and Steve Grunwald snagged a few minutes of his time to talk about food, writing songs in Detroit and the GRAMMYs. Zac Brown Band has made many stops here in Detroit over the years, including headlining the 2010 Downtown Hoedown. In 2009, after playing a show in Detroit, Zac Brown was hanging out with Kid Rock, when he recorded “Colder Weather” in Kid Rock’s home studio. Zac says about Detroit, “I like Detroit a lot, got some good memories from the time I’ve been here.”

Zac Brown Band is nominated for Best Country Album and Zac says, “There are so many of the awards show s that are political. Unless you’re from Nashville, or run in those circles, you’re never gonna win those awards, they’ll get you to come hang out and play, which is just as fine for us. But, the GRAMMYs are the highest level award.”

One of the really cool events that Zac Brown’s label, Southern Ground, puts on is his 3-day festival called Southern Ground Music & Food Festival. The event has been going on for a few years now and it is basically a gathering of great country music and delicious food. The festival started in Nashville and is now also in Charleston South Carolina. Zac says that people in Detroit should be on the lookout because he is looking to expand. “Whether it’s this year or next, I wanna add Detroit (to the lineup) because of the fans and the people here.” Zac says that when the weather is better, he wants to do the full 3-day festival and feed 50 to 60 thousand people!

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