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Zac Brown and his band provided a packed Woodlands pavilion an extended finale to The Owl Tour.EXPAND
Zac Brown and his band provided a packed Woodlands pavilion an extended finale to The Owl Tour.
Photo by Marco Torres

Zac Brown Band Cheer On the Houston Astros in The Woodlands

Zac Brown Band, Lukas Nelson
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
October 27, 2019

In what was perhaps the last pleasant weekend of the extended Houston summer, the Zac Brown Band did the one thing that kept everyone in the audience happy: They kept us updated on the score of the Astros game. They also provided a full house with some of the best country music out there, far removed from the modern "bro" country stars dressed in Ed Hardy shirts with rhinestones on their hats.

This is honest, patriotic music that doesn't try too hard to be cool, and definitely doesn't wear skinny jeans. Yes, the lyrics may still revolve around drinking beer with friends and finding and losing love, but it does so with emotion, soul, and gorgeous harmony.

Houston was the last stop on The Owl Tour, which supports the band's sixth studio album released earlier this year. Reading over the album liner notes was supremely interesting, showing tracks written and produced by Skrillex, Shawn Mendes, Poo Bear, and Houston's own Happy Perez.

Lukas Nelson is a soulful performer, singing from the heart with force and confidence.EXPAND
Lukas Nelson is a soulful performer, singing from the heart with force and confidence.
Photo by Marco Torres

Along for the ride serving as the opening act of this tour was Lukas Nelson. You may know him as a major collaborator on the soundtrack for the Academy Award winning film A Star Is Born, as well as being Willie Nelson's son. Just like his father, Lukas has strong, formidable hands with sharp fingers that make his guitar moan and wail with a purpose.

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Lukas joined Zac Brown onstage for the track "Find Yourself", which is a blues and funk inspired warning to a would-be lover. "I hope you find yourself, before I find somebody else... I know the love that I deserve."

Nelson is definitely on the rise as a country/rock star, with certain influences from his family heritage, but also singing at times in falsetto like Little Richard and almost doing the splits while playing guitar like Chuck Berry. He even ended his set with the track "Something Real," which inspired him to play with his teeth a la Jimi Hendrix.

I was really hoping to hear Nelson play "Shallow", but I guess it wasn't a shallow type of night.

Once Zac and his crew hit the stage, the crowd was more than ready to sing along to favorites like "Chicken Fried", "Keep Me In Mind", and "Homegrown". But what really sets this band apart is their love for rock covers. They offered up an intense rendition of "Use Somebody" by Kings Of Leon, and finished the night with tracks from Rage Against The Machine, Def Leppard, and Van Halen.

The most poignant set of the night was during the acoustic break down mid show which included "Knee Deep", "Lance's Song", and "Leaving Love Behind".

Zac Brown Band stopped by The Woodlands on the last night of The Owl Tour.EXPAND
Zac Brown Band stopped by The Woodlands on the last night of The Owl Tour.
Photo by Marco Torres

At the end of the night, the whole band and crew took to the stage wearing Houston Astros baseball caps. They helped us celebrate the win and provided joyful memories to be shared with friends and family for many years to come.

SET LIST

Toes
Cost Of Freedom
Devil Went Down To Georgia
Let It Go
No Hurry
Use Somebody
Boys In The Band
Not Ok
Find Yourself
Keep Me In Mind
Lance's Song
Knee Deep
Leaving Love Behind
Someone I Used To KNow
Day For The Dead
Colder
Lovin You Easy
Jump Right In
Woods
Free
Chicken Fried
Home Grown
Seven Nation Army/Hot For Teacher/Pour Some Sugar On Me/Bulls On Parade

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