Zac Brown Band Chicken-Fries Up Rodeo Fun

Zac Brown Band NRG Stadium March 12, 2015

In the decade since they first surfaced in the country-music mainstream with 2005's "Chicken Fried," as down-home a finger-lickin' tune as you can download, the Zac Brown Band has now played the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo five times. Actually make that five in a row, putting the Atlanta-based octet on the fast track to someday having its bootprints enshrined in the rodeo's "Star Trail of Fame"; right alongside their "As She's Walking Away" duet partner Alan Jackson.

Thursday night at NRG Stadium, the ZBB gave the second-largest crowd of the 2015 rodeo season a taste of what the national TV audience of Saturday Night Live got last weekend. Yes, it tasted like chicken, but Brown and his nimble bandmates can rearrange their sound as many ways as there are to prepare that noble flightless bird for the dinner table. No matter the flavor, all of them were delicious.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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