Watch: Zac Brown Band Performs Two Songs on Saturday Night Live

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The Zac Brown Band performed two songs off of their new upcoming album Jekyll + Hyde on Saturday Night Live last night. First they performed the leading single from it, “Homegrown.” Later in the show they performed “Heavy Is The Head,” which also features Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. For those that pre-order the album, you can get “Homegrown,” “Heavy Is The Head” and “Dress Blues” right now. “Heavy Is The Head” was chosen as the second song performed over “Dress Blues” because the former was just released to rock radio. It’s interesting move by Zac Brown Band to have a single released to both country and rock radio at the same time. Nevertheless both are pretty great songs and I know Zac Brown Band fans everywhere enjoy them. When the album comes out you’ll hear my full thoughts on these songs. In the meantime check out their performances on Saturday Night Live.

To see their performance of “Homegrown” click here.

To see their performance of “Heavy Is The Head” click here.

What do you think of the performances? Sound off in the comments below!

5 thoughts on “Watch: Zac Brown Band Performs Two Songs on Saturday Night Live

  1. Lorenzo March 9, 2015 / 1:25 am

    I really wish ZBB will find crossover success on rock radio, but to me Heavy is the Head is a major disappointment. I don’t like rock music and I hate these metal-oriented pop/rock songs. I don’t think I’ll be buying the album, I can stand pop in my country music but not this kind of hard rock. such a pity, I used to love their material.

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  2. Derek Hudgin March 9, 2015 / 8:53 am

    I really liked both performances. “Heavy is the Head” is different than what you’d expect from these guys in terms of rock. Especially when you look at “Who Knows” and “Uncaged” those songs were Southern Rock with some still obvious Country influences in the melody. HITH is straight rock, and I think it’s good. It’s unique rock melody helps it, in my opinion.

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  3. bob March 9, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    Didn’t like “Heavy” at all. The one song I skip whenever I play my “Uncaged” cd is “Uncaged”. “Homegrown” is decent but not exactly memorable.

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  4. NoahHibiscusEaton March 10, 2015 / 12:41 am

    After listening to the first three offerings from “Jekyll + Hyde”…………………while I do like hat I hear overall…………I’m admittedly somewhat worried that, if this is any indication, that we may witnessing their equivalent of the Dave Matthews Band’s “Everyday”.

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    What do I mean by this?

    While I get the impression that Zac Brown has probably always been the benevolent dictator of the band……………..I can’t help but wonder this will be more a Zac Brown & Friends release than a Zac Brown Band album. You might recall that “Everyday” was an intensely polarizing era for Dave Matthews Band fans at th time of its release because many thought it sounded more like a Dave Matthews solo project than a genuine democratic effort from the band. Stefan Lessard and Boyd Tinsley even admitted in interviews that there was minimal group involvement with Dave Matthews in the “Everyday” sessions……….and I wouldn’t be surprised if Dave Matthews acquiesced in releasing “The Lilywhite Sessions” (in the form of “Busted Stuff”) in part to calm down a disgruntled fanbase at that time.

    Now I do like both “Homegrown” and “Heavy Is The Head” well enough and I stand by giving them positive reviews on their own merit. But I have to admit that the more I hear the former, the more I can’t help but notice how when you isolate the signature group vocal harmonies from the music, it sounds more like a Zac Brown solo debut single than an authentic group effort. And “Heavy Is The Head” doesn’t even have those signature harmonies intact (not that a dark song like that needs them anyway). If anything, “Heavy Is The Head” sounds like an Audioslave song featuring Zac Brown, honestly, even though it works to my ears regardless.

    So, I’m admittedly feeling slightly increased concern surrounding whether this will be a genuine group effort, or if Zac Brown the businessman is increasingly taking precedent over the music. After all, it must never be overlooked that Zac Brown is well-known for his business acumen and he has admitted repeatedly that he is trying to establish a brand in which not just music, but food, natural living and community-building all play part. He even owned and operated his own restaurant before dedicating himself full-time to music, and it was quite a successful restaurant too (he has since released a cookbook).

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    Now, it does bear reminding that, after all, the cover of “The Foundation” depicts Zac Brown by himself dusting off his palms (perhaps as if he was calling it a day after finishing constructing a house).

    Thus, it probably shouldn’t come to an surprise whatsoever that Zac Brown is indeed a benevolent dictator in that the band is named after him and he is the only member featured on cover art. Still, while I can accept this is more Zac Brown’s brand than anyone’s, I hope the group doesn’t lose its rich tapestry of interplay and cohesion with “Jekyll + Hyde”. I hope their stew of musical chemistry and convergence isn’t undermined by cavalries of studio musicians who have less of a sensitive grasp as to what has made this group shine in the first place.

    I hope “Jekyll + Hyde” turns out to be more their “Before These Crowded Streets” than their “Everyday”.

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    • Derek Hudgin March 10, 2015 / 9:26 am

      Great points, Noah! The band’s harmonies and cohesion is what makes their top songs great, and really what makes “Uncaged” a fantastic album. “Goodbye in Her Eyes” “The Wind” “Uncaged” (song) “Day That I Die” “Natural Disaster” “Sweet Annie” all feature great harmonies or musical interplay between the band members. That’s really where the band thrives. I haven’t heard their version of “Dress Blues” yet (I preordered a physical copy) but I hope there’s some signature ZBB Jam Band-esc songs among the crowd.

      Like you said, it’ll be disappointing if it’s a more solo Zac Brown type album than a band album

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