Zac Brown Band Goes All Out On “From the Road, Vol. 1: Covers”
Zac Brown Band has been hitting it hard on the road for years, and while they have plenty of original material to choose from, they’ve slipped in some great covers for fans. Now they’ve released an album’s worth of them with From The Road, Vol. 1: Covers.
The country rock outfit celebrates a wide range of popular songs, sometimes with their own spin and sometimes staying true to the originals. Tracks on the record span back as far as 2012 when John Driskell Hopkins was still the group’s primary bassist. The majority of the songs are post-2014 when Matt Mangano took over the role and Hopkins moved to a multi-instrumentalist position. The most recent rack is from October 5th where they paid tribute to Jimmy Buffett with a rendition of “Margaritaville” in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Mangano’s bass lines are a focal point on many of the songs as he grooves hard on tracks like “Sabotage,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Whipping Post,” and more. The latter two feature Steven Tyler and Marcus King, respectively, with other guests including John Mayer, Darrell Scott, and Mark O’Connor.
Check out Mangano’s work on the jam-oriented version of “Baba O’Riley” live at Fenway Park in 2016:
From The Road, Vol. 1: Covers Track List:
- Bohemian Rhapsody (Live at The SSE Arena, Wembley, London, UK, 09.25.2015)
- Baba O’Riley (Live at Fenway Park, Boston, MA, 08.20.2016)
- Enter Sandman (Live at Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL, 09.14.2014)
- Sabotage (Live at Windy City Smokeout, Chicago, IL, 7.16.2023)
- Sweet Emotion feat. Steven Tyler (Live at Fenway Park, Boston, MA, 08.09.2015)
- Whipping Post feat. Marcus King (Live at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN, 10.17.2021)
- Margaritaville (Live at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC, 10.05.2023)
- It’s A Great Day To Be Alive feat. Darrell Scott (Live at Fenway Park, Boston, MA, 06.16.2018)
- Eleanor Rigby feat. Darrell Scott & Mark O’Connor Band (Live at Fenway Park, Boston, MA, 06.16.2018)
- With a Little Help From My Friends feat. Darrell Scott & Mark O’Connor Band (Live at Fenway Park, Boston, MA, 06.16.2018)
- Neon feat. John Mayer (Live at the Southern Ground Music and Food Festival, Nashville, TN, 09.22.2012)
- Use Somebody (Live at Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA, 08.25.2019)
- The Way You Look Tonight (Live at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA, 06.04.2016)