By CHRIS TALBOTT
AP Entertainment Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Describing the new Zac Brown Band album is anything but simple.
Brown wanted to keep most of the surprises on the band’s follow-up to 2010’s “You Get What You Give” under wraps in a Tuesday afternoon phone interview.
He said the group has added Daniel de los Reyes, a percussionist who’s worked with Earth, Wind & Fire, Sting and Jennifer Lopez among others. His addition to the already existing rhythm section of bassist John Driskell Hopkins and drummer Chris Fryar has allowed the band to expand its sound into new territory.
For instance, Trombone Shorty and the New Orleans star’s horn section will make a guest appearance on “Overnight,” ZBB’s first shot at straight-up R&B.
Finding that pulse was an important part of the new album. Brown said a tour through England with Kings of Leon got the band thinking about arrangements and finding the groove _ then sticking with it. Band members also riffed on their mutual love of U2, looking for songs that resonates in arenas and stadiums.
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