Zac Brown Band
The Georgia-born Zac Brown Band is country music’s answer to the Dave Matthews Band: seven schleppy Everydude virtuosos who graduated from the frat-rock bar circuit to multi-platinum stardom thanks to a knack for crafting toothless — but still appealing — Top 40 hits rooted in jam-folk.
The band’s last two albums sold millions of copies, and “Uncaged” seems like something they gave themselves as a reward, a musical hall pass that briefly alights upon every genre they ever felt like trying on: country, soul, gospel, Skynyrd-y rock, Jimmy Buffett-lite. “The Wind” is a vigorous bluegrass stomp; “Island Song,” sung in a fleeting Jamaican accent, channels Kenny Chesney channeling Buffett. On “Sweet Annie,” the band pillages its own back catalogue; it’s a too-close cousin to their 2010 smash, “Colder Weather.”