The radio-country king is set to play Safeco Field this summer.
Less than a year after country-rocking the Gorge Amphitheatre, fried chicken aficionado Zac Brown is returning to Washington state. This time, however, he’s bringing his strain of slickened honky tonk to Seattle proper.
On Friday, the Zac Brown Band announced a three-month summer tour hitting stadiums and amphitheaters across the U.S. The three-time Grammy winner and maker of questionable head-wear choices is set to play Safeco Field on Aug. 31 (7 p.m., $51-$131) on the back end of the 27-date jaunt, which closes with a couple of California dates with the Eagles.
Tickets for the Safeco show go on sale to the general public 10 a.m. Jan. 19, but given the absurd number of presales, fans hoping to score general admission tickets may not want to wait that long. The first presale, for “Zamily” fan club members, kicks off Tuesday morning with others scattered throughout the week.
Zac Brown Band is up for another Grammy this month, thanks to “My Old Man,” the pro-dad lead single from last year’s “Welcome Home” album. The record was produced by Dave Cobb, the same Nashville superproducer who tag-teamed Brandi Carlile’s forthcoming “By the Way, I Forgive You” with Shooter Jennings.
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Beyond culling from their library of radio-country smashes (“Chicken Fried,” “Knee Deep”), Brown and the boys are known for busting out classic rock covers, including a recent tribute to Steely Dan’s late co-founder Walter Becker. Earlier this week, the remaining members of Steely Dan announced a Seattle show of their own.
News of Brown’s Safeco gig almost certainly ends any speculation that he might headline Watershed Music Festival, the annual country bash at the Gorge. Nevertheless, it should be a busy summer for big-name country tours, so stay tuned.