Today’s Mixed Tape Monday is not so much a mixed tape as it is a live album with a varied assortment of artists and cover songs. Zac Brown and his rowdy band of musical brothers did a benefit concert for the Georgia Theatre, a cultural haven of the Athens music scene that burned down in 2009, and released it as a live album entitled Pass the Jar. The album is a two disc set that is accompanied by a DVD of the concert. Zac’s music is typically fun in nature and drenched in the good time vibe. The concert exemplifies that vibe and the diversity of the cover songs reflects his deep appreciation for music in general.
The album is a good mix of some of Zac’s songs from his major label debut The Foundation such as:
- Chicken Fried
- Highway 20 Ride
- Whatever It Is
- Where the Boat Leaves From
In addition to Zac and his band, Kid Rock, Shawn Mullins, Little Big Town, and Angie Aparo as well as several other artists lend their vocal prowess to the cause. As diverse as the special guest are, the cover songs are the real gems.
- The Devil Went Down to Georgia (Charlie Daniels)
- Into the Mystic (Van Morrison)
- Blackbird (The Beatles)
- Jolene (Ray LaMontagne)
- Can’t You See (The Marshall Tucker Band)
- The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Band)
- I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan)
- One Love (Bob Marley)
The album is warm, fun, and a tribute to the strength of the band’s live shows. To take nothing away from the band’s studio album, to truly enjoy the Zac Brown Band, you need to see them live. While this album and DVD is as close as I’ve gotten thus far, I have added him to the list of folks I am on the lookout for on the DFW concert calendar.
Great music awaits!