Zac Brown Band Returning With New Album 'The Owl': Exclusive

Diego Pernía
Zac Brown Band

Hear gorgeous new track, 'Leaving Love Behind' now

The Owl, Zac Brown Band’s first new set since 2017’s Welcome Home, is slated for release on Sept. 20. 

The collection, the group’s first via BMG, includes collaborations with Skrillex, Andrew Watt, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Max Martin, Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder, among others.

“We’ve been working tirelessly on this album over the past couple years, ensuring every detail is perfect,” said Brown in a statement. “We are always pushing ourselves as musicians by blurring genre boundaries and incorporating all kinds of music we are personally inspired by, elevating what we are capable as a group. This album will have something for everyone.”

New digital single, the poignant piano ballad “Leaving Love Behind,” was released at midnight, July 26, and is available on digital platforms. It is ZBB's first new release since “Someone I Used To Know” in November 2018, which won the 2019 CMT Award for group video of the Year.

“Owls are one of the mythical kind of creatures -- we even had one at a photo shoot, and just being next to one and seeing one, they just seem otherworldly to me,” Brown told Billboard earlier this year. “They’re just like a magical thing, symbolizing wisdom and foreshadowing. But I have kind of a kinship to them. I don’t know what it is, I’m just really drawn to them. I’ve got three owls tattooed on me, actually.”

The band (Brown, Jimmy De Martini, John Driskell Hopkins, Coy Bowles, Clay Cook, Chris Fryar, Daniel De Los Reyes and Matt Mangano) is out this summer on The Owl tour. 

The album reveals a different side of the band, and draws on many of their recent life experiences, including Brown’s 2018 divorce. "There’s some really personal songs on the record and some other ones that are pretty heavy,” Brown said. “Then there’s some other ones that aren’t. There’s some songs that are so personal and so real that some of them I couldn’t even imagine having to play six months ago when we were writing them. There’s some songs that we wrote and perform that still just tear me up."

The band has undergone significant changes in the last year,  including changing managers to Scooter Braun's SB Projects and switching booking agencies to WME. 

The album is available for pre-order here.

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