Zac Brown gives Kyle Meredith a call to detail his two new records: The Owl features the Zac Brown Band, while The Controversy is billed as his first solo pop album. Both albums showcase an artist stretching out into new sounds and working with some of pop’s biggest producers, including Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Ryan Tedder, and Skrillex. Brown gives us details into why he chose to take this direction, his need to explore, and some of the comments that critics and purists have given in response.
In fact, one of these songs in particular, “God Given”, has received the brunt of the backlash, but Brown says it’s a song that been extremely misunderstood and uses this opportunity to clear the air. We also hear about covering The Wood Brothers, collaborating with Brandi Carlile on “Finish What We Started”, and his plans to release songs in “little batches” as the band goes forward.
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Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Meredith digs deep into the artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty.