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Zac Brown Band Announce Summer Tour, Eighth Band Member

(Taste of Country) – Road trips are pretty awesome — especially paired with country music. Zac Brown Band are doing just that, treating fans to live shows across the country with the announcement of the Great American Road Trip Tour. Plus, they’ve added an eighth band member.

The Great American Road Trip Tour kicks off on May 24 in Lincoln, Neb. and it will be new member Matt Mangano’s first time as part of a ZBB tour. Fans will recognize him from on-stage guest performances over the years and from his studio work on ‘The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1‘ and ‘Uncaged.’ Mangano was also a featured guest player on the band’s first live CD/DVD release ‘Pass the Jar…’ in 2010.

Mangano’s addition on bass isn’t the only change that will be happening onstage.

Long-time ZBB bassist and vocalist John Driskell Hopkins will continue to play bass and sing, but he’ll also take on guitar, baritone guitar, ukulele, upright bass, and banjo in the band. Brown elaborates on the change, saying, “We’re always growing as musicians and challenging ourselves to bring new things to our fans. Hop is an amazing talent and I can’t wait for people to see what we’ve got coming for the live show.”

The three-time Grammy Award-winning band has sold over six million album and produced eleven No. 1 hit singles. Country songstress Kacey Musgraves will join ZBB for four shows this summer, acting as their opening set. There are already several sold out shows on the tour, which runs from May 24 through August 15.

Zac Brown Band The Great American Road Trip Tour Dates:
5/24 – Lincoln, Neb. | Pinnacle Bank Arena
5/29 – Tampa, Fla. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater*
5/30 – Tampa, Fla. | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater*
5/31 – West Palm Beach, Fla. | Cruzan Amphitheatre*
6/01 – West Palm Beach, Fla. | Cruzan Amphitheatre*
6/05 – Orange Beach, Ala. | The Amphitheater at the Wharf
6/06 – Pelham, Ala. |Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
6/07 – Atlanta, Ga. | Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
6/12 – Charlotte, N.C. | PNC Music Pavilion
6/13 – Cincinnati, Ohio  |Riverbend Music Center
6/14 – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio | Blossom Music Center
6/19 – Camden, N.J.  | Susquehanna Bank Center
6/20 – Camden, N.J. | Susquehanna Bank Center
6/21 – Forest Hills, N.Y. | Forest Hills Stadium
6/22 – Bristow, Va. | Jiffy Lube Live
6/27 – Boston, Mass. | Fenway Park
6/28 – Boston, Mass. | Fenway Park
7/03 – Milwaukee, Wisc. | Summerfest – Marcus Amphitheater
7/10 – Holmdel, N.J. | PNC Bank Arts Center
7/12 – Burgettstown, Pa.  | First Niagara Pavilion
7/13 – Noblesville, Ind. | Klipsch Music Center
7/16 – Paso Robles, Calif. | Midstate Fair
7/20 – Lake Tahoe, Nev. | Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
8/02 – Camrose, Alberta, Canada  | Big Valley Jamboree
8/04 – Sturgis, S.D.  |Buffalo Chip
8/09 – Detroit Lakes, Minn. | WE Fest
8/15 – Endicott, N.Y . | Dick’s Sporting Goods Open

* With Kacey Musgraves

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