July 22, 2016 - June 18, 2017
The museum explores Zac Brown Band’s rise to fame in Homegrown: Zac Brown Band, a career-spanning exhibition that opened July 22 and runs through June of 2017. The exhibition includes stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts, photos and more from the band’s personal collection.
Formed in Atlanta in 2002, the band scored their first hit in 2008. Today at eight members strong, the band’s lineup includes Zac Brown, lead vocals and guitar; Coy Bowles, organ, piano, clavinet, and guitar; Clay Cook, organ, piano, clavinet, guitar, pedal steel guitar and backing vocals; Daniel de los Reyes, percussion; Jimmy De Martini, fiddle and backing vocals; John Driskell Hopkins, bass, guitar, banjo, ukulele, and backing vocals; Chris Fryar, drums and percussion; and Matt Mangano, bass.
In 2011, band leader Zac Brown founded the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival to create opportunities for collaboration and to share cultural experiences. The festival has been staged in Nashville, Tenn., Charleston, S.C., and other cities across the U.S. A former camp counselor, Brown also launched Camp Southern Ground, designed to help children with academic, emotional, or social disabilities. This communal spirit is evident too in the band’s creative collaborations with country music stars such as Charlie Daniels and Alan Jackson.
Exhibition highlights include:
- Custom-designed conga drum used by percussionist Daniel de los Reyes in the music video for “Jump Right In.” Reyes modeled the drum on one used by his father, renowned Cuban percussionist Walfredo de los Reyes III
- Three of John Driskell Hopkins’s Modulus Graphite bass guitars, each named for one of his daughters
- Taylor NS prototype acoustic-electric guitar, made for Brown in 2010
- Jimmy De Martini’s Knilling Bucharest violin
- Clay Cook’s Gibson Signature Pete Townsend SG electric guitar
- Custom-painted Yamaha electric guitar with skeleton motifs, used by Coy Bowles
- Jackets designed by Manuel for Zac Brown Band performance, with Dave Grohl, of “Day for the Dead,” at the 2013 CMA Awards
- Top hat worn by Brown on the cover of the band’s 2015 album, Jekyll + Hyde
- Jewelry and clothing designed by Zac Brown’s wife, Shelly, including costumes worn by actress Jaime Murray in the band’s 2012 video for "Goodbye in Her Eyes"