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Zac Brown Hones His Songwriting Skills

Posted by Sarah Norton on 02/24/2010

Zac Brown has been writing songs since he was very young. With chart-toppers like “Chicken Fried,” “Whatever It Is,” “Toes" and now "Highway 20 Ride, it’s obvious he has the process down to a T.

"Every time I had an idea, I'd write it down," Brown told Acoustic Guitar magazine. "That's a big part of songwriting. When those ideas hit you, they're fleeting, and if you don't write them down, you won't remember them. So, I worked on the discipline of that."
Now, Brown writes whenever the inspiration strikes, but when at home, he usually waits until the rest of his family is asleep. "Normally my wife goes to bed earlier than I do, and I've got a little writing studio where all my acoustic guitars are set up behind my house," he explained. "So, if I can't sleep, I'll go sit for two or three hours a night and work on bits and pieces of songs. I've got a folder with 109 songs that need little bits and pieces to be finished. you never know when a song's going to hit."

Brown is also a guitar natural, being surrounded by the sounds of the instrument as he grew up. "I've been in love with guitars since I was little," Brown said. "I carried a guitar to school with me every day of middle school, high school, college. I was the guy who had the guitar, playing it every chance I got -- every lunch break, after school, after football practice."

The Zac Brown Band is currently working on their follow-up album to The Foundation. They are about halfway through recording vocals for the upcoming project, which is expected to hit stores sometime this year.