Their music often sounds designed to fade into the background, particularly on their radio singles, which usually land somewhere between faceless and mildly interesting, but rarely compelling in any meaningful way.
“Sweet Annie” manages to break out of their normal groove in a surprising way: Zac Brown’s vocal performance. Usually, he sings in a way that is designed to blend in with the instruments and backing vocalists. On “Sweet Annie”, he gets in touch with his inner Ronnie Milsap, pushing himself with an emotive vocal that reinforces the message of the song.
It’s a perfect fit, given that the song is all about a man who has been stuck in the same rut for too long, and is now trying to convince his love that he’s going to change his ways and leave the bottle behind. When he really lets loose at the mic, the band follows his lead, with a surprisingly prominent fiddle playing two punch to Brown’s one.
Written by Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrett, Sonia Leigh and John Pierce