Written by Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, and Niko Moon
Zac Brown Band has been doing so many variations on the same handful of themes – relaxing, drinking, digging your hometown – that each new release has to mix thing up a bit to justify its existence.
“Homegrown” attempts to do so by incorporating a more aggressive production. Nothing too crazy. Think Mellencamp, circa “Pink Houses.” I think they might have been going for a gospel feel toward the end, but that just makes it sound even more like Mellencamp. Circa “Pink Houses.”
It’s a perfectly fine record, one that covers very familiar lyrical territory while borrowing more from eighties middle America rock and roll than is usual for the band. It will sound better on radio than the majority of what it’s surrounded by, as ZBB jams always do. But once its run at radio is done, there’s no real need to play this particular ZBB jam over one of their other dozen or so hits that are already in recurrent rotation.