Zac Brown Band
Written by Coy Boyles, Zac Brown, Niko Moon, and Ben Simonetti
Nostalgia about the early days of being a musician tends to be a winning theme.
Zac Brown Band give that theme a shot with “Roots,” and it mostly works. The details in the verses paint a unique picture of those days paying dues, and the instrumental breaks remind that Zac Brown Band are more than just a good lead singer.
But there’s a problem here that I consider a deal breaker, and that’s the hook. The decision to sing roots as “Rooo-ewts” is remarkably irritating, and it makes the chorus something to dread rather than something to anticipate.
Lyrically, the song is fine, but goodness, that chorus is something I never want to hear again.