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  • Black Sheep Hit: "Heavy Is the Head", a collaboration with Chris Cornell, became their first #1 on Mainstream Rock. It's also a great deal heavier than anything else in their already varied catalog.
  • Chart Displacement: Their longest-lasting #1 hit is "Keep Me in Mind", which is nowhere near as famous as "Chicken Fried" (hands-down their Signature Song), "Toes", "Colder Weather", "Knee Deep", or "Homegrown".
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  • Creator Backlash: Zig-zagged with "Toes". Zac Brown disliked the fact that the song had to censor the lyric "ass in the sand" for the radio edit, but his co-writer didn't mind.
  • Executive Meddling: According to Brown, he gave The Lost Trailers permission to record "Chicken Fried" way back in 2006 (before the ZBB broke out) on the condition that they not release it as a single. But someone at the Trailers' label ignored his request, which promptly led to Zac demanding that the label pull it.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: "Zamily".
  • Name's the Same:
    • Their song "Free" entered the country charts literally the same week that another song by Jack Ingram titled "Free" fell from the charts.
    • In 2015, a group named A Thousand Horses debuted on the charts. Their guitarist? Zach Brown.
  • Network to the Rescue: Atlantic Records picked them up for distribution rights partway through the run of "Chicken Fried". However, they later switched to RPM Entertainment, and reverted to just their own label for The Grohl Sessions before moving again to Big Machine for Jekyll + Hyde, Elektra for Welcome Home, and Wheelhouse for The Owl.
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  • The Pete Best: Very early in the band's history, Marcus Petruska and Tim Ussery were the drummer and guitarist, with Joel Williams soon replacing the latter. Petruska and Williams are credited on The Foundation, but promotional material was already crediting Chris Fryar and Coy Bowles as members (along with Clay Cook, even though he wasn't on the album either).
  • Popularity Redo: "Chicken Fried" was originally released independently, and was re-recorded for Atlantic Records.
  • Production Posse: Recurring writers include Wyatt Durrette, Niko Moon (formerly known as Nic Cowan), and Ben Simonetti. The latter two joined Brown for his electronica side project Sir Rosevelt.
  • What Could Have Been: "Chicken Fried", twice over: what would have happened if the Lost Trailers had gone through with releasing their version? Alternatively, Alan Jackson revealed that he planned to record it shortly before ZBB's version became a single, but declined because he thought he had too many songs that mentioned food. What would have happened if he had done it?

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