Zac Brown talks about his experience recording “Black Water” with the Doobie Brothers.
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Zac Brown: The Doobie Brothers are one of my all-time favorite bands. It is an honor to get to play along with them on one of their tracks.
Zac: We jumped at the chance to record with The Doobie Brothers. We fought for the opportunity to do the classic, which is “Black Water.” I have seen a lot of people, including myself; make a lot of tip money because of “Black Water,” so, this is a full circle moment!
Zac: It’s a privilege to get to play with them on this song. To collaborate and recreate this iconic song is just an amazing moment as an artist. As a new generation vocal band, it is an absolute honor to get to play with them. Their vocals are undeniable.
Zac: They mean a lot to me as a band. I grew up listening to all the great 70s bands. When you think about iconic bands… they are definitely one of them.
John Driskell Hopkins (guitar, bass, Uke, Vocals ZBB): The Doobie Brothers project is bad ass! That is exactly why I wanted to be a part of it.
John: Their harmonies are so outstanding. Best harmony group of all time. The neatest thing about “Black Water” is that cool round at the end. (sings a bit of it) Its creative and brilliant!
John: You can’t listen to The Doobie Brothers and not want to move. As a musician, the way they craft the groove is second to none. They have always been in my conscious. For a long time I have learned, studied and respected what their impact on music is. What an amazing legacy this band has given music! I have a general respect for them. I will never lose it.
Jimmy DeMartini (fiddle for ZBB): I think The Doobie Brothers should be remembered as one of the best American rock bands of all time. Their harmony, the vocals, their songwriting….just incredible musicianship.
Jimmy: Its cool for me because “Black Water” has such cool fiddle parts and that is me. It is swampy and cool…not quite country, so it is right up our ally. One of my favorite parts of the song is that the fiddle trades with the accoustic guitar. Everyone knows that part and can sing along!
Clay Cook (guitar, vocals, mando, organ, ZBB): I feel like we are distant soul mates with The Doobie Brothers. There are such great harmonies and great instrumentation in their music. There is little country and little rock ‘n roll. It is funky. It is what we are… just a few decades later.
Clay: I’m a big fan of all the different phases of the Doobie Brothers. They influence my music in how they layer. It is not necessarily a formula. It is just how the cake batter makes the cake….
Clay: The Doobie Brother’s influence on today’s country music is evident in a lot of the guitar parts that you hear on today’s country [recordings].