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He knew we liked our chicken fried. He also knew we preferred our toes in the water and ass in the sand. “Whatever it is,” Zac Brown and his insanely talented band had it and we were drinking the Kool-Aid. But even after churning out hit after hit after incredibly heartfelt or toe-tapping fun hit, the music of Zac Brown Band is only one small reason why we love this band.

When it comes to having a commitment to those who serve in our nation’s military, Zac Brown Band’s is unwavering. They’re involvement with the USO began almost as soon as “Chicken Fried” became a smash, and it hasn’t diminished in the nearly 10 years that followed. To hear Zac himself speak about the United States service personnel is to witness incredible respect and awe. It will just about bring tears to your eyes.


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But it isn’t just our men and women in uniform that Zac Brown has a Texas-sized heart for. Very early in the band’s success, the award-winning singer-songwriter carved out a nugget of property in his Georgia home state and began building Camp Southern Ground—a facility established specifically to give young people of all backgrounds the summer camp experience.

Sure, we loved Zac Brown Band’s music first, and it is certainly one of the Top 5 reasons we can’t get enough of this amazing group of artists, but there are more, and Erin Holt counts them up in this Rare Country’s 5. Be sure to tell us what you love most about Zac and the boys in the comments.

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Check back in later this week when we count our biggest stories from in and around country music in Rare Country’s 5.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development in the past. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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