Watch Zac Brown Band honor those who protect us with this grand gesture Vannesa AMICO/YouTube screenshot
Vannesa AMICO/YouTube screenshot

Given the current state of affairs and the loathsome attacks on police, many artists are showering law enforcement with support.

But few of those artists are doing it the way Zac Brown Band did.

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At a concert earlier this year in New York, long before the high-profile shootings in Dallas or Baton Rouge where officers were killed by protesters, Zac Brown wanted the first responders to know how much he appreciated them. During what is still arguably their biggest hit in “Chicken Fried,” with a stage bathed in blue light, Zac arranged for two of New York’s finest to come out onstage front and center, and enjoy a raucous round of applause.

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“For all the police and all the firemen that dedicate their lives for our safety,” Zac said as he literally brought the music to a halt while the crowd cheered.

In the grand scheme of things, making something like this happen really doesn’t take a lot of effort, but that’s not the point. Hats off to ZBB for taking a such a public stand and not just putting out a press release or tweet saying how much they appreciate our policemen and women. Actions speak louder than words, and this — this was one loud action.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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