Country hit makers Zac Brown Band and rocker Dave Grohl are releasing a collaborative project, The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1, as an iTunes exclusive EP on December 10th via Brown’s own Southern Ground Artists label.
The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 features the first studio recording of “Day for the Dead” the song which the band performed with Grohl on this year’s CMA Awards and has since earned praise as a “knockout” (AJC), that “rocked” (Vulture) and that “showcases some instrumental adventurousness that flirts with the ominous” (OC Register). Other songs on the release include “The Muse,” a song written by The Wood Brothers who are also signed to Southern Ground Artists, “All Alright” and “Let It Rain.”
Grohl is producing the four song project “old school” style losing the computers for classic reel to reel tape at Brown’s own Southern Ground Studios in Nashville where they recorded the four tracks within a week, taking a short break to perform “Day for the Dead” on the CMAs on November 6th.
Brown stated, “Dave is a musical genius. It’s been amazing to play with him on stage and get to spend time working with him in the studio. We are excited for fans to hear the music we’ve been able to create together.”
In addition to the traditional Zac Brown Band lineup of Zac Brown, John Driskell Hopkins, Jimmy De Martini, Coy Bowles, Chris Fryar, Clay Cook and Daniel de los Reyes, the recordings also feature guest performances by Oteill Burbridge on bass and Grohl on drums.
Billboard reports that this is the first of two planned volumes with the second one coming early next year along with physical releases that include a vinyl edition and a documentary.