In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Zac Brown weighed in the effects of the pandemic on his 250-person operation, the jam-band style of live show they’re planning for this year, how they’ve learned to manage their health over the years, and even politics.
Right now, the country is as divided as it’s ever been in my lifetime, and while I’m still a few years from hitting 35, I can’t say I’ve seen anything like it. The tribalism, the animosity, it’s almost as if people would rather see their side “win” than the country as a whole succeed.
And while social media probably plays a big role, Zac Brown says the news media doesn’t help either.
In fact, he says they don’t even report the news anymore:
“When you look at people’s agendas and how they’re going to manipulate people into accomplishing their agenda, it’s very obvious and it’s hard to find the truth.
When you hear about something and instead of going, ‘Wow, that’s happening,’ the news is no longer a report about what’s happening. It’s about how can we get people to side with us or hate this person or do these things.
I think a lot of the stuff in the media is very divisive, and that’s not the America that I know.”
Ultimately, Zac calls buying into the divisive political rhetoric, whether levied by politicians, the news, or social media… poison:
“It’s like sipping on poison. You can pick a channel over here and you’re pissed off about one thing and your cortisol goes up, and you watch this one and you’re pissed off about this.
We’re tribal people, the same way we were two hundred thousand years ago. The technology is advanced so far and so much that we hear so many people’s opinions about things that we forget what’s right in front of us.
So you just sip on this poison and being stimulated by all these things that are around all the time. We weren’t really supposed to hear people’s voices that we can’t hear beyond earshot. That’s the way we were made and created.
It’s like the Wild West with everything that we’re in right now and what that’s doing to our — disconnected with nature, disconnected with the Earth, disconnected with things that are there. it’s amazing in a lot of ways, but you got to fight really hard not to just be addicted and sucked into the distraction.”
He ain’t lying…
And while it may sound cliché, we’re all “in the same boat.”
Zac Brown Band To Play Fenway Park
Zac Brown Band’s 2022 International “Out In The Middle Tour” is gearing up for a huge run of shows, including a show at some of America’s most iconic baseball stadiums.
Joined by Cody Johnson, Zac and company will be making appearances at Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox, on July 15th, and August 18th at Citi Field in New York City.