It’s no secret that Zach Bryan has gone from a good ol’ Okie, writing music and playing for his buddies in the NAVY, to a worldwide sensation in only a few short years.
It feels like yesterday when videos began surfacing on social media of him playing his OG hit “Condemned” on a guitar, and nobody knew who the guy was, and now it’s hard to find a fan of any genre that doesn’t know the name.
Needless to say, music has taken Bryan places he probably never dreamed of, and one of those places…
Just might be The Grammys.
The nominees are to be revealed on November 15th, after the 350+ page first ballot voting came to a close yesterday.
And according to Variety,the man is a frontrunner fin both the Country and Americana categories, as “Something in the Orange” is up for best country solo performance and best country song, and “Heavy Eyes” is up for best Americana performance.
American Heartbreak could see a Best Album nomination in Country Music, and it gets better.
“He’s seen as a mainstream country artist whose singer-songwriter leanings edge into Americana, and that’s reflected in the submissions. “Something in the Orange” is up for country solo performance and best country song, while “Heavy Eyes” was entered in best Americana performance.
As for the album itself, “American Heartbreak” landed in country. Needless to say, for anyone following his trajectory, outside of the genre categories he’ll be a leading candidate for best new artist.”
Anybody with eyes probably knew this was inevitable at some point, but when it comes to country music awards, you can never really count on the powers that be, including the industry voters, to get it right… the track record just isn’t that good.
That being said, Zach is just too big to ignore right now, and considering the guy has only toured once, and only has one major label studio album to his name with American Heartbreak, it’s still pretty damn wild.
And perhaps the best part? Zach probably couldn’t care less about winning a Grammy… stay humble, homie.
But if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard “Something in the Orange” and “Heavy Eyes,” do yourself a favor right now: