Pretty much every country music fan had yesterday circled on their calendar in anticipation of Zach Bryan’s self-titled album being released.
Based on the response so far, Zach Bryan fans are absolutely loving the 16-track project. It’s as honest, heartfelt, and original as we’ve seen from the country artist who seemingly reached superstar status overnight.
As we’ve seen as of late, country music fans are showcasing their power on the music charts, because all 16 of the songs from Zach Bryan are currently charting in the “Top 20” on Apple Music charts in the United States. Even the poem for “Fear and Friday’s” has snuck into the list of the most popular and most played songs.
Zach Bryan features a number of collaborations, with artists and bands like The War and Treaty, Sierra Ferrel and The Lumineers. The song charting the best of all of the tracks is “I Remember Everything,” which is a beautiful duet with fellow country music artist Kacey Musgraves.
There might not be a overarching story to the album’s tracks, but Bryan never intended it to be that way. He even put out a statement that corresponded with his album release that explained that there’s no explanation for the order or the songs themselves:
“On the album: I’ve got no grand explanation for these songs, I got no riddle in reasoning behind writing them, I don’t have a bullshit roll-out plan to stuff it in front of as many people as I can. I just wrote some poems and songs that I want to share because I think they’re special.
Some of them are heavy, some of them are hopeful, but more than anything what’s most important to me is that they’re all mine. If people listen to it, I’ll be grateful, if people don’t I’ll still be grateful because I got the chance in this life to be original when it mattered.
I’d like to say that I do not take any of this for granted. As some kid with a guitar from Okla, I am so grateful for each person that cares enough… All I pray is that someone out there relates enough to not feel alone. I wrote and produced an album that I would want to listen to.
I self titled it because I hear every cell of my being in it… I put everything I could in it and I am at a loss for words at what a blessing this life is.”