Zac Brown Closes Out Nashville Festival With Famous Friends

Dwight Yoakam, Sheryl Crow and others join Zac onstage.

Against a picturesque backdrop of the Music City skyline and the Cumberland River, the Zac Brown Band wrapped up the inaugural Nashville edition of its Southern Ground Music & Food Festival this weekend with an all-star lineup of special guests. Dwight Yoakam, Gregg Allman, Sheryl Crow and John Mayer all took the stage with Zac, playing their own hits with the help of the host’s versatile seven-piece band.

Dwight offered “Fast as You” and “Guitars, Cadillacs,” Sheryl Crow turned in “Every Day Is a Winding Road,” and  Gregg Allman stormed through the bluesy Allman Brothers classic “One Way Out,” while guitar wiz John Mayer offered inspired solos throughout the evening.

At one point, John, Gregg and a cowboy-hatted Sheryl were all onstage together, picking their way through the Allmans’ road anthem “Midnight Rider.”

Normally, it would be an only-in-Nashville moment, but Zac will be doing it all again—with a different roster of special guests, including Charlie Daniels and Grace Potter—Oct. 20-21 in Charleston, S.C.

He also announced plans prior to the show's encore to bring the festival back to Nashville next year.

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