“Jump Right In” by Zac Brown Band

Grade: B

Before Zac Brown Band hit the big time on country radio with “Chicken Fried,” they were a hard-touring outfit with a large following on the same jam-band circuit that adores Dave Matthews Band and Widespread Panic.

ZBB makes that connection crystal clear with “Jump Right In,” the third single from their album Uncaged, which sports the polyrhythmic drumming and sprightly fiddle playing familiar to Dave’s fans, along with some island imagery parroted from Jimmy Buffett.

It’s all about escaping, losing oneself in the idea of worry-free island life even when you can’t physically be there. Of course, we’ve heard Zac do this particular routine before, and with better results. In “Toes,” he found peace at home on the lake after a whirlwind vacation, and in “Knee Deep” (which actually featured Jimmy!), he chased away his breakup blues by creating a warm, sunny paradise in his head.

In fairness, “Jump Right In,” though a little rote, is pleasant enough, featuring the band’s perfect harmonies and exotic, loose-limbed rhythms. And since it’s being released right at the end of winter, the song will be at its hottest when summer arrives and everyone is slumming it at the lake, trying to escape the daily grind.

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