The Zac Brown Band are throwing a party! In 2011, the country-rock greats threw the inaugural Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Charleston, S.C., with a rapturous response so over-the-top they're doing it again this year, October 20-21 -- and adding a separate event in Nashville September 21-22 to boot.
Regardless of which weekend you attend, the fest hits the sweet spot of satisfying your soul (who among us doesn't get emotional listening to Dwight Yoakam?) and your body. Chef Rusty Hamlin and others will be on hand to create enough down-home deliciousness to keep you full through the winter, with sufficient culinary variety to satisfy everyone from your grandma to your teenage cousins to your crazy Uncle Rex. (Of course he'll be there; he's the one who turned you on to country music in the first place!) And if you can't make it, drop by in spirit with the playlist above, featuring artists from the Nashville weekend, including Z.B.B., Sheryl Crow, Alan Jackson, Blackberry Smoke, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and many more. Have fun.