May 13, 2009 — The Zac Brown Band has the second hit of its career in circulation as the group uses a sort of Elton John-Bernie Taupin approach in building some of its material.
Zac co-wrote both "Chicken Fried" and the current single, "Whatever It Is," with Wyatt Durrette who — like Bernie Taupin — doesn't perform with the artist he works with regularly. Wyatt does, however, join the band on tour often, and as a result, he helps to augment the group — even though he doesn't play an instrument — by writing often with Zac.
"We have exactly the same taste in music and what we like," Zac says. "So when we create somethin', there's contrasting things about our lifestyle too that end up comin' into it. A lot of the things that we may end up writin' about is through his certain set of life experience and mine as well. But it just complements each other. We9ve known since the fist time, there are very weird little synergy things that start happening — like we'll start singin' something at the same time, the same place, same words, same thing, just out of the blue. The song isn't playin' anywhere, just break out into it at the same time, look at each other like 'Where did that come from?' So we're brothers and we're supposed to be doin' this. We know that. We don't' try to question that or talk about it, we just keep it goin'."
Though he won't perform, Wyatt's likely to be on hand with the band when it plays Nashville's LP Field June 12 during the annual CMA Music Festival. Also on the bill that night: Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Jake Owen and Luke Bryan.