More than ten years ago, Zac Brown and his band took some time off the spotlight for some rejuvenation. The Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia became their place of interest. However, while indulging in the paradise-like town, the group decided to climb Mt. Warning. The majestic view from the mountaintop did not only offer the group a momentous experience. Also, it provided them with the best venue to write their next big hit. Embracing the freedom of all sorts while enjoying the splendid scenery inspired Zac and his band to write the song “Free.”
The Song “Free” and Its Inspiration
It was in 2006 when Zac Brown Band spent their getaway in New South Wales, Australia where they were enticed to climb Mt. Warning. Standing 3,793 feet above sea level, Mt. Warning is located near the border between New South Wales and Queensland. It’s the first place touched by the sun as it rises over Mainland Australia. The mountain is engulfed with serenity and grandeur. It’s indeed a perfect place for reflection and anything else. Sitting on top and being the only people on earth experiencing such a glorious display of nature at that moment, Zac Brown and his band can’t help but be inspired to write down a song. The resulting tune of that wonderful experience was their hit single, “Free.”
The Single and the Band’s Success
“Free” was released as the fifth and final single from Zac Brown Band’s first major studio album, The Foundation. Four months after its release in April 2010, the song reached the highest spot on the country music chart. The song then gave the band their fourth No. 1 single. It was also their fourth chart-topper from the said album. With it, Zac Brown Band became the first country act to have four No. 1 singles from a major debut album after almost twenty years. The American duo Brooks & Dunn held the said title for their album Brand New Man in 1991-1992. The other three chart-topper singles from Zac Brown Band’s album were “Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” and “Highway 20 Ride.”
The music video for “Free” features a live performance by the band with a special participation of Joey + Rory. Directed by Darren Doane, the video was released to CMT in May 2010. As a single, “Free” received favorable reviews from several music critics. One reviewer specifically commented on the acoustic arrangements accentuating Zac Brown’s voice.
Watch the music video for “Free” below.
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