Zac Brown Band Clear ‘The Owl’ for Takeoff This Fall

High-minded concept album to feature a wide range of collaborations.

Written by Chris Parton
Zac Brown Band Clear ‘The Owl’ for Takeoff This Fall
Zac Brown Band; Photo credit: Diego Pernia

Southern rock group Zac Brown Band have announced the details behind their upcoming sixth album, The Owl, a high-minded concept album set to take flight September 20.

Inspired by the mythology of the great horned owl — “which can see perfectly at night, making it a reliable guide, even during dark times” — the project is said to be the band’s most personal release yet. Brown says his group will continue down a road of sonic exploration, collaborating with a wide range of collaborators like Skrillex, Andrew Watt, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Max Martin, Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder, among others.

“We’ve been working tirelessly on this album over the past couple years, ensuring every detail is perfect,” Brown explains. “We are always pushing ourselves as musicians by blurring genre boundaries and incorporating all kinds of music we are personally inspired by, elevating what we are capable as a group. This album will have something for everyone, The Owl is exciting, raw, and unexpected. We couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve accomplished on this record and can’t wait to finally share it with the fans.”

To that end, the band has also released the digital single “Leaving Love Behind,” a dramatic, confessional piano ballad dedicated to moving on. It follows the 2018 release of the indie-pop rocker, “Someone I Used to Know,” which will also be a part of The Owl’s track list.

The band’s last album release was 2017’s Welcome Home, which spawned the Gold-certified “My Old Man.” Zac Brown Band are currently on the road for The Owl Tour with support from Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real and Caroline Jones on select dates.