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"We didn't rush anything. It felt good," says the Georgia native. "My songwriting partner, Wyatt Durrette -- the girl he is in love with and dating right now wasn't available when he first met her, but he knew there was something special there. So that was how it got started. Wyatt and I started working on the song for a while, and then Nic Cowan had written part of a song and played it for me and I was like, 'That's the bridge for 'Keep Me in Mind.' So there's three of us on that song. It just fit."
The accompanying video has also garnered a lot of attention, quickly becoming a fan -- and band -- favorite since its release last month. "It's important that people come see our show, because we are performers. We wanted people to see that," says Zac of the video, which was shot at a ZBB concert in Colorado. "We filmed last year at Red Rocks and got a helicopter and actually flew over and got some amazing footage and put all that beautiful stuff together. We had two days of time-lapse [photography]. The majesty of that place and the energy of our live show and the crowd is amazing. It's my favorite video we've made so far."
'Keep Me in Mind' is the band's seventh consecutive No. 1 Billboard single, with eight of their nine radio offerings reaching the top spot ('Whatever It Is' narrowly missed the pinnacle in 2009, finishing at No. 2). Previous chart-toppers from their 'You Get What You Give' album include 'Colder Weather,' 'Knee Deep' and 'As She's Walking Away,' the band's collaboration with Alan Jackson.
As the year comes to a close, the Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band remain focused on 2012, which will include the release of a new album. "We're working on songs and finishing up this next record," confesses Zac. "In our sets, we've been playing a song called 'Sweet Annie' that's going to be on the record. There will be some cool collaborations on this record, as well. We're excited about this album ... to get back out there and do it all over again.
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