Members of the Zac Brown Band "are just common guys."
Before each concert, they do an "eat and greet" barbecue with fans. They like the same stuff regular people do. They're just average guys who have an above-average career in music.
"We love music. We love what we do. We're passionate," said percussionist Daniel de los Reyes. "That's what we convey in our music and our performances."
We spoke to Reyes by phone from his home in Atlanta.
Zac Brown Band, known for songs such as "Chicken Fried," "Colder Weather," "Highway 20 Ride," the island-flavored "Toes" and "Knee Deep," will perform Sunday at CenturyLink Center Omaha. It will be the first time the band has performed in Omaha since it played for thousands at the short-lived Red Sky Music Festival in 2011.
The band's latest album, "Uncaged," hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts upon its release. Last week it was awarded a Grammy for best country album.
Despite the Grammy, reviews from critics have been mixed, but the band loves what they've made.
"I love the album. I listen to it still. I just like it, not just because I'm playing, but because I'm hearing these great friends of mine play," Reyes said. "Sometimes you get these albums and bands and I feel something about it is just magical."
The album begins with the single "Goodbye In Her Eyes," a song about breaking up and saying goodbye. "The Wind" is more of a bluegrass-style song that gets fans going during shows, Reyes said.
"The new album has been so well received. It's a blessing," said Reyes, who formerly played with bands such as Chicago and The Eagles. "I just really enjoy how people are beginning to realize that we're not just a band that plays one style of music and that's it."
Zac Brown Band is known for crossing between country, Americana and island-style music.
Even though he's the band's newest member, Reyes had a lot of input on the band's latest album.
"The meal is already done. I just added some serious garnish to it and spices to it," he said. "When we get together to put input into a song, it's everybody. 'Let's try this, let's do this.' It's definitely a band — a team."
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