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Zach Bryan released his follow-up to his very successful major label debut album, American Heartbreak, which he dropped in 2021. That album peaked at number five on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, and hit number one on on the Folk, Country, and Rock album charts.
American Heartbreak included the single “Something In The Orange,” which hit number one on the Hot Country chart as well as the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs charts. It was so well received that it was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards.
In 2017, Zach started uploading his music on YouTube and two years later, went completely viral thanks to his song “Heading South.” To date, it has over 22 million views.
In 2019 and 2020 he self-released the albums DeAnn and Elisabeth, both peaking at number six on the Billboard‘s Folk chart. Elisabeth peaked at number 18 on the Country Albums chart and led to him making his Grand Ole Opry debut in April 2021. Following being honorably discharged from the Navy to pursue a music career, he signed his first record deal with Warner Records. The rest is history!
On August 9, Zach shared the album cover of his self-titled album on social media, and the caption simply stated the release date, “August 25th.”
On August 18, he revealed the track listing, which included 16 songs and wrote, “Really proud to call the writing and production on somethin’ all mine, thank y’all for your patience, I didn’t make this album to appease people who will never be happy anyways, I made it for my people, hope everyone has a good weekend.”
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On August 25th, along with the release of his self-titled album, Zach posted a lengthy statement for his fans to read. In part, he said, “I’ve got no grand explanation for these songs, I got no riddle in reasoning behind writing them. I don’t have a bullsh*t roll-out plan to stuff it in front of as many people as I can.”
“I just wrote some poems and songs that I want to share because I think they’re special. Some of them are heavy, some of them are hopeful, but more than anything what’s most important to me is that they’re all mine. If people listen to it, I’ll be grateful, if people don’t, I’ll still be grateful because I got the chance in this life to be original when it mattered.”