Sure, we could all do with a few less songs that lean on tropical escapism and feel-good Southern stereotypes. But the fact is, the Zac Brown Bandwhove had big hits with both of the aboveare a highly likable bunch. And the most likable thing about them is that they really and truly are a bandas in a group of players with chops, chemistry and a track record together, led by a bearded, fleet-fingered, flat-picking frontmanand not the Frankensteined creation of a record label. They drove that point home with their CMA performance, a blistering cover of The Devil Went Down To Georgia, during which almost every member of the band got a soloeven the drummer. Its been a good while since an act that could jam to please an Allman Brothers crowd had this much success in the mainstream-country world.
Sun., Dec. 27, 7 p.m.; Mon., Dec. 28, 7 p.m., 2009