FWCD Loves Zach Bryan


Caroline Carmichael ’24 showing the album. Which she loves. Photo taken by Megan Magruder ’23.

Megan Magruder, Business/Advertising Editor

Living in Texas means that you either love country music or hate it. There is no in-between. One of today’s biggest country music stars, Zach Bryan, gave us a very special Christmas present with the surprise release of a live album named “All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster.” This album was recorded at his November 3, 2022 concert at the Red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. The title of this album is an ode to Taylor Swift and her recent controversy with Ticketmaster. 

Bryan has been one of today’s most famous country music singers since the YouTube release of his song, “Heading South,” where one of his friends recorded him singing outside of his barrack and posted it online. Since then, Bryan has released hit after hit, including “Something in The Orange,” “God Speed,” and “Oklahoma Smokeshow.”. Bryan has released a steady flow of albums since 2019. Before becoming a famous musician, Bryan was a member of the United States Navy until 2021. Since his discharge from the Navy, Bryan has been touring with his band all over the country. 

“I saw Zach Bryan live twice before his newest album came out, so I was extremely excited to listen,” Caroline Homan ‘23 said. “It absolutely exceeded all of my expectations, and I thought it was so good. It covered a wide range of emotions and his voice sounds amazing.”

His “All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster” album makes the listener feel as if they are sitting at the famed Red Rocks listening to Bryan sing his heart out. The album begins with a cover of “Country Roads” by John Denver.  This iconic song is globally known as a classic in country music. Bryan then goes on to sing his hit songs “God Speed,” which, in my opinion, is his most powerful song, and “Highway Boys,” which is much better live than on the album.

“I loved hearing the live version of all of my favorite songs of his. Hearing the album makes me really want to see him in concert,” Kennedy Packer ‘23 said. 

On this album, Bryan plays a mix of his hit songs and his lesser-known songs. Some of his lesser-known songs include “Billy Stay” and “Snow,” and his more popular songs include “Burn, Burn, Burn,” “Heavy Eyes” “Oklahoma Smokeshow,” and “Condemned.”  This album highlights his amazing vocals and the way he captivates a crowd with his angelic voice. Throughout the album, Bryan is constantly talking to the crowd and giving praise to everyone who attended his Red Rocks concert. 

“Zach Bryan has reinforced his love for his fans in his new album ‘All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster’. He has proven time and time again to be a man of the people and his recent actions have made him live up to that expectation once again,” Ethan Jordan ‘23 said. 

Zach Bryan is one of the best country music artists ever. Very few artists can do a live album and be successful, but Bryan has defied the odds. This album is a solid 10/10.