Zac Brown Band (Featuring Alan Jackson) - As She's Walking Away
By: Matt Bjorke
Well, they have the #1 song this week in CountryAircheck, the band’s fifth consecutive #1 on that chart and now the Zac Brown Band has sent out “As She’s Walking Away,” the debut single from You Get What You Give.
The instant thing to notice about “As She’s Walking Away” is the fantastic acoustic guitar lead from Zac Brown himself and the beautiful harmonies from The Zac Brown Band. Then the chorus kicks in and the fiddle takes a hold of the song before Zac gives way to special guest Alan Jackson for the second verse of this strong lyrical song. The Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson share a producer in Keith Stegall and Stegall’s production here is as big a highlight as the song lyrics and band performances are as it tightly showcases the song and unlike pop music, the production isn’t designed to be ‘the star.’
The melody is jovial while the lyrics tell a tale of a man who is afraid to take a chance on talking to a girl he would like to get to know saying “now I’m falling in love as she’s walking away and my heart won’t won’t tell my mind what my mouth should say. May have lost this battle to live to fight another day, Now I’m falling in love as she’s walking away.” This is a situation many guys (and girls) have been in and in the second verse Zac starts talking about a wise man who tells him to ‘you might fall down on your face, roll the dice and have some faith.’ Alan Jackson serves as that wise man and in this duet it’s easy to see why they chose Alan as his and Zac Brown’s voices blend extremely well and this might be the best I’ve heard Alan in quite a few years.
Everything about this song feels like a classic AM Gold and not a brand new song. While the Zac Brown Band may meld multiple genres into their sound, for my money they’re pure country. They’re able to be traditional and modern at the same time, something that probably explains the Zac Brown Band’s universal appeal. This song has future ‘event of the year’ awards ahead of it and it is immediately a contender for my favorite single of 2010.