Zac Brown Band and Blake Shelton Celebrate Their ‘Southern Roots and Country Pride’ with New Collaboration

Zac Brown Band is giving new life to their current single, “Out in the Middle” with a brand-new version of…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 22, 2022


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Zac Brown; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Blake Shelton; Photo by Terry Wyatt_Getty Images for Musicians On Call

Zac Brown Band is giving new life to their current single, “Out in the Middle” with a brand-new version of the song featuring fellow country superstar Blake Shelton. 

Out now, the foot-stomping anthem features vocals from ZBB frontman Zac Brown blended seamlessly with Shelton’s signature pipes. 

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The song is a celebration of rural life. 

“Out in the middle where the hard work meets hard living/ Out in the middle where we’re grown ’til we’re gone, God willing/ Just some good old boys and good old girls/ Hunting red dirt dreams in a concrete world/ Getting by on just a little, out in the middle,” they sing on the chorus. 

ZBB and Shelton’s version of “Out in the Middle” will be included on the upcoming deluxe version of Zac Brown Band’s The Comeback album, which will be released this fall. The project will feature several of ZBB’s friends and musical heroes. 

“‘The Comeback’ is the best album we’ve ever made, and to re-record a few tracks with some musical legends was such an honor. Blake Shelton is a country music powerhouse and sharing ‘Out in the Middle’ with him, a song that represents our southern roots and country pride, is absolutely unreal,” ZBB shared. “We’re so grateful to do what we do and we can’t wait to share the full album with our fans.”

Zac Brown Band; Photo by Alex Chapman
Zac Brown Band; Photo by Alex Chapman

“I’ve always been such a big fan of Zac as an artist and especially as a songwriter,” Shelton added. “This song in particular really resonated with me. It reminds me of how I was raised and where I come from – out in the middle!”

Upon its release, The Comeback earned the No.1 spot Current Country Albums Sales chart and was the Top New Country Album Release. The deluxe version of the album will be released this fall and will be available for pre-order beginning July 15. 

Zac Brown Band is currently in the midst of the Out in the MIddle Tour and tickets are available now HERE

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.