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GREAT AMERICAN BAR SCENE: Zach Bryan fans get first listen of new album

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Posted at 9:21 AM, Jun 21, 2024

DEWEY, Okla. — Zach Bryan's preview tour of his upcoming album 'The Great American Bar Scene' opened at Dobbies Bar in Dewey.

A few lucky fans got a first listen at new music from Oklahoma's rising star.

From noon to around midnight, Dobbies Bar played about half of Bryan's newest unreleased songs.

"I’m ready to listen to Zach Bryan all day, as soon as I heard the music playing, I was like this is where I need to be," said Maddie Dildine.

She and her sister Mason were among the intimate crowd in the Dobbies parking lot. From Owasso, the Dildines said there was no question they were going to spend the day listening to their favorite country artist.

"I’ve been a fan for years, and the fact that he’s from Oklahoma means a lot," said Mason Dildine. "It feels good to have the support, you know what I mean? I don’t know, it’s like hometown.”

While Zach didn't make an appearance, his dad, Dewayne, led the concert of sorts.

"So what my darling son has done, he’s sent some files all over the county to bar owners and managers and they are the only ones with this stuff on their phones," said Dewayne.

He explained his son drew inspiration for his new music from places like Dobbies.

"I found this picture hanging in the back room over there by the slot machines, and I was like 'That's mom and dad," said Dewayne. "That picture's been there since 1974… so I snapped a picture of it real quick, sent it to my kid and next thing you know, there’s a couple of songs coming out, and it’s the bottom right hand corner of that collage of pictures.”

A photo of Bryan's grandparents, hanging out at Dobbies a few decades ago, is featured on the cover of 'The Great American Bar Scene.'

While it was an intimate gathering at Dobbies, Shawnee fans Matthew Smith and Jordon Hale told 2 News it felt like how Bryan's shows in massive arenas do.

"It doesn’t feel like it’s in a stadium, it feels like you’re just in a backyard listening to him sing," said Hale.

To offer fans an early glimpse of his next album, the Oologah native announced a bar tour. Why? His upcoming album is called "The Great American Bar Scene."

He wrote on his Instagram:

My intent with all this is to give everyone and early glimpse of this album, but more importantly this is in the spirit of bringing people together for a memorable moment.

It's set to be released July 4th.

Bryan said he'd love to play all the 'timeless' bars on the list, but said he can't. He plans on visiting a few off the list to have a drink with fans.

Here's a look at the list:

  • Brillobox - Pittsburgh, PA
  • Egan & Sons - Montclair, NJ
  • Barnacle Bill's - Rumson, NJ
  • Blarney Stone Pub - Seattle, WA
  • Charlotte's Room - Toronto, ON
  • Dobbies Bar - Dewey, OK
  • Fox & Locke - Franklin, TN
  • Iron Horse Saloon - Oologah, OK
  • Larry's All American Cafe - Covington, KY
  • McGlinchey's - Philadelphia, PA
  • Mercury Lounge - Tulsa, Ok
  • Million Dollar Cowboy Bar - Jackson, WY
  • Old Mountain Tavern - Marlington, WV
  • Polish Village - Berea, OH
  • Rooster's Sports Bar & Grill - Owasso, OK
  • Sandy Hut - Portland, OR
  • Saratoga Lanes - St. Louis, MO
  • The Gold Mine Restaurant and Saloon - Idaho City, ID
  • The San Fernando - Glendale, CA
  • The Water Tank - Austin, TX
  • Shannon Tavern - Boston, MA

Bryan, raised in Oologah, first gained national attention with a YouTube channel of his music in 2017. His first national tour, "Ain't for Tamin' Tour" kicked off in fall 2021. His career continued to rise from then on.
He recently broke three records with 2 shows at the BOK Center in Tulsa in August 2023.

He's playing three shows at the BOK Center in December 2024.

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