The Early Reactions Are In: Zach Bryan's 'The Great American Bar Scene'

4 July 2024 | 4:04 pm | Mary Varvaris

"New Zach Bryan featuring Bruce Springsteen on the fourth of July, maybe America will be ok…"

'The Great American Bar Scene' album cover

'The Great American Bar Scene' album cover (Source: Supplied)

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It’s been approximately two hours since Zach Bryan released his highly anticipated fifth album, The Great American Bar Scene, and I doubt we’ll be over it anytime soon.

The country music crooner's latest LP, featuring 18 songs and a poem, contains his already-released singles Pink Skies (which shouldn’t have gone to pop radio) and Purple Gas.

While the latter song starred its original songwriter—Noeline Hofmann—as Bryan’s duet partner, it turns out that the Something In The Orange singer was just getting started when it comes to collaborators.

The Great American Bar Scene includes special guests John Mayer (on Better Days), John Moreland (Memphis; The Blues), and American hero, the one and only Bruce Springsteen (Sandpaper).

The revelation that Springsteen stars on Bryan’s new album shocked many, with fans on X (formerly known as Twitter) writing, “zach bryan & bruce springsteen have a song together holy shit,” “New Zach Bryan featuring Bruce Springsteen on the fourth of july maybe America will be ok…” and more.

On the album itself, fans have already described The Great American Bar Scene as Bryan’s best album yet, called it a 10/10, declared that it has no skips, and it’s the album of the year. You can check out the tracklist, as well as reactions to the album below.

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The Great American Bar Scene is now on streaming services. You can pre-order the album—arriving on vinyl on 10 October—via Warner Records.

Zach Bryan – The Great American Bar Scene Tracklist:

  1. Lucky Enough

  2. Mechanical Bull

  3. The Great American Bar Scene

  4. 28

  5. American Nights

  6. Oak Island

  7. Purple Gas

  8. Boons

  9. The Way Back

  10. Memphis; The Blues (ft. John Moreland)

  11. Like Ida

  12. Bass Boat

  13. Better Days (ft. John Mayer)

  14. Towers

  15. Sandpaper (ft. Bruce Springsteen)

  16. Northern Thunder

  17. Funny Man

  18. Pink Skies

  19. Bathwater