Keep Me in Mind (Zac Brown Band song)

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"Keep Me in Mind"
Single by Zac Brown Band
from the album You Get What You Give
Released August 22, 2011 (2011-08-22)
Format Music download
Genre Country, jam band[1]
Length 3:34
Label Atlantic
Bigger Picture Music Group
Southern Ground
Writer(s) Zac Brown
Wyatt Durrette
Nic Cowan
Producer(s) Keith Stegall
Zac Brown Band singles chronology
"Knee Deep"
(2011)
"Keep Me in Mind"
(2011)
"No Hurry"
(2012)

"Keep Me in Mind" is a song recorded by American country music group Zac Brown Band. It was released in August 2011 as the fourth single from the Zac Brown Band's second major-label album, 2010's You Get What You Give.

Content[edit]

The main riff, which is repeated throughout the entire first verse.

In the song, the narrator asks that another woman "keep [him] in mind" should she be unsatisfied with her lover. The song is in the key of F-sharp major, with the guitars in E-flat tuning. During the entire first verse, a two-measure guitar riff is repeated. The chorus follows the pattern B-F-B-F-Dm-B-C-F before the tempo slows on the bridge. During this part of the song, piano and a string section are heard, following the pattern Dm-F-Dm-B-F twice before returning to the original tempo and repeating the chorus.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song four and a half stars out of five, calling it "fun" and "funky" while adding that the only negative thing that can be said is that it's "more jam band than straight-up country music."[1] Marc Erickson of Roughstock also described the song "jam-band like" and "great sounding," giving it four stars out of five.[3] Dan Milliken of Country Universe gave the song a B- grade, saying that the song "offers some cool musical changes to pad out its slight theme [but] the band moves through everything so smoothly that that padding also starts to seem slight." He goes on to say that "even when they transition into a Luther Vandross-R&B groove – audacious on paper – they do it with so little drama that you hardly notice it."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Fenton Williams, premiered on CMT during their Big New Music Weekend on October 14, 2011.[5] It was filmed during a live performance at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado. It shows the group on their tour bus, in concert, and shots of the red rocks. It also uses a live version of the song.

Chart performance[edit]

"Keep Me in Mind" debuted at number 59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of September 3, 2011.[6]

Chart (2011-2012) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 35
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[9] 64

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 72
Chart (2012) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 38
Preceded by
"We Owned the Night"
by Lady Antebellum
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

December 24, 2011–January 14, 2012
Succeeded by
"Let It Rain"
by David Nail featuring Sarah Buxton

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dukes, Billy (August 31, 2011). "Zac Brown Band, ‘Keep Me in Mind’ – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ ""Keep Me in Mind" sheet music". MusicNotes.com. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Erickson, Marc (October 3, 2011). "Single Review: Zac Brown Band - "Keep Me In Mind"". Roughstock. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ Milliken, Dan (November 30, 2011). "Single Review: Zac Brown Band, "Keep Me in Mind"". Country Universe. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ "CMT Big New Music Weekend Begins Friday". Country Music Television. October 11, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ Morris, Edward (August 27, 2011). "Luke Bryan Holds Album Summit for Second Week". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Zac Brown Band Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Zac Brown Band.
  8. ^ "Zac Brown Band Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Zac Brown Band.
  9. ^ "Zac Brown Band Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Zac Brown Band.
  10. ^ "Best of 2011: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Best of 2012: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012.