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Zac Brown to perform at Daytona 500 concert

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Zac Brown hasn't put together the set list for his Daytona 500 kickoff concert next month, but he's got a pretty good idea of how it will go.

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``It would have to be up-tempo, rockin','' Brown said, ``... tryin' to get everybody pumped up for the race.''

It's a pedal to the metal kind of time for the group over the next month.

First up: the Grammy Awards, where the band is up for country album of the year on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles.

Brown said band members are excited about a return to the show, where they won best new artist in 2010.

``It's the awards show. It is the one,'' Brown said. ``The other ones, there's a lot of politics, in my opinion. This one is legitimately chosen by your peers as an artist. I think you're judged by your music at the Grammys.''

Then it's on to Florida for the Feb. 24 Daytona 500, NASCAR's season-opening race. The seven-piece band will play a miniconcert during the Budweiser Pre-Race Show, with two songs aired live.

Like the Grammys, it's a milestone moment for the band. And not just musically. Brown grew up in Georgia where the Daytona 500 is as big as the Super Bowl. Maybe bigger.

``It was always the big sporting event,'' Brown said. ``Anytime there was major championships or major races, they were usually on TV. They were usually a part of what was going on when we were all hanging out together.''

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