HBO's "Sonic Highways," created by Dave Grohl and featuring his Foo Fighters, is three weeks into its eight week run. If you haven't heard about this, let me sum it up:
Band travels to eight music cities, spends time soaking in the roots and culture with legendary and not-so legendary artists, gets inspired, writes, records and performs a new song.
Brilliant idea! And it is working.
At no time during the first three hours did "Sonic Highways" ever feel forced. Whether or not you're a fan of Grohl and his band, there will be something for you here. Chicago, D.C. and Nashville have been covered so far and Grohl's love and respect for music is front and center. Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick, Chuck Brown and his D.C. go-go scene sitting side by side with the Bad Brains' Dr. Know and his hardcore scene, Emmylou and Dolly and Willie, all of these people offer insight about their respective cities as well as turining up spiritually in the Foos finished product.
I had no real love for the Zac Brown Band's music before the Nashville episode and quite frankly, I still don't. But I did enjoy every minute he was on the screen and I believe that has everything to do with Dave Grohl.