Ladies and gentlemen, the American Dream music video is now live! Please feel free to watch it with your friends... and maybe your family over Thanksgiving dinner. *thumbs up*
I'd been working on this idea since June and it's a wonderful feeling to finally be able to share it. Big thanks to Bryan & crew, the East Troy Electric Railroad, musicians, and all of our actors and extras for bringing my vision to life.
ALSO! I received word yesterday that I am a top-5 finalist for the RadioMilwaukee "Solo Artist of the Year" award. This is good news! THANK YOU for voting! Winners in all categories will be announced at the Awards Party next Thursday, December 5th.
Greetings from my new HQ here in Nashville, TN! Nothing too crazy to report yet, but life has been good. Hopefully you were able to catch some of the recent social media bits, as that's a great way to keep up on the latest.
Last Friday my good friend (Bud) and I first rolled into Nashville right around 5 o'clock and unpacked my stuffed-to-the-gills Honda Civic coupe at my new place of residence on the south side of town. It's a great location; within 10-15 minutes of downtown and just about anywhere around the city I could want to go. I wound up meeting songwriter, Joel Shewmake (whose credits include Craig Campbell's 2010 hit, Family Man) when he was in Wisconsin just a couple weeks before I planned to move. We got to talking and, long story short, I'm here now renting a room in his house. As so much of this journey has gone, these details fell into place at just the right time. Last weekend was spent setting up my room, buying a mattress and groceries, and hanging out with Joel and his girlfriend. I took Bud to the airport early Sunday morning, thus marking the end of a long week of parting ways and letting go of what's been "home" for the last 26 years. It was one of the most difficult weeks of my life in more ways than one.
Monday night I stood in line at the Bluebird Cafe to play the open mic. Three solid lines of people crowded the small parking lot til names were taken at 5:30 and the doors were opened at 6:00. Out of the 34 entries I was picked #11. Not a bad spot. It felt great to play such a renowned room, and a video of my performance can be found on my Facebook music page.
Tuesday night I hit the Douglas Corner Cafe open mic and, contrary to the night before, I did NOT have such good fortune in what spot I played. Turns out at Douglas Corner, the order in which you perform is the order in which you left a voicemail on the house phone earlier in the day. I called around 1:45 that afternoon to sign up... and was #44. By the time I got on stage in was nearly 1am Wednesday morning. Ouch! Oh well. If I do it again, I'll know better next time. When they say call after 1pm, you best call AT 1pm.
Wednesday night Joel played a couple songs at the Commodore Grille as part of an annual birthday party for Nashville songwriter legend, Jerry Foster. I stopped out to hear Joel with the idea of sticking around for the Commodore's Wednesday night open mic. I quickly found that it was cancelled due to the party, but it was a good night nonetheless.
Thursday night (last night) I went out to Cafe Coco with my almost-roomate, Bentley (long story!) to play their singer/songwriter night. A smaller deal for sure but of the three open mics I played this week, it was the best one. Really solid talent through and through (and hey I was #9!).
Open mics aren't something you want to get stuck playing in Nashville, but for my first week it felt great getting my feet wet in town, seeing some new venues, and meeting plenty of new faces. Speaking of "new faces," I'm getting excited to play the New Faces Nite at The Basement this coming Tuesday. Kinda marks my first "real" performance here in Music City.
Tonight I'm cooking dinner over here, so I should probably get to that.
Just a last minute reminder that advance tickets are recommended for tomorrow's show at Shank Hall. They can be found at the link below. Really hoping to see a lot of familiar faces! -z
Well we're a few days into October already, thus marking the beginning of the most ambitious month of my music career to date. Come next month, things will only get more crazy as I plan to move to Nashville, TN in mid November. It's official. I quit my day job last week. I told my landlord. Mom and Dad know. It's still difficult for me to imagine moving away from where I grew up and where my family and friends are. I don't think it will ever be easy. But I owe it to myself to set up shop in a music market more conducive to the music I want to play: My songs. My story. And so it's time to go.
You may have seen I have a "New Faces Nite" performance booked at The Basement on November 26 in Nashville. For my first month there I plan on this and simply trying to get a foot in the door at venues around town. Open mics and writers' nights. It will be an exciting adventure to get into town and hit the ground running.
Before that, though, will be a show at Shank Hall in Milwaukee on Friday, November 8th. Shank is always a highlight, and I'm happy to be on a bill with Milwaukee favorites Chasin' Mason and Chicken Wire Empire. Consider this my send-off and come out for a great night of music.
Now back to October. There's a lot happening before I leave, including a music video shoot and the recording of a new EP:
*I found super talented Milwaukee-based film maker, Bryan Pechacek (peck-a-check) early this past summer to shoot a music video for my song, American Dream, and we've been making plans ever since. I've been talking about needing extras and actors for this video, and it's true. We'll be shooting on Monday, October 21 in East Troy, WI and we need some more people! (See top banner for contact info.) I've made videos before, but none quite like this. It's going to be a blast, and I can't wait to see what Bryan's gonna do with the visuals.
*I've been particularly inspired on the songwriting front these days as well. I have 5 new songs that I don't see fitting on a future full-length album, and I don't really want to wait either. So, work in the studio starts this Saturday in Milwaukee with my good friend and recording engineer, BJ Palmquist. I didn't anticipate going back into the studio this soon, but these songs are special and I've been working day and night on them-- Preliminary full mock-ups on the computer at home, practicing drums so I can play them myself in the studio, composing 4-part string arrangements, rewriting parts, the list goes on. It's a bit of a "hear me roar" moment for me, and i think all the work I've been doing will come through on the record.
All Of Me EP and the American Dream music video will be released by Winter.
How have you been? I hope this beautiful Autumn season is finding you well. If you're reading this, thank you. Please keep in touch over the next few months as my world gets a little more interesting.
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With the Autumn of 2006 came the meeting of Zach Steinbach and drummer Frank Babeck. The two began arranging and recording a few songs Zach had written, and quickly the dream of forming a band was born. Lead guitarist Dave Streese and bassist Dana Nielsen rounded out the positions, and rock/pop band The Color Truth was made official one year later. The quartet would go on to record and release two EPs and perform at many fine clubs and venues including Milwaukee's own Summerfest, Shank Hall, and Historic Turner Hall Ballroom. The Color Truth performed for the final time in August of 2010.
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