I played a songwriter round at the Commodore here in Nashville the other night and my guitar was acting funny (i.e. sounding terrible) during my first song. Like it does when the batteries are dying. After managing to sing "Heart Of A Woman" with some sort of wonky overdriven acoustic accompaniment, a guy comes up to the stage with a 9-volt in his hand he had pulled out of his own acoustic. And after I tell him my guitar is odd and uses double-A's, he leaves for a short while and returns with a lone AA his wife found in the bottom of her purse. "No guarantees," he whispered with a grin. I'm pretty sure it was an off-brand kind with that Japanese lettering on it, like the kind they put in new TV remotes. It was old and good for nothing, most likely, and my Taylor needs two good AAs in order to function anyway. But that's not the point.
Next two songs the guitar somehow fixed itself and I didn't need new batteries after all. "Don't Bail On Me" and "Better Than It Was" went off without a hitch.
How awesome is that? My guitar sounded good, yeah. I sold a couple albums and made thirteen dollars and some change. Some people wanna write and I may have landed some vocal work. But this man's kindness made my night, the crowd got a laugh out of the story, and this charitable couple felt their kindness acknowledged.
Moral of the story: Sometimes a thing that seems negative can turn into a positive experience for everyone in the room. (See what I did there?)
The official Waiting album is now available in physical format as well as digital worldwide. Follow the links below to purchase via iTunes or stream on Spotify.
Also be sure to check out Waiting's digital booklet, available for viewing by clicking the album artwork in the "Music" section of the site.
Thank you for listening to my story. z
Announcing Nov 4 performance at Martyr's, Chicago in celebration of the official release of the Waiting album -- Featuring art by the wonderfully talented Stephanie Barenz. Tickets on sale now!
Stick around later this month for more details as the date comes closer.
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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