Zach Tate Band
Some say country, others say rock ‘n’ roll, they say they rock the folk out of country.
By Britney Godfrey
The Daily News
Zach Tate Band released its third album “Hurricane” in October 2009 and although it came only one year after Hurricane Ike devastated much of the Gulf Coast, you won’t find any songs about the weather.
The album perfectly combines the singersongwriter feel with southern rock sound which makes for great listening.
“It’s all original music,” said front man Zach Tate. “Relative to even the last record, ‘Southern Rain’, which was more laid back with some slower ballads, Hurricane is more aggressive and has more hard driving rock ‘n’ roll.”
Although the rocker is a native Canadian his passion and love for music, especially southern rock, began at a very early age. For his first birthday, Tate’s parents gave him The Band’s “Brown Album” and at 14 he received his first guitar.
“My dad, when I was a kid, he used to listen to Marshall Tucker, and he always called it southern rock, so I always grew up saying I love southern rock.”
Tate’s passion for music drove him to California and then on to Texas, where Tate feels at home.
“I came from Los Angeles and playing on Sunset Boulevard,” said Tate. “This area of Houston is really rich in music and there is a lot of talent here. There is a lot of appreciation for live music. I would take Texas over L.A. any day.”
The current members of Zach Tate Band have been playing together for about two years. Tate met lead guitarist Stuart Kinzel and drummer Austin Baker while playing open jams. Bass player Charlie Glen, who is jokingly referred to as bassist No. 12, joined the group when his friend and former Zach Tate Band bass player left the group.
Zach Tate Band is known for putting on a great show with high energy and enthusiasm.
“The nice thing is that everyone in this band genuinely loves music,” said Tate. “We have fun at all of our shows. When I see a live band, I want to be inspired by the performance. So if we can bring anything to anybody, it would be for them to be inspired by our performance. When I mentioned all of us loving music and being passionate about it, I think that’s one of the things we bring. We are passionate about it, and I hope that people see that passion. There is nothing worse than seeing people perform that aren’t into it,” Tate said.
The band’s upcoming performances include shows at Galveston’s Captain Jack’s, Kemah’s Heads-n-Tails, Fishbonz in Bacliff and the main stage of the Texas Lone Star Rally.
“We’re very excited to play Lone Star,” Tate said. “Galveston and the Lone Star Rally embody the spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll, so if we can be part of that... we’re in!”
Visit the Zach Tate Band website at www.zachtate.com for show times and locations, to watch music videos and to find out more information.
Photos by Sonja Faughn