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Zak Sloan

Zak Sloan

Zak Sloan

From side-man guitarist, to front-man, to producer, I am always moving. In production I love walking alongside an artist to take a song from idea to release. I bring a relaxed feel to my studio & have an ear for arranging a soundscape that pulls the listener in while being true to the song. As a co-writer I bring a touch of classical piano and put it inside my years of playing rock guitar in every club I could find. My music grooves but never loses its melody. My collaborative voice is true but never overpowering & my lyrics are keen and sincere. I have one goal & that is to make the song as good as it can be.

As a plugged in singer/storyteller I steal the vibe of Petty and combine it with modern pop sensibility to create jangly pop/rock that is modern but never stripped of its blues rock roots. My music sounds like Train, if they were fronted by the Boss.

My new album - Nowhere, New Mexico - is a nod to the small town upbringing that shaped me. Never one to hide my influences, the sound of the 70's falls all over the record. I bring a small town sensibility to my music that calls back to John Mellencamp and Creedence Clearwater Revival without sounding dated or narrow. These songs are about love, growing up in a small town, the desert of the south west, and the people that have shaped my life.

I began playing piano at age 10 (or so) and got my first guitar as a birthday present for my 15th birthday. At 15 I was more interested in sports and girls than the new instrument but that changed after seeing Jonny Lang on Leno or Letterman (or whatever late show he was on). The next day, near his 16th birthday I picked up the guitar and made a friend I’ve never lost. Like Brad Paisley says, once you learn to play the guitar, you’re never alone.

I started playing clubs at 17, and haven’t looked back. I studied music at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas before moving to Colorado in 2006.