MANY YEARS AGO ZACK BEGAN TO PLAY DRUMS, HARMONICA AND VOCALS AT THE SAME TIME
NOT REALIZING THAT SOME DAY THE LORD WOULD HAVE A PLAN TO USE IT, THIS CD
FEATURES THAT GIFT LIVE AND UNCUT. WE USED OLD INSTRUMENTS AND CUT IT LIVE IN THE STUDIO AND OFF THE CUFF. WHAT YOU HEAR IS STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART,
In popular music mythology, there is perhaps no better known legend than the one in which pioneering bluesman Robert Johnson goes down to the crossroads, presumably to make a deal with the devil: however, you'll get a slightly different twist on that notion from singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Zack Reynolds who in a live setting plays harmonica, drums and sings in the rootsy American style known as "The Blues".
Reynolds, who hails from the San Francisco Bay region, took an early cue from his professional drummer dad, and began picking up the sticks at the age of four. Harmonica and vocals would follow years later. Zack decided early that he did not want the life style that was so commonly associated with the music world but by the time he moved to Nashville in the late 1980's, he was pursuing a self-described "selfish and empty" lifestyle. "When I came to Nashville I was serious enough about music that I wanted to make a living out of it, I wanted to be a star".
"I went through talent contest and the country thing, "he says," and decided that my heart wasn't into it. I was blues, and that's what I felt". With a blueprint firmly in hand, Zack assembled an ever changing trio - Zack Zappin' and the Situation - and methodically made his way into Nashville's modest but well supported blues scene. A fellow blue's player with a foot in the door of Alligator Records got the label's attention with word of Zack's unique tri-fold chops. Work soon began on a demo which was to be presented to Alligator execs for earnest consideration.
"We were getting the tape together, and I was still playing the clubs," Zack explains, "and all along the Lord was tugging at my heart. As I was starting to find out about God, I started seeing that my life was the blues song that I had been singing, I was trying to fill my empty soul with something. I began crying out to the Lord. I said "Lord, if this is not your will, close the door." Soon after, Zack affirms that God did indeed close the door. "The whole thing fizzled out and I knew it was God," says Zack.
However, before leaving the blues behind, Zack was inspired to write about his change of heart in the style that he knew best. Several of these songs would resurface years later on Zack's self-released "Glory Bound" project. A nearly three year period followed which found Zack drumming in church, being discipled, getting heavily into the word and in 1993, being called to preach - specifically in prisons. He began to be convinced that the street-level sound and redemptive emotional power of the blues made it an ideal vehicle for getting the Gospel into the prisons and onto the streets. Zack still believes that the message of secular blues is incompatible with the Christian life, and realizes that "people from all kinds of musical backgrounds are coming to the Lord, and lifting Him up the way they know how". Just as importantly, blues is a format in which Zack can communicate at an honest, gut level. "It's the music that's in me that is a tool to break down barriers and get the people to receive us so that we can talk about the Lord".
In prisons across Tennessee, the Blue Glory Band's appearances - and altar calls - are well attended. Recent performances in Nashville area churches and homeless shelters indicate that the trio's foot-clapping brand of Christian blues appeals to folks of many varied ages and backgrounds. In fact, the band's sound is sufficiently compatible with traditional gospel that the producers of Music City Gospel Show will be including videos of the Blue Glory Band in their show. The positive response to his music, the promise of wider exposure and recent endorsements from Slingerland Drums and Lee Oskar Harmonicas are all encouraging Zack that he's in line with God's will. However, he is quick to point to his priorities. "The Blue Glory Band's heart is in the jails and prisons. We believe that god wants to use the music that we do to provide the means we need to be able to go into the prisons to help set the captives free".
Bringing you up to date about what is going on now. Zack is a veteran Platform Guest with the Bill Glass Weekend Of Champions. Bringing his music into Prisons all across the country. Zack plays in area Coffee Houses Churches and many other types of venues.
Zack and his wife Daira also Pastor Mighty Tree Ministries in Springfield TN.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Good News Blues Medley
2. Since My Jesus Moved In
3. Down And Out
4. When We Judge
5. Time Keeps On Slippin By
6. Weary Mind
7. Never The Same
8. I've Never Been To Seminary
9. Help Me
10. Praise Him
11. Let Love Take Away Your pain