September 20th - Zach Balch September 10 2014
As a storyteller, Zach Balch is an excellent communicator of the human experience, his guitar is an extension of the story, each note deliberate, yet spontaneous, so as to not tell the story the same way twice. Ever influenced by the intimate, personal nature of the hymns he learned as a child as well as the simplistic relatability of contemporary church music, his writing is meaningful and effective.
Having grown up in the West Texas plains in a town where nobody locks their doors, at first glance Zach looks like the guitar-playing boy next door, and in many ways he is. “I just like to sit down and have conversation over a cup of coffee,” he says. But his sharp wit, thought provoking words and driving ambition stretch much further.
After trading small town life for the bustle of the Dallas metroplex, Zach’s acoustic folk sound took a bluesy-pop turn, culminating in an alt-country sensibility that artists like Ryan Adams and Pete Yorn are known for. When onstage with the rest of the band, pianist Ryan Pool, drummer Aaron Hass, percussionist Nathan Ziehm, bassist Robert Willis and guitarists Adam Roye and Tyler Martin, Zach Balch and The Company take on an electrifying big-city dimension. The result is David Ramirez’s painfully personal prose meets John Mayer’s blues-meddled pop.