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Tim Zach is that guy who used to sip beers at your local bar on open mic night. Ball cap pulled down over his eyes. Killing the crowd with that smooth baritone voice. The guy who entered contests for the hell of it – and always won.
“I never had any ambition to become a musician when I was in high school,” admits The Whiskey Bent Band front man. “Playing in a band didn’t enter my mind. I just sang for fun. At that point in my life I was pretty focused on sports.”
Zach was exposed to country music at a young age. His dad, Frank, was a big Alabama fan and the two would drive on Highway 13 near Zach’s hometown of Glidden, Wisconsin, singing along to “The Closer You Get.”
“That’s still one of my fondest memories,” Zach says.
Zach didn’t get serious about performing until 20 years later. Even then, his career as a musician happened almost by accident.
Some friends convinced him to enter the “Colgate Country Showdown” singing competition in 2009. A demo tape landed him a live performance, which led to being named the “Best New Country Act in Nebraska”.
Zach’s run in the contest ended at regional competition in Albuquerque, N.M. “But it’s where my career as an entertainer would begin.”
The Whiskey Bent Band formed in 2009, but success didn’t come quickly. In fact, the band actually paid a small Nebraska bar $175 to rent the place and play its first gig.
“We called all of our friends, invited them to Third Base Bar in St. Libory and played a 45-minute set for them – because we didn’t know any more songs than that,” recalls Zach, who moved to Nebraska in 2003 and now lives in Loup City.
‘COUNTRY WITH CRUNCH’
Known for its high-energy shows, tight instrumentals and Zach’s strong vocals, Whiskey Bent is a five-man country rock band based in central Nebraska.
In addition to Zach, Whiskey Bent is made up of Jeff Westwood (guitar), Jeff Wilson (drums), Joe Parr (guitar, mandolin, harmonica) and John Victory (bass). Westwood and Wilson have been with the band since it formed in 2009.
Kevin Galvan is Whiskey Bent’s tour manager, sound tech and merchandise manager.
Whiskey Bent writes and performs its own music and covers a variety of top artists that include Eric Church, Toby Keith, Jake Owen, Gary Allan and Johnny Cash.
“Garth Brooks meets Metallica. We’re country with crunch,” explains Zach. “We like to push the limits with songs and bring a rock attitude to every song we play.”
In 2010, Whiskey Bent played at Nebraska’s popular Comstock Windmill Festival alongside national acts Clay Walker, Rodney Atkins, Trent Tomlinson and Emerson Drive. That appearance launched a relationship in 2011 with Kearney-based radio station Nebraska’s Hot Country Y102 and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which led to the first of many benefit concerts to raise money to fight childhood cancer.
Whiskey Bent solidified itself in the Midwest music scene in 2012. The band opened for legend Collin Raye while also playing shows with national acts such as Justin Moore, Ronnie Milsap and the Casey Donahew Band.
FIRST ALBUM RELEASED
Zach and his band mates also began writing and performing their own songs in 2012, beginning with the debut single “On The River,” which quickly became a top request on local country radio. Whiskey Bent followed that single with “Every Bar’s Got One” and released four songs on its first EP.
In 2013, with its EP gaining momentum and increased airplay, Whiskey Bent expanded its fan base by booking shows beyond it’s Nebraska roots, playing in surrounding states such as Iowa, South Dakota and others. The band also increased its national presence, opening and playing alongside The Lost Trailers, Jerrod Niemann and Jake Owen.
Whiskey Bent is currently in its busiest year of touring, playing more than 80 live shows in 2014. In addition to being one of the most sought-after club bands in the Midwest, Whiskey Bent is a regular on the summer county fair and country music festival circuit, including the popular Kicker Country Stampede in Manhattan, Kans.
Riding the success of its first EP, the band also released its first full-length album in July 2014, which includes eight original songs. In May, Zach spent time at Station West studio in Nashville where he co-wrote and recorded “Like Him” – a song about his grandfather – as part of a solo project released in November 2015.
- Born and raised in Scottsdale, AZ.
- Started entertainment career as a child actor, starring in over 30 national commercials for companies like Toys R Us, Captain Crunch cereal, Slip & Slide, Chevrolet and more.
- Luge has opened for superstar artists including Merle Haggard, Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Chris Ledoux, Neal McCoy, Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry and many more.
- Currently performing over 150 shows a year across Arizona, Texas, Tennessee and New Mexico.
- Hosts a live broadcast on facebook every Wednesday night where he performs his original music and take requests from fans.
- Music available on iTunes, Pandora, Spotify
Born and raised in San Diego, but with roots deep in the heart of Louisiana, Rob's music brings together a pop/country vibe with a soulful edge that is a refreshing new sound in today's music scene. His music is a sunset on a SoCal beach mixed with a home cooked meal on mama's front porch.
With humble beginnings of playing open mic nights and coffeeshop venues, Rob's engaging performances and heartfelt lyrics landed him in the studio and on stage with music giants such as Brian McKnight and Kenny Chesney. Having gathered inspiration from Keith Urban, John Mayer, and Need To Breathe, Rob has a unique style and persona that is captivating while remaining accessible and relatable to his audience. Whether he is performing in an amphitheater or a stripped down acoustic venue, Rob knows how to keep an audience of all ages engaged with song and story.
Caroline Dare is a 15 year old NC/Nashville, TN based singer/songwriter. She has been recognized by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) as ""One to Watch"" for being a songwriter on the rise. In April 2015 and June 2016, she was featured as the Taylor Guitars ""Player and Video of the Week"".
She performs both acoustically and with her full band primarily in NC, SC, and Nashville and has played notable venues such as Downtown Disney (Orlando, Fl), The Bluebird Cafe & The Commodore Grille (Nashville, TN), Eddie's Attic (Atlanta, GA), MerleFest (Wilkesboro, NC), The Evening Muse, Whisky River, The Coca Cola 600 Speed Street Festival (Charlotte, NC) and Johnny & June's (Winston-Salem, NC)
Caroline is involved with many charitable events including Tunes for Tots, March of Dimes, and her local Children's Hospital and Humane Society.
Jerica Paliga recently was the winner of a iheart Radio singing competition.She took the win over a 1000 artist entry. The contest judging was based on listeners voting for her song Crazy For You and a 2 round live showcase at the Old Crow both locations. The winning artist received the opportunity to play at Country Thunder Music Festival opening for Super Star Eric Church. This event is one of the largest Country Music Festival in America.
The producers of Country Thunder also invited her to play the industry after party and she was well received.
Jerica has been featured in The Times, Tribune, NWI Entertainer Magazine, and Panorama Magazine. She has performed live on numerous radio shows,She has been the on air topic of conversation by iheart Big Country Radio 95.5 celebrity DJ Alabama.
Here is even more information about Jerica.
Jerica Paliga, 21
Jerica learned how to play guitar at the age of 15. She was taught by Mike Bruccolari, former member of Hermans Hermits.
At 17 Jerica started writing her own songs, and by 18 she was playing the piano.
By 19 Jerica’s love for music, creative songwriting, original sound, and vocal talent found herself recording in Nashville with industry professionals:
Nir Zidkyahu, studio drummer for Blake Shelton, Pharrel, and Miranda Lambert.
Ana Hudgins touring background vocalist with Demi Lovato.
Tom Hurst, drummer, former member of Backstreet Boys.
John Marcus, bass player, original member of Dancehall Doctors and has played with Tim Mcgraw for over 20 years.
At age 21 Jerica currently is working with G4 Music Group Artists Development at the Spot Studios on new original tracks with the release of her new single Home and others to follow.
Please follow Jerica Paliga on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Caitlin Koch is a singer/songwriter best known for her performances on the X Factor USA in 2011. She just released her first original EP "I Am Caitlin" last month and is scheduling a European tour come March 2017. Caitlin is scheduled to perform at International Country concert, Country2Country, in London, UK in March as part of her European tour. Caitlin's passions include rugby and reining. Caitlin grew up around horses and fell in love with reining when introduced to her longterm boyfriend, Travis Pufpaff, who has shown horses his entire life. She sang the National Anthem for numerous YRHA opening ceremonies and attends Congress every year. Caitlin wishes to continue to be a part of and support the sport locally and nationally. She currently lives and works in Nashville, TN where she is making her home in Soulful Country Music.
“Miranda Lambert-like spunk” - Janet Goodman, Music News Nashville
Jessica Lynne, a sensational and rising country star and London Tone Music’s latest signing moved to the US from Denmark in 2010 and immediate took the scene. Compared to luminaries like Dolly Parton and Miranda Lambert Jessica Lynne has taken the Northwest by storm. She has already played legendary stages as the Gorge Amphitheater and the Triple Door, a natural step up from her being the Washington State Winner of the Texaco Country Showdown. Jessica just came back from Nashville with new recordings and with her highly anticipated 2016 “Catch Me If You Can” EP and a National Tour to follow it is clear we can expect big things from Jessica Lynne.
Angie Keilhauer is a Georgia-based international touring artist known for her time on NBC’s hit TV show, The Voice. Her most recent release ‘Wild’, funded by two years of nonstop touring, debuted on June 24th at #5 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts and #1 on the same chart in El Salvador, the country she was born in. Keilhauer will be touring throughout the Summer and Fall to support the new album, find tour dates and ticket links on her website, AngieKeilhauer.com!
“There is something so undisciplined about the way you perform…you are WILD” -Blake Shelton
Diesel Drive is a country rock band from Southeastern MN who's been making a name for themselves in the Tri-state area. With only two years together under their belt, Diesel Drive has had made good use of their time releasing two singles making their rounds on the local radio stations and playing with the likes of Josh Thompson, Jon Pardi, and Sawyer Brown. www.diesledrivemn.com
Zach Hinson is a Northwest born and bred country music artist, singer, song writer. He grew up in West Valley Yakima, Washington. Spending his years growing up camping, hunting and fishing with his family developed his desire to put emotion & experiences on paper & his guitar. As Zach became more interested in music, he found his home in country. Now Zach writes music that most can relate to. He stirs emotions with his rich country voice. Whether you have spent your whole life in the city or in the country. Take a listen to any of Zach Hinson's music and you will soon be swept away by his ability to make the listen feel the same emotion. We hope you enjoy the music and his journey to the top!
Zach Hinson is managed by Roslyn Music Group, LLC please email if you would like to book Zach email@example.com. Find Zach on Facebook for all his upcoming events.
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