If you’ve missed live music, just know that Zach Person is there with you. “I didn’t realize what live performing and music meant to me…everyone’s excited to see it again and everyone’s open to hearing something new.” And if you need new music, look no further than Zach’s bluesy folk inspired, indie rock.
The Austin musician took to the BMI stage at Austin City Limits Festival this past Sunday with his longtime collaborator, Jake Wyble, playing tracks primarily from his debut self-titled album. Person’s influence from classic blues and rock shone through on songs such as “Crossroads” and “Can’t Stop Running” and are on full display across his album.
When asked about the inspiration behind his sound, Person looked back on his blues-minded guitar teacher, but that isn’t the only influence you’ll hear in his album. “When I first started playing music, I was drawn to…the punk bands that would come out and play at the skate parks when I was little.”
Now if you want to hear this punk influence, look no further than “All Shook Up” which blends an almost Arctic Monkeys-esc tone with Person’s blues guitar background, mixing classic and modern rock for a completely unique sound—some would call it ‘epic’.
In the words of Zach himself, “Our job is to take that legacy and tradition of music and to move it even further.” Unlike many contemporary artists, this is a concept present throughout his music. With an act that focuses on live performance as much as the tracks backing it, Person puts on an act reminiscent of the great rock legends of the 60’s—with a few 808’s dropped in there—and anyone who saw his recent performance on the ACL Fest’s BMI stage can attest to that.
Zach Person is a rock legend in the making. While this might’ve been his first introduction to the ACL Festival stages, this definitely won’t be his last. But you don’t have to just take my word for it, you can stream all of his music on Spotify and Apple Music, as well as catch some of his live shows as he starts the first leg of his North American tour.