Zach Williams

Zach Williams is an extremely talented artist currently living and performing in New York City. I’ve long had a deep desire to see Zach succeed in making a living in the music industry, although I’m not sure it will ever happen. He’s incredibly talented, affable, congenial, and puts on a welcoming live show {or so I’ve heard from multiple personal friends who’ve attended a live set of his}. He crafts music with the same care a master sculptor puts the finishing touches on a master work; each piece is cleverly formed and flows seamlessly from one part to another. His music is filled with blues, folk, melancholy, longing, and truth. He seems destined to be atop playlists from indie brats to slow jammers. But for some reason he’s not. For some reason his voice is not catching on, and I cannot seem to find the reason.

In September of 2006 I first discovered Zach Williams when he was supported by a band called The Ramparts. I put him on one of my now forgotten EA mixes alongside artists such as Joseph Arthur, Ben Folds, and Sufjan Stevens, all of whom I truly believe he could hold a stage with if given the chance. At that point in his life he was living in Florida and playing local shows down there. Since then he decided to move to New York to become serious about music and for awhile almost gave up on it altogether. Luckily for you, and for me, he hasn’t stopped yet. And hopefully, and I hope you’ll agree after listening to these tracks, he won’t stop for a long while.

mp3 : Zach Williams – Down to the Blood (Live at Rockwood Music Hall
mp3 : Zach Williams – Hospital (Live at Rockwood Music Hall)
mp3 : Zach Williams – Names that Fell (Live at Rockwood Music Hall)
mp3 : Zach Williams – Mountain Water (Live at Southpaw)
mp3 : Zach Williams – Dirty Feet (Live at Rockwood Music Hall)
mp3 : Zach Williams – Fears (Live at Rockwood Music Hall)

If you’ve never listened to Zach Williams before I would recommend starting with the tracks Names that Fell, Dirty Feet, and Fears as they do a good job of covering the breadth of Zach’s talent. For those of you interested in more by Zach you can check out his myspace, his site, or other posts that I’ve written that have to do with Zach Williams by clicking here. You can also purchase his music on CDBaby, iTunes, or Amazon. Finally, for those of you in the area, Zach is playing a show on April 12 at Maxwell’s in Hoboken NJ and I wholeheartedly endorse going to see him play live; you will not be disappointed.

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5 thoughts on “Zach Williams”

  1. Double true… If you treat yourself to a show you will not be disappointed. A bundle of soul and energy to be reckoned with… that’s Zach Williams. I’d say while these recordings aren’t bad they are nothing compared to hearing him in person. Not to mention the upcoming recording in a proper studio with his current band. I have to say I’m not much of a commenter or blogger but I’m a fan.

  2. So, I listened to Zach Williams a few other times and didn’t think much, but as you post him on your blog more, I listen more and he’s definitely growing on me. I’m really coming around to his sound. It’s not like anything else I listen to really, but it’s good.

  3. I heard a song by Zach Williams a couple of weeks ago, and have since fallen in love with it. I’d really like to hear more. Is there any way that you would consider reposting these songs for a fan?
    By the way, you have pretty great music taste…

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