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Album Review

Zac Harmon follows up his live album Shot in the Kill Zone with this studio effort, furthering his rough-and-ready blues persona. As a guitarist/vocalist, Harmon is in his element on this original set of tunes that proves he's ready for blues-rock prime-time beyond cover tunes. Harmon's strong vocal presence is hard to pin down with a specific influence, but he's completely convincing as a soulful man, lover's crooner, or hardcore get-down performer. Harmon has written some themes — like "The Older Woman," with full sound complemented by a horn section, and "Want Ads," where he's been missing his ex so much that he's puttin' it in the classifieds — that certainly reflect real modern-day life in a media-driven society. He also looks back at the urban blues tradition during songs like "Hattie Mae," in a rock base merging with a classic like "Wang Dang Doodle," and "Keep the Blues Alive," which parallels the famous tune "Help Me." For his other side, Harmon offers sweet soul à la Otis Redding or a little reggae mixed into his blues, but mainly thrives on funky heavy rock, especially during a stompdown original, "Honey Bee," in an upbeat mood for his gal. Of particular interest to those who enjoy blues harmonica, Jimmy Z. is consistently driving all the points home, while keyboardist/producer/co-songwriter Christopher Troy also deserves due credit for energizing the leader to the upper heights. If hard-driving, honest, no-nonsense contemporary music mindful of urban South Side Chicago tradition is your favorite kind of blues, then quite likely Zac Harmon is your main man. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

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Yes SIR!

I just saw Zac in Hot Springs AR and could not set in my chair. Zac and his band deliver blues up on a plate of raunchy beats and low down vibes. I was struck! If you are ever near this band and they are playing....MUST GO SEE! Prepare to get up off your seat! That is my tip for 2010! Blown away! Keep the blues alive Zac! By the way..bought two of his cds that promise to rock my house! : ) THis is one of them. Getcha some!

Biography

Born: Abilene, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born and raised in Jackson in the heart of Mississippi, Zac Harmon is a true extension of the music that came from the city’s historic Farish Street district, the home of blues legend Elmore James. A guitarist, organist, singer, and songwriter, Harmon's distinctive style combines the best of old-school soul-blues artists like Z.Z. Hill and Dorothy Moore with modern lyrics and themes that allow the blues to breathe in the new millennium. His live performances combine elements of everything that influenced...
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