West Texas Songslinger
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.
Zach’s first recording endeavors, Light – the EP and Somebody’s Giant, were both charming favorites of friends and fans. In 2011, his first full-length album, VERSES, Zach Balch and The Company proved themselves a force to be taken seriously. The release of the 2012 single and music video, “Follow You Down,” Zach Balch is reaching more listeners than ever before.
The much anticipated new endeavor, “Good Gets Better”, is set to release this fall and is already gathering proof that Zach Balch is a juggernaut in the Texas songwriting community. The record features local talents Karyna Micaela, Ellen Hentin (Ellen Once Again), Mikaela Kahn and Sarah Sellers as background singers, and world’s premier horn section, Grooveline Horns (Jason Mraz, Willie Nelson, Kelly Clarkson) from Austin, TX. Produced by Zach and Bradley Prakope, this record is poetic search into our desire to prove ourselves to the world while maintaining the priority to prove our love to those close to us.
The real life experience
As a solo artist, Zach has made multiple trips around the US playing coffee shops, bars and house shows. The shows may be smaller, but the stories are heard so much clearer. From the Gramophone in St. Louis to the Beat Kitchen in Chicago, and from Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View, CA to Foxy Loxy in Savannah Georgia, he is making his songs known just a few loyal listeners at a time.
To date, Zach and his band have graced the stages of The Gibson Showroom in Austin, Prophet Bar and Club Dada in Dallas, Jack’s in San Antonio and The Live Oak Music Hall in Fort Worth. They’ve also been featured in The Wildflower Festival and Deep Ellum Arts Festival. In 2010, he won Best Acoustic Act at Dallas’ Fall Indie Fest, a category created exclusively and spontaneously for him, as he never even registered as a contestant.