West Texas Song-Slinger
Zach Balch may have grown up in a flat West Texas town where nobody locks their doors, 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, bassist Robert Willis and guitarist Tyler Martin, Zach Balch and The Company take on an electrifying big-city dimension. The result is the personal prose of David Ramirez meets the clever, full-bodied Alt-Country/Rock of Ryan Adams, served up with a satisfying helping of the Blues.
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 full-length project, Good Gets Better, was released in 2015 and has gathered proof that Zach Balch is a juggernaut in the Texas songwriting community. The record features the world’s premier horn section, Grooveline Horns (Jason Mraz, Willie Nelson, Kelly Clarkson) from Austin, TX as well as local talents Karyna Micaela, Ellen Hinton (Ellen Once Again), Mikaela Kahn and Sarah Sellers as background singers. 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.
Following the release of Good Gets Better, Zach opened a commercial recording studio in Dallas, Texas. Flint Creek Records is built around Zach’s love of community and hope that every artist is able to make a great record. When not at the dials for other artists, Zach is working on his next album which is set to release in 2016.
The real life experience
As a solo artist, Zach has made multiple trips around the U.S. playing coffee shops, bars and house shows. From the Gramophone in St. Louis to the Beat Kitchen in Chicago, and from Red Rock Coffee in the San Francisco Bay Area to Foxy Loxy in Savannah, 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, The Kessler Theater in Dallas, Jack’s in San Antonio and The Live Oak Music Hall in Fort Worth. They’ve also been featured in the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival, Deep Ellum Big Folkin’ Festival, The Wildflower Festival, Deep Ellum Arts Festival and will make a repeat appearance at the Addison Summer Series on June 11, 2016. Live television appearances include Good Morning Texas, Fox 4 Daybreak and KXII in Sherman, TX. 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. He has shared stages with The Voice alum Luke Wade, DFW favorites Kirk Thurmond and Ryan Thomas Becker, and national touring artists Rocco DeLuca, Monte Montgomery and Sarah Jarosz. His music can be heard on regional radio throughout the state of Texas.
“There’s such an unforced charm to Dallas-based singer-songwriter Zach Balch’s sophomore album, Good Gets Better, that you can’t help but give yourself over to its amiable pleasures.
The Lubbock native’s first full-length in four years, following his 2011 debut Verses, is a highly polished affair slipping easily between pop, rock, folk, blues, jazz, soul and country.
Balch’s engaging tenor is the thread connecting the diverse compositions — produced by Balch and Bradley Prakope — which also features cameos from Austin’s Grooveline Horns, along with area vocalists Karyna Micaela, Ellen Hinton, Mikaela Kahn and Sarah Sellers.
Whether it’s the sultry lament Follow You Down or the mischievously brief title track (which still gets its point across in less than 60 seconds), Balch makes heartfelt, sleek music seem as effortless as a sunny day.”
DFW.com – http://www.dfw.com
“The Good Gets Better is an honest reflection on the past, his experiences, and his goals for the future, all presented in eleven neatly produced, stunning tracks with an honesty and wit that is characteristic of Zach’s music. …Zach effortlessly combines barefoot, blue jean comfort with big-city class and style to create a sound and image that is wholly his own…the final result [is] a sonically pleasing, lush sound.”
Days with Destiny – http://www.dayswithdestiny.com
“I’ve known Zach Balch for a long time and I’m thankful for the opportunity to watch him grow as an artist, not only as a huge fan, but also from a music industry perspective. Zach approaches his genre with a sense of adventure, not reverence. I’m a devotee of phenomenal lyrics that make me feel something deep within and Zach’s lyrics are always brimful of layers of overlapping ideas that are easy for anyone to relate to. I can’t get enough of his last album and I’m anxiously awaiting the next. I’m confident he won’t disappoint.”
-Sara Caudle, “Six Gun Sara”
KWBY 107.9 & 98.5, Stephenville – http://www.kwbyradio.com
“Zach Balch’s stories of romantic quarrels and selfless sacrifices in “The Reacher” and “Follow You Down” transpiring via acoustic guitar and duetting harmonies is the closest you’ll get to touching elbows with sappy hearted fan girls at a Ben Howard show. With “The Reacher” as a potential single for Zach Balch’s full length LP, recorded in the heart of Denton, Texas, the Dallas-area music scene welcomes another seasoned artist worth bragging about.”
Bonfire Music – http://www.bonfirewebzine.com
“Bluesy guitar and dreamy piano riffs set the scene for Zach Balch’s melodic confessions on his 2011 record, Verses. You’ll discover an enchanting array of gentle guitar strumming, energetic rhythms and everything in between, as each track unfolds stories of heartache, whispered promises and new beginnings. Strong contrast between the first and last tracks reveal Balch’s dynamic voice.”
-Fey Sandoval & Lauren Frock
Denton Live – http://www.discoverdenton.com/denton-live