Zack McGinn

Sunday, February 15, 2015

By Kate Kinder
Editor in Chief

Mr. Zack McGinn grew up in Mason, Texas. Zack Currently resides in San Angelo, Texas on his family’s ranch. In his free time he trains colts and works on the ranch. He is always down for a road trip and loves to travel.

Are you currently touring? If so with who?
“We're on a solo tour right now promoting our current record, ‘All In’”

Zack and his Fiancé Rachel (sourse ZM's fb page)

When and why did you start playing?

“I grew up in a family where a lot of my relatives played musical instruments, so I guess I've really always been around it to some extent. I picked up a guitar when I was 10 and played around on it here and there but it didn't really sink until a few years later. I saw Ragweed and Boland play when I was in the 8th grade and I remember just being mesmerized. Those guys were writing and playing their own music and I thought it was the coolest thing I'd ever seen. From that moment on, I was hooked. I told myself that night, that I wanted to write songs for a living.”

What drives your passion?

“Songwriting is my passion. It's not really about the spotlight for me. It's about connecting with people through the words of a song. Music has always been my outlet to get things off my chest or tell a story. That's plenty of inspiration to keep me going. “

Can you describe the type of music you play?

“I don't really know how to describe our music. But if you hear a Dolly Shine song, just know that it comes from the heart and has been lived, not just talked about.”

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?
“Inspiration for songwriting, for me, comes from a lot of different places. Wither it's a personal experience, something that one of my buddies has been through, all the places I've been and the people I've met on the road. Inspiration is everywhere. All you have to do is go out there and live life and tell your story. I don't really have a set process for songwriting. Sometimes the lyrics come first and sometimes it's a melody in my head. I try not to sit on a song for too long. If it's not coming to me when I sit down to write it, I'll put it down and get outside and find something to occupy my mind and then come back to it. I might not write a song for 2 months, and then one day, sit down and write 3 or 4. And they'll just come out. And it'll be about those 2 months that I was out there living.”

What are your fondest musical memories?

“My fondest musical memories are being made all the time. Every day on the road brings a new experience. I feel pretty lucky to be doing this for a living.”

Were you influenced by old records & tapes?

“I grew up listening to my grandparents records. They listened to a wide variety, so I was exposed to a lot of great stuff at a young age. The first tape I ever owned was a Chris LeDoux tape and I wore it out. All I wanted to do when I was young was rodeo, so his music really spoke to me. ”

Who are your favorite musicians?

“Faron Young, Marty Robbins, Elvis, Buddy Holly. All the good stuff. I dig all kinds of music, but the guys that I listen to the most are the troubadours. The ones that really have something to say and aren't just putting out word throw up just to sell a record. Some of my favorites are my buddies. William Clark Green and Cody Johnson are right up there in my opinion. But also guys like Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Jason Isbell and Ryan Bingham being at the top of my list.”

What is a typical week like for you?

“A typical week for me is working on the ranch, writing, spending time with my fiancé and just kind of unwinding from the road. I love the road, but I also love to be home. I really focus on keeping my day to day very normal. I think it's important to keep road life and home life separate. There has to be some kind of balance between the two.”

What is a typical week like for you?

“My favorite thing about being on the road is simply that you get to travel to new places and see things you've never seen or might not have an opportunity to see otherwise.”

What is the craziest thing that has happened at or after a show?

“The craziest thing that's ever happened on the road would probably be the time we drove into a blizzard right outside of Laramie, Wyoming. It took us almost 2 hours to drive the last 20 miles. We later found out that the highway we drove in on was notorious for killing bands. 2 nights later, we played for 1,000 people there at a place called the Cowboy. Scary as hell getting there, but in the end, the drive was worth the risk.”
What's the funniest thing that's happened on the road?

“There's something funny happening on the road every weekend. The guys in the band are all pretty funny character, so it never really gets dull.”

Best place to eat while on the road?

“My favorite place to eat on the road is Storm's. Best fast food burger this side of the Mississippi!”

What's the best town play in?

“There are so many great towns to play in and they all treat us pretty well, but I'd have to say Stephenville. Starting out there in a musical hotbed really gave us an opportunity to cut our teeth.”

(Sourse ZM's fb page)

Since everyone was a startup once, can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?

“My advice to anyone starting out in this business, especially as a songwriter is the same advice that I got and still apply to my career is this: Never take any moment of getting to play music for a living for granted. It could all be gone tomorrow. It's a long uphill climb and don't expect anything to just be handed to you. You'll feel much better in the end knowing that you earned it yourself. Always be as real as possible and be true to yourself and to your craft. Be accessible to your fans. They are the reason you have a job. Have fun and enjoy every moment, but hustle and work your ass off. The ones who work hard and want it the most are the ones who get where they want to go.”

Thank you so much Zack! Can't wait to see you at a show!!

Xxx West Texas Sweetheart

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