Zach Bryan

REVIEW: Zach Bryan “American Heartbreak”


Zach Bryan has a new album out, American Heartbreak, produced and mixed by Eddie Spear.  This record is a whopping 34 songs of good old Americana style country-based music.

“Late July” has Zach Bryan out of the starting block in his Oklahoma accent with banjo and acoustic guitars.  “Something in the Orange” asks that she please leave him alone, but also, please don’t go, and the orange glow of the sun touches everything he sees.

“Heavy Eyes” is a fast paced song about the wild late night parties of youth. “Mine Again” is a celebration of celebration and getting back on your feet.  This one has nice lines, “mine again, strongest friend, where the hell you been?”  and really, he’s back to himself again. Billy Contreras plays a power fiddle on this one.

“Right Now the Best” really highlights the power of Zach Bryan’s vocal energy, and demonstrates easily why his fans really love him.  “Holding you right now is the best.”  And “the Outskirts are a real celebration of wide open skies, fireflies, living on the outskirts of town.  “Younger Years” is a youthful party song, complete with a Levi jean queen and tearing down the town, just trying to grow up.

“You Are My Sunshine” is a cover of the traditional song done in a contemporary shuffly style, with Bryan’s vocals cracking with emotion.  “Oklahoma City” starts with strong fiddle and turns out into a song for old friends and loss, moving away and

It’s a good, long, solid Americana album full of life with an appeal that’s wild and free, with equal moments of reflection and jubilation.

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Musicians on the album are Zach Bryan on guitars, harmonica and vocals; Calvin Knowles on bass; Aksel Coe on percussion and  drums; Read Connolly on slide guitar and pedal steel; Seth Taylor on acoustic and electric guitar and mandolin. Graham Bright on guitar; Lucas Ruge-Jones and Billy Contreras on fiddles; Brooke Waggoner on piano; Dune Butler on upright bass and Moog; William Map on drums;  Graham Bright on electric guitar; Jeff Fielder on slide guitar and bass; Kimo Muraki on horns; and J.R. Carroll, Ryan Hadlock, Taylor Carroll, and William Map on percussion. Background Vocals are courtesy of Aksel Coe, Calvin Knowles, Eddie Spear, J.R. Carroll, Seth Taylor, Lucas Ruge-Jones; and Caleb Buchfink

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