John Roy Zat
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John Roy Zat


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"John Roy Zat comes from a long line of American singer-songwriters who occupy that space between traditional country and folk music. You know the people I'm talking about; Guy Clark, Steve Young and John Prine come to mind . . . There's enough silver in Zat's hair to suggest he's not the new anyone, but that hasn't stopped him writing a collection of songs that tap straight into that tradition. The fact that he's a talented fiddle player brings another dimension to "Solo" and it fleshes out his guitar and vocal to good effect . . . (see full review at Amazon: John Roy Zat "Solo")"
- Leicester Bangs

"Alt Country"

". . . A fiddler and guitar picker, John Roy Zat is someone who in no uncertain terms can really sing. He is a true folk singer. And he takes off on Collaborations with a bit of acoustic rock and roll. Honest and organic songs are on both 'Solo' and 'Collaborations' albums. (full review in Dutch here: )" - Alt Country - Netherlands

"Indie Showcase Review"

" . . .John's experience and talent shines throughout "John Roy Zat - Solo 2011". The lyrics are stunning, taking us on a journey via his words and music. Each song sounds and reads like a book. I encourage you to listen to the words. You will be amazed, I know I was. John has a gift to be sure. I want to make note of John's work on instrumentation. This is a beautifully produced album, in that John's work comes through loud and clear. His finger picking on guitar is extraordinary. John also plays fiddle, so he is no light weight. This man has honed his craft to a fine edge and it shows in his work. This album showcases John's remarkable talent as a singer as well as a songwriter. His rich vocals bring life to each song. This is one man I would love to see perform live. He hits a heavy punch in a laid back, unassuming way. Absolutely brilliant work. (full review at ) - Indie Showcase


In late 2011, JRZ released two CDs of mostly original material. Both have since gotten consistent airplay on independent radio and charted in the top ten on Roots Music Report and Airplay Direct.

The first CD , Solo, features just JRZ's singing and playing, as when he performs solo. On the second, Collaborations, he recorded with a group of like-minded musicians, adding texture and dimension without messing with his intrinsic Americana roots sound. He is currently working on a new CD, due in late 2013.



JRZ comes from a long line of American singer-songwriters who occupy that space between traditional country and folk music. In olden times (the `70s) they were often referred to as the ‘new Dylan,’ but feel free to delete ol' Bob's name and replace it with Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Gram Parsons or Ryan Adams, depending on your age, tastes or inclination.

"I have worked blue collar and white collar day jobs, with people in many different parts of the world. With some mileage on my chassis now and a lot of this planet traveled, I can say that music is one of Nature’s laws. Everybody is moved by music. Everyone has a favorite song, or two, or twenty. One of my greatest joys is making music and sharing songs with people, and the more the better."