Zachary Scott Pohl

Zachary Scott Pohl

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandFolkBlues

Folk music with a constant though sometimes subtle blues undertone running through just about every song. Stories for and about people set to a guitar and voice.

Biography

Having lived his entire life in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Zach
Pohl considers it his home base. From his early beginnings there, he has
identified and perfected his musical talents, not only as a gifted singer,
but also as a talented song writer and musician.

At the early age of nine, Zach began singing solos in church services and
pursued that calling throughout his entire life, singing in church and
prestigious high school choirs. He continued his singing career at TCU
and afterwards with the Dallas Symphony Chorus as well.

His musical abilities were evident as early as his singing talents. By the
third grade, he began taking piano lessons; in junior high and high
school, he played the French horn and trumpet. By the time he
graduated from high school, he was singing and playing keys with a local
band of musicians.

After graduation, he pursued a degree in music at TCU, graduating in
2002. He also served as a music director for various churches
throughout the area, searching for his niche in life, when a friend
approached him about writing a song for her wedding. That inspiration
prompted him to begin writing, and since then, he has found that
niche.

Not long afterwards, he decided to play bass for a local rock band.
Within six months, he had become their lead singer and songwriter,
fulfilling a life-long dream. After the group disbanded, Zach continued
his fervor for writing and eventually co-founded a songwriting troupe,
finding new inspiration in folk, soul, and blues music. The influence of
these talented individuals helped shape his attitude about, and his
commitment to, songwriting.

From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Pohl played bass, sang lead vocals, and wrote
songs for the group Madera. In 2006 he joined singer Douglas Kent,
playing bass and singing vocals together. Later he played guitar and
harmonica, sang vocals, and wrote songs for the 508's, a folk group he
founded himself.

Today Mr. Pohl pursues his passion with a tireless enthusiasm and
commitment. He has been a solo acoustic artist since January, 2008,
recording one demo and one CD. He has sung back-up vocals for
Richard Davis, served as interim road manager for Max Stalling, and
written over 50 original songs, all as a result of his insatiable appetite for
writing and performing. He says, “As a solo artist I've been paving my
way, cutting my teeth, and paying my dues just to establish myself as a
songwriter. It's a long, hard, and lonely road, but I enjoy every minute
and would not give it up for the world. I do not write songs for fame or
fortune, nor will I pretend to be someone I'm not. I will continue to
write and perform to give back to the music community that made me
who I am.�

Lyrics

Ross Avenue Blues

Written By: Zachary Scott Pohl

I'm feelin down
i can't stand up no more
I'm feelin down
I'm sinkin through the floor
baby, since you've gone
the wind turned cold

the wind turned cold
chilled me to the bone
I'm so cold
and tired of being alone
baby now you're gone
and I'm stuck here all alone

you gave my your hand
i gave you mine
you said you'd hold it baby till the end of time
i gave you my heart
you gave it back
you gave me your heart, oh but baby it was black

I'm feelin down
can't stand up no more
I'm feelin down
I'm sinkin through the floor
baby since you've gone
the wind turned cold

the wind turned cold
chilled me to the bone
I'm so cold
and tired of bein alone
baby now you're gone
and I'm stuck here all alone

Back to Zero

Written By: Zachary Scott Pohl

kindly if you please
the wind whispers through the trees
as i walk barefoot through the bees in the clover
over the hills of the greenbelt
that carve through this concrete jungle gym
where no one climbs anywhere but deeper in debt and
yet by their behavior
you'd think they'd be searching for a savior
but instead they just buy things
to satisfy their greed
as if they don't bleed
they just keep buying things to make their lives whole
when they should be crying out to save their own souls
will no one listen to dead stars?
piling into churches with corporate coffee bars
waiting for redemption with valet parking
Oh, the hounds of hell are barking
"guaranteed salvation or triple your money back,
three easy payments of $19.99 should get you back on track
so, come fill our pews with your designer name brand shoes"
but if you really want clues on how to lose these blues
i earnestly implore you to search for the truth.
so what am i saying
that we should all bow down praying
no, rather for those of us straying
stop delaying the urge to be like children playing in the streets
with empty hands and barefoot feet
you may holler for the all mighty dollar
but i will find a rival for your dollar sign idol
its a power far greater than any earthly hero
and I'm sure I'll find it when i get back to zero.

He sat outside on the corner
with little or nothing to say
he never felt to much important so
he stayed out of everyone's way

Ed was an old man
with holes in the soles of his feet
but ten years living 'neath bridges
kept him skinny from nothing to eat

I said, Hey man what's your story?
he said, "son, there's nothing to tell.
I've simply traded my sorrows
'cause I was tired of living in hell.

You see I'm not your American idol
and I'm not your guitar hero
I read most all of the Bible
it just told me to get back to zero.

Donated all my money
and I learned to swallow my pride
I'm weak, I'm dirty and I'm lonely
but at least I've got nothing to hide

I live my life like a wild man
and I live by smoke if you got'em
I appreciate your concern
but I'm comfortable here at the bottom

Why don't you try living my way
c'mon and give it a chance
just 'cause the music's playing
don't mean that you got to dance

So blow Taps at sunset
when the day is done
please drop by and say howdy
'cause Reveille may never come.

I'm not your American idol
and I'm not your guitar hero

Brother

Written By: Zachary Scott Pohl

He never received all the love he deserved so much
he lost his way, he lost his faith, he lost his touch
Pastor offered prayers and the church choir did sing
Gather angels round him lord oh but don't take him away

He locked himself in a small apartment for weeks on end
He forgot to smile, he forgot to speak, and he forgot his friends
Brother if you need me just call my name
but his demons gathered round him and they drowned him in the flame.

It's been too long since I seen the face of my dear friend
I never thought in a million years this is how it'd end
Oh I hope I see you before that fateful day
When we gather all around you and we bury you in the clay

So i offer my prayer Oh I sing
Gather angels round him lord oh but don't take him away
Gather angels round him lord oh but don't take him away
Gather angels round him
Gather angels round him lord
Gather angels round him lord oh but don't take him away

Forget About Tomorrow

Written By: Zachary Scott Pohl

Wednesday June 30th at noon 1999
I barred up my windows and locked my sad self inside
when I got tired of hiding I could hear old Jimmy say
Hey forget about tomorrow there's nothing but the bottom today

Oh Lord let my head hit the pillow
I'm tired of weeping like the willow
You know it aint that easy
Living life day by day
Forget about tomorrow I'm stuck on the bottom today

Wednesday June 30th at noon two thousand and four
I locked up my heart and buried myself in the floor
I quit hanging around with Jimmy but I could still hear him whispering
Hey forget about tomorrow there's nothing but the bottom today

Oh Lord let my head hit the pillow
I'm tired of weeping like the willow
You know it aint that easy
Living life day by day
Forget about tomorrow I'm stuck on the bottom today

Wednesday June 30th we won't see til two-thousand and ten
Can't tell from here if I'll ever see Jimmy again
But he'll call me up and ask me when I've gone too far the wrong way
Can we forget about tomorrow and sink to the bottom today

I cried
Oh Lord let my head hit the pillow
I'm tired of weeping like the willow
You know it aint that easy
Living life day by day
Forget about tomorrow I'm stuck on the bottom today

You know it aint that easy living life day by day
I can't see tomorrow I'm too busy living today.

Discography

January 2008: The Offical Unofficial Demo
October 2008: Almost Live

Set List

Typical Set list: 10-12 originals and3-4 covers
Set length: about an hour
How many set: 1-4

ORIGINAL SONGS:

All I Need
Along this Road
Ashley's Lullaby
Backdoor Blues
Backslide
Back to Zero with (msg)
Bipolar Love
Blank Page
Boomer's Song
Born to be Free
Brother
The Calling with (the voice)
Cannot Beat the Devil
Crooked Eyes
The Dinosaur Song
Enemy Way
The Fall
Fightin and Fallin In Love
Forget About Tomorrow
Frank and Sense
Friends
Go Home
Hey America
Highwayman's Lullaby with (disease)
Invisible
Ive had my Fill (music by richard paul davis)
I was Wrong
Las Vegas Blvd
SOB's Tribute music by rp davis/britton a keanne
Local Diner
Mississippi Blues
The Music
Sweet Nocona Nights
No Disrespect
My Slice of Heaven (music by madera)
Outside my Head
One More Day
Ragin Rivers music by richard paul davis
Reflections music by travis jean
Ross ave blues
Ruby's Grandaughter
Right Here
Ship in a bottle
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