Zach Peterson
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Zach Peterson

Detroit, Michigan, United States | INDIE

Detroit, Michigan, United States | INDIE
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"Live Review: Villagers with Zach Peterson at DC9, Washington DC – 21 June 2010"

I may be turning into a folkie. Or at the very least, I’m much more appreciative and receptive of thoughtful singer/songwriters that play guitar. Conor J. O’Brien, the voice and brains behind Irish outfit Villagers definitely falls into that category. O’Brien sans his backing band played to a respectable-sized crowd at Washington’s DC9 club Monday night.

The opening act was locally-based folk singer/songwriter Zach Peterson. There’s a palpable twangy, country style to his songs. While his voice isn’t as good as O’Brien’s, he had a noisy contingent of mates cheering him on. He was also very humourous, best demonstrated by the last song of his set, ‘the Sarah Palin Song’ (named after the much-maligned former American vice-presidential Republican candidate). I couldn’t tell if he was mocking her or lamenting all the political maiming she’s been through. Check it out on his MySpace and you can decide for yourself. - There Goes The Fear


"Live Review: Villagers with Zach Peterson at DC9, Washington DC – 21 June 2010"

I may be turning into a folkie. Or at the very least, I’m much more appreciative and receptive of thoughtful singer/songwriters that play guitar. Conor J. O’Brien, the voice and brains behind Irish outfit Villagers definitely falls into that category. O’Brien sans his backing band played to a respectable-sized crowd at Washington’s DC9 club Monday night.

The opening act was locally-based folk singer/songwriter Zach Peterson. There’s a palpable twangy, country style to his songs. While his voice isn’t as good as O’Brien’s, he had a noisy contingent of mates cheering him on. He was also very humourous, best demonstrated by the last song of his set, ‘the Sarah Palin Song’ (named after the much-maligned former American vice-presidential Republican candidate). I couldn’t tell if he was mocking her or lamenting all the political maiming she’s been through. Check it out on his MySpace and you can decide for yourself. - There Goes The Fear


Discography

2010: "Sarah Palin Song" digital single
2010: "Alter Ego" full-length release

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Bio

Peterson was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI, home to a world-renown fish ladder and Founders Beer. West Michigan is where the slim young songwriter began strumming and picking an acoustic guitar in junior high school. Despite an interest in the flannel-shirted sounds of the early and mid-1990s, Peterson's music is steeped more in his father's record collection than his friends or his own for that matter. The sounds of Dylan, Cohen, Lightfoot, Prine, Townes Van Zandt and those that followed pushed the young performer toward what is loosely called the folk tradition. Performing as one-half of the duo The President's Men in high school, Peterson and Brinton Jones (now of the band The Devil Whale based in Utah) played the suburban coffeehouses of Greater Grand Rapids and the annual Festival of the Arts downtown. The GR Press boasted the duo was "fresh new talent" in 1999. After college in Ontario and graduate school in East Lansing, MI, Peterson moved to Washington, DC, to get a real job. Six years later, Peterson finds himself in Detroit. Along with his daily grind, he writes songs and performs as often as possible. He's played in bars, churches, cafes, houses and driveways from Alberta to Norway with several stops in between.