Zak Trojano
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Zak Trojano

Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012

Greenfield, Massachusetts, United States
Established on Jan, 2012
Solo Americana Acoustic

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"Zak Trojano - Folk and World"

"...marries classic finger-style guitar playing to his low slung voice and the foreboding sound of his songs." - Boston Globe


"Zak Trojano Wolf Trees"

"… supple but assured, reflecting a blend of humility and bravado -- rich, resonant, and resolute in ways that set him apart and make an immediate impression." - Acoustic Guitar


"Wolf Trees"

"Honest and unpretentious...with gorgeous tune after gorgeous tune." - No Depression


"An Interview With Zak Trojano: Young In Mind"

"Wolf Trees is quite simply incredible. It demonstrates a range of styles–from gritty blues to delicate confession... It’s a gem of an album.” - Red Line Roots


"FULL ALBUM PREMIERE: GUITARIST/SONGWRITER ZAK TROJANO AIMS FOR INDIE PROWESS WITH BRILLIANT LP ‘WOLF TREES’"

“Sings with a compelling timbre that along with his erudite guitar work, makes him one of indie rock’s most unconventional yet talented troubadours… “… a valiant album that creatively ventures in the gritty and in-depth realms of Califone, Iron & Wine and Low.” - Glide Magazine


"Graded on a Curve: New in Stores, August 2018, Part Two"

"Trojano has a helluva voice that communicates experience rather than straining to replicate it." - The Vinyl District


"Zak Trojano - Wolf Trees"

"...his songs which run the gamut from seemingly intimate coffee house fare to more vibrant guitar sounds, suggest you just put everything aside, close the door, turn the lights down, and put those damn headphones on." - Making A Scene


"Analog man"

"Trojano’s music is introspective lyrically, shaped by deft fingerpicking and astute melodic sense." - The Hippo


"Chris Smither on "Yesterday's Sun""

"MY OLD PAL ZAK TROJANO REVEALS HIMSELF A PENSIVE SOUL INDEED WITH YESTERDAY'S SUN. LINES LIKE "...LIFE'S TOO SHORT, BUT IT'S LONGER THAN IT SEEMS" LIGHT UP THE DARKNESS AND GIVE IT DEFINITION. - Chris Smither


"Greenfield Recorder on "Yesterday's Sun""

"Honest, fresh, and hauntingly beautiful." - Greenfield Recorder


"Acoustic Rainbow on "Yesterday's Sun""

...an incredibly strong album." - Acoustic Rainbow


"The Alternate Root on "Yesterday's Sun""

"Zak Trojano offers a performance on Yesterday’s Sun that showcases all the hooks in a singer-songwriter’s tackle box. Zak is a New Hampshire-born fly fisherman and casts out the tunes, his fingers flying over the strings to match the passion..." - The Alternate Root


"Peter Mulvey on Zak Trojano"

Zak Trojano's music stays with you. It is made of whole cloth and it's from a long time ago that feels like yesterday. It's steady and sturdy and you can come right up to it and it won't shy away." - Peter Mulvey


"Extended Play Sessions on Zak Trojano"

"Zak Trojano delivers vivid stories shrouded with dark vignettes. When you catch the eye of acoustic blues master Chris Smither and you have the goods to deliver serious, thought provoking art you're on the right path. Trojano's guitar playing is stellar...you always know it's there but it sides on sparse enough to let the songs breathe and allows the lyrics to take center stage." - William Hurley


"Jeffrey Foucault on Zak Trojano"

"Zak Trojano writes emotionally complex, classic feeling songs, and sings them like a man." - Jeffrey Foucault


Discography

Solo Records:
"Wolf Trees" - 2018
"Two Lines"-2011
"Yesterday's Sun"-2015
"I Took Molly to See the Butterflies"-2015

Rusty Belle:
"Rusty Belle"- 2007
"The Vanity Pack"-2009
"On a Full Moon Weekend"-2011
"Common Courtesy"-2013





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"Honest and unpretentious...with gorgeous tune after gorgeous tune.- No Depression

"...marries classic finger-style guitar playing to his low slung voice and the foreboding sound of his songs." - The Boston Globe

"… supple but assured, reflecting a blend of humility and bravado -- rich, resonant, and resolute in ways that set him apart and make an immediate impression." - Acoustic Guitar


Zak Trojano is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, a finger-style guitar player, a fly-fisherman, and a beer drinker. He watches more than he talks, the guy at the end of the bar nursing a drink while the afternoon light angles in, letting the conversation pile up around him like snowfall. He grew up in New Hampshire, outside of town in a cabin built by his parents. 

 His father was a drummer who held down a regular country gig, and nights after work he would loosen his tie and show his son the finer points of Ginger Baker and Elvin Jones. In New Hampshire they drove around in trucks, and Prine and Dylan cassettes showed up in most of those trucks. Zak made Eagle Scout, got his knots down. Then it was college and out, wandering the country from the desert Southwest to Great Plains until he ran out of money, washing windows to work up the bus fare home. After a while it seemed like he ought to write some songs, and he did: heavy songs with a light touch; an AM radio throwback voice and an intricate finger-style technique framed by a drummer’s rhythm.

 Since then, Trojano has found a variety of outlets for his diverse musical interests: co-founding the much acclaimed folk trio Rusty Belle in 2006, appearing on records by Chris Smither(Time Stands Still, Still on the Levee), Jeffrey Foucault (Shoot the Moon Right Between the Eyes), Peter Mulvey (Letters From a Flying Machine) and Chris Pureka (How I Learned to See in the Dark). All while touring and releasing his solo records (Two Lines, Yesterday’s Sun, I Took Molly to See the Butterflies).

  In recent years, Trojano’s solo work has found the spotlight with discerning listeners everywhere. Stage by stage, in clubs, music halls, bars, and coffeehouses across the country, he has honed a live show that keeps audiences glued to the stage, like a rare conversation with an old friend who doesn’t usually say much, but plays a mean guitar.


 

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