The Zinc Kings

The Zinc Kings

 Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

The Zinc Kings are a North Carolina band specializing in music of the North Carolina Piedmont. They are not an Appalachian band (although they sometimes sound like one). They play a combination of blues, mill music, and fiddle tunes, sometimes all at the same time.


The Zinc Kings began in the fall of 2010 when musicians playing in the University of North Carolina Greensboro Old Time ensemble. Christen Blanton, Dan Clouse and Mark Dillon realized that while they loved Appalachian music there was a huge area of music that was not being addressed, the music of the North Carolina Piedmont. Music from this region tends to be more heavily influenced by the blues tradition and it is reflected in the playing of many of the tunes played. After starting the band they quickly found themselves overwhelmed by demand for music from the North Carolina Piedmont.

Each the three founding members have long backgrounds in music. Blanten is a professional viola player, Dillon a longtime songwriter and Clouse a professional tuba player. Very few of these skills make it into the Zinc Kings but their experience in playing the music is reflected in their lively performances.

Since their inception as a band in the fall of 2010 The Zinc Kings have been playing seemingly non-stop including performances at local venues and festivals including Hoppin John fiddle festival, The Charlie Poole Festival, Fiddlers Grove, Asheville's Bele Chere Festival and multiple private engagements. In the summer of 2011 The Zinc Kings became the house band for the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Theaterfest production of Where Music Kills Sorrow.

In the spring of 2011 The Zinc Kings released their self-titled debut album The Zinc KIngs. Recorded over the course of a extended weekend with no overdubs and two microphones the album is an accurate representation of The Zinc Kings live performances.

Since their initial inception The Zinc Kings have also added additional musicians to their lineup including Ryan Mack on the Bass and Doug Baker on multiple instruments.


Piedmont (2012)
The Zinc Kings (2011)
Oasis Radio Sampler (2011)

Set List

Angeline The Baker
Bay Rum Blues
Breaking Up Xmas
Butcher Boy
Chittling Cooking Time
Cluck Old Hen
Cold Frosty
Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
Drunken Hiccups
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
Give the Fiddler A Dram
Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Around
Green Willis
Hard Times
Henry Reids Breakdown
Hog Eyed Man
Hop High Ladies
I'll Fly Away
Johnson Boys
Leather Britches
Lights in The Valley
Little Sadie
Lonesome Road
Midnight On the Water
My Homes Across
Old Joe Clark
Old Plank Road
Over The Waterfall
Shove that Pigs Foot
Skillet Good and Greasy
Soldiers Joy
Sow em' On a Mountain
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Wildwood Flower
Old Time Backstep, Cindy
T for Texas, T for Tennessee
Blue Yodel No. 9
Old 97
Which Side are you on