The Zach Waters Band

  • Genres
  • Blues
  • Rock
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Blues ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Live Performer ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Teen ★
    • SAMMIES 2018 Winner★ Blues ★
  • Musicians
    • Alex Parker — bass, vocals
    • Lou Wallace — drums
    • Roger Shimoff — bass, keyboards
    • Steve Pires — drums
    • Zach Waters — guitar, lead guitar, vocals
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Guitar hero

Published 03.29.18

Zach Waters is the definition of a locally grown musician. Born and raised in Roseville, he graduated from Woodcreek High School last Spring while at the same time he was fearlessly performing his own brand of ’70s influenced rock and blues in front of seemingly awestruck audiences throughout Northern California.

With his bandmates, drummer Lou Wallace and bassist/keyboardist Roger (the “Mudshark”) Shimoff, Waters is currently completing his first the Pacific Northwest tour, sharing the trip with Rachelle DeBelle and the Jamfest Miracles. He returns home to Sacramento with a Torch Club gig on April 8.

Waters’ acrobatic guitar playing is not wasted on audiences.

Waters was introduced to the guitar at age 10 and after a short round of lessons, began his own passage of musical exploration which continues to this day. In front of a growing number of listeners, the young guitarist/vocalist was playing covers of his favorite classics, but as he gained more confidence, began sharing more of his own compositions. His current set lists are now dominated, by originals. 

Waters’ acrobatic guitar playing is not wasted on audiences, as his adroit fingers work the fretboards of his Fender Stratocaster or Gibson Les Paul Gold Top.

Motivated by what he calls “old school rock ’n’ roll, blues and a Bay Area psychedelic kind of thing,” his numerous influences are easily discernable. Some of his motivation came from his guitar heroes: Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Steve Miller, Ronnie Montrose and Joe Satriani. Waters claims Jimi Hendrix is his biggest musical influence, fueled by “his innovative approach and fearless attitude toward music.”  

His view of the Sacramento music scene remains positive despite, as he points out, the loss of the long-standing Sacramento Music Festival. Waters believes the scene will continue to get stronger as more artists work together to support one another and owners of venues follow suit. 

Q & A

All-time favorite song?


"Castles Made of Sand" by Jimi Hendrix.

How do you describe your music to people?


I would describe my music as both uplifting and reflective, in a mix of a vintage and modern blues/rock setting.

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.


When I was 17, I opened for Dokken at Ace Of Spades. We had a sold-out night, and that was my first show in front of a crowd that size. I will always remember that performance, and how I became addicted to the rush of rock 'n' roll and big crowds.

Tell us about your worst gig.


The worst gig I ever played was on my first tour back in the spring of 2018. We were booked from Sacramento all the way to Shoreline, Washington (almost Canada). We finished a show outside of Seattle, and when we got back to Sacramento, we found that we were missing one of my favorite guitars and a drum tom!

What was the first song you learned to play?


"Runnin' Down a Dream" by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers.

What's next for you?


Right now, I am recording my official demo, and I hope to release a single/music video by the end of the year

What's your favorite local artist/group?


Ryder Green, RCA, and The Mockups.

Who are your biggest influences?


Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, Billy Gibbons, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Johnson.

Who first inspired you to play music?


My mom and dad first inspired me to play music. My mom would sing me to sleep when I was a young child, and my dad used to have an old guitar in the house that he would play from time to time.

Words to live by?


Go for your dreams, before your dreams go for somebody else.

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