About Zach

[Here is a little about my history, my experience, and my gear.]

I picked up the guitar at age ten, inspired by my dad’s love of music. Throughout my high school years in Kansas I studied with Kevin May of Roomful of Blues. Like many aspiring teenage guitarists I grew as a player in high school jazz bands, state bands, and bands of my own.

I continued my studies in Jazz Guitar at Wichita State University, a program well-known for the work of Jerry Hahn. From there, I studied Commercial Music at South Plains College in Levelland, TX, of which alumni include Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, Leann Womack, Ron Block of Allison Krauss & Union Station, Matt Jenkins, Jerrod Nieman, and Jed Hughes, a guitarist for Keith Urban.

While attending SPC, I taught for David Brandon, a well-known classical guitarist who co-published reputable materials with Christopher Parkening.

While still a student, I was asked to come on staff to teach private guitar and lead Rock and R&B Ensembles at the college. I stayed on staff at South Plains College from 2000 to 2005 before moving to Los Angeles, and eventually Nashville.

I have played with many independent artists both in the studio and live and am currently a session player for Diff’rent Wirld Productions, and have played as lead guitarist for BlissBlissand hit songwriters and up-and-coming country band, The Henningsens. I also perform originals as a duo with my wife, singer-songwriter, Joni Nichols.

We live in Middle Tennessee with our two young children and hope to have more.

Though blues is my love, I enjoy playing and teaching all styles.


I’ve played live in all genres–blues, rock, pop, folk, country, jazz, funk, worship, etc.

The Henningsens
Matt Jenkins
Chuck Elmore
Jason Minton
Joni Nichols
Tom and Sherry Green
Rocky Green
Caleb Jude Green
Jay Lemon
Rhonda Dover


This is the gear I currently use:


  • 1960 Reissue Gibson Les Paul Gold Top
  • Gretsch Tennessee Rose (with Filtertron pickups)
  • Taylor 610 CE


  • Fender Super Reverb (Silver Face circa ’68 with black face innards)
  • Fender Twin Reverb (Silver Face with master volume circa ’70)
  • Fender Blues Junior (Limited Edition Tweed with Jensen speaker)
  • Bad Cat Hot Cat 30R 112 Combo


  • George L’s
  • Powered by 1Spot, soon-to-be Voodoo Labs Pedal Power II
  • Home Brew Electronics UFO (Ultimate Fuzz Octave)
  • Vintage Boss CE2 Chorus
  • Full Tone OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Drive)
  • Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer
  • Dunlop Cry Baby
  • Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
  • Ibanez CS9 Stereo Chorus
  • Boss TR-2 Tremolo
  • Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
  • Pedal Train board & case



Zach w/ Cliff & Cathy Major at Rockin’ Daddy’s in Wichita, KS 2010


Zach @ a Bliss Bliss House Concert circa 2008


I had a bright idea in the Waylon Jennings studio.

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