THE ARTIST: Sutter’s story begins in a dingy garage somewhere in the coastal region of Southern California in 2004. “The acquisition of a retro eight track type tape machine attracted a few high school friends around for a lesson in music making. I just remember turning knobs until the meters jumped. I fell in love with recording,” recalls Sutter.
“I like songs that have some surprises, but that are simple enough that you can sing them around a campfire,” says Sutter Zachman, a 26-year-old California native who signed his first songwriting deal when he was barely old enough to drink. Blessed with a warm and woodsy voice that would have been right at home in 1970s Laurel Canyon, Zachman could be mistaken for one of the neo-folkies who’ve been spreading like wildfire lately. But whether he likes it or not, Zachman paddles down a deeper musical river. His tender melodies take surprising twists and turns, and his songs bear the gentle touch and inquisitive lyrics of an old soul.
Sutter studied the songwriting secrets of old masters like Nick Lowe, Van Morrison and Ron Sexsmith, developing a sound all his own while working odd jobs in small towns across the country, from Lawrence, Kansas to Palm Desert, California. The process brought Zachman full circle back to Los Angeles, where he found a small group of collaborators who helped bring his dreamy new tunes to life.
Ten years on, having been through various different band line-ups along with covering Bob Dylan on National TV (VH1), Sutter Zachman has arrived with an amazing new single to boot, titled, “Back to Sleep”. Backed by his band, La Route, Sutter recreates that authentic roots infused Americana folk sound that adheres to the resurgence of Folk Music from the 60’s and 70’s. Music soaked in that South American experience of sunshine, long evenings and fine whiskey, Back To Sleep will be Sutter’s first release on this side of the Atlantic.
THE BAND: Sutter and La Route joined forces in early 2013 when Cameron Meshell (drums, bass and vocals) and Angela Russell (violin and vocals) teamed up with Sutter to create the magic that is Sutter Zachman and La Route. The trio write, sing and perform together with no added frills. This is modern roots music (think The Civil Wars at lunch with John Denver) at its very best!
That dreaminess is in full effect on “Back to Sleep,” the first single from his forthcoming EP on Modern Roots Music. Produced by Jimmy Sloan (Blind Boys of Alabama), the track swirls around Zachman’s hypnotic vocals, buoyed by an unlikely blend of funky guitar, Cameron Meshell’s sleepy drums and Angela Russell’s sultry violin. Though he’s an unabashedly introspective singer/songwriter, Zachman has also been known to dip into R&B – not unlike one of his earliest influences, Robbie Robertson.
While many of Zachman’s songs are grounded in the well-worn grooves of Americana, his lyrical journeys sometimes evade easy interpretation. “I try to stay open to the words and feelings that move me,” he explains, “and I try not to over-analyze what comes out.”
‘BACK TO SLEEP IS OUT’ ON ITUNES AND MOST DIGITAL SITES FROM APRIL 25TH ONWARDS.