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Zack Wiesinger

Blazing Blues Guitarist Zack Marches to His Own Beat

Rocking out in the concert halls of Europe and the United States opening for and performing with Stevie Vai on the 2007 Sound Theories Tour 20 year old guitarist and song writer Zack Wiesinger achieved international recognition for his talent.  A month before going on tour Zack earned national attention beating out 4,200 guitarists across American to win a close second place in the national The King of the Blues Challenge sponsored by Guitar Centers of America.  This followed his 2006 Albert King Award for “Most Promising Blues Guitarist” at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.  As a member of Stevie Vai’s touring band, Zack appears on two of Vai’s live concert CDs “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Where the Other Wild Things Are” released in 2010.  Zack Wiesinger is virtuoso blues guitarist and composer who has written over 300 pieces.  He has released his recording through Itunes and promotes his them on Youtube, Lastfm. Myspace, and other internet music sites.  He has sold thousands of CD at his live show.  Zack is working on a digital album to be released on Steve Vai’s digital Favored Nations label.

Zack leads with his own band the Zack and the Daves performing at clubs and larger venues across the country.  He has performed at shows with Robert Randolph, Bruce Springsteen, B.B. King, Kenny Wayne Shepard, The Black Crowes, Ten Years After, Hubert Sumlin, and the Ike Reilly Assassination.  On he “Legendary Rhythm and Blues” Cruise he appeared with Kim Wilson, the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Taj Mahal, Tommy Castro, Lil’ Ed  and The Blues Imperials. 

"Zack is a special musician and person. I believe there is a brilliance in him that is immeasurable. He's tremendously creative and marches to the beat of his own drummer." – Steve Vai in a interview with the Tribune Review

Zack Wiesinger was born in West Mifflin.  His mother, a guitarist encouraged Zack and his sister to play.  At age 10 Zack fell in love with the guitar unable to put it down. His mother showed him the basics before getting him private lessons with Joe Rossi. Zack quickly mastered the guitar.  At age 12 his parents took Zack to open stages to perform.  He quickly became the talk of the veteran rock and blues musicians of Pittsburgh who were amazed by his great talent.  He became a regular at the open stage night at Carhops playing with singer Shari Richard and pianist Hermie Granati.  Zack also performed at Moondog’s with Warren King and at open stage nights with guitarist David Granati.  He performed a music festival in Jefferson Borough with the Shari Richards band where he caught the attention of blues singer Jill West who invited him to perform during her set.  Zack later became a member of Jill West and the Blues Attack playing with them for several years while in high school.  He formed his own band Zack and No Slack headlining his own shows around Pittsburgh.  While attending a Grammy Camp in 2005 for young musicians Zack meet Grammy Award-winning guitarist Steve Vai.  Vai became his mentor.  After winning the Albert King Award in 2006 Zack moved to California to pursue his music career.  In LA Zack worked at Steve Vai’s studio and entered the Guitar Center's King of the Blues contest.  Vai invited Zack to perform as the opening act on his 2007 tour and to be a member of his touring band.  Zack played slide guitar for Vai and appears on Vai’s Youtube videos that have been seen by millions.  Zack headlined his own west coast tour in 2008 to promote his album, "Misaligned Mind".  

At the King of the Blues Challenge in LA
Zack on the Steve Vai Tour 2007