Zachariah Malachi released his debut single, “Local Bar Opry Star” today, the culmination of a dream creative process. In fact, this new artist’s entire story is a dream come true. Residing in Nashville with the family of “Pop a Top” country music star Jim Ed Brown, Malachi self-penned “Local Bar Opry Star.” In addition, the song was produced by the late Opry legend, guitarist Jimmy Capps and Michele Capps at TMC Recording Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Mixing was done by Mark Capps.
Some of the biggest A-list studio musicians in the business lent a hand in the recording as well. Included on the record are the talents of Jimmy Capps (acoustic/electric guitar), Greg Ritchie (drums), Dave Pomeroy (bass), Andy Leftwich (fiddle), Tim Atwood (piano), Charlie McCoy (vibraphone) and Chris Scruggs (steel guitar).
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Malachi was obsessed with the sound of Hank Williams and picked up rhythm guitar as an adolescent. You could find him singing in local bars on weekends, even before he was old enough to drink whiskey, striving to become a hillbilly music star like many of his idols.
“Writing and recording a song regarding the Grand Ole Opry, then having Jimmy Capps as a producer is the rawest occurrence of country music serendipity. I was from the local bar and Jimmy was the Opry star. Having his guidance on this was a rite of passage.” ~ Zachariah Malachi
“Musically, it sounds to me like Zachariah is standing on the crossroads of Roots Country and Americana, however he is forging his own path and the road ahead looks like a path well-chosen. His sound is fresh, yet reminiscent of yesterday. His stories are not new, but you have never heard them told this way before. Give him a listen, I think you will like what you hear!” ~ Jeannie Seely
Written from the perspective of what it’s like to be a small town’s country singer, “Local Bar Opry Star” was the best possible introduction Malachi could write about himself before really jumping into the music industry. Playing any local venue around the Detroit area, he would step up to the microphone and transform into an Opry star that audiences could remember from the back in the old days. His music would either make the venue a smoke-filled barroom or the Ryman Auditorium, leaving it all up to the listener’s imagination.
“Yes, I’m here in the low places with the rest of all your friends
And I’ll croon another drinkin’ song like ‘Pop a Top’ again.
This smoky room’s a fortress, a hillbilly alcazar.
‘Cause I’m this local bar’s Grand Ole Opry star.
Yes, I’m this local bar’s Grand Ole Opry star.”
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