The Zuzu Welsh Band

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Dammit son!! I'm officially dubbing you as the the East Tn King Of Blues!

Fault Line

Fault Line is the debut release from Asheville's own Zuzu Welsh Band.  This band can rock it out, folks!  Zuzu Welsh does the writing, but the real star here is the musical collective of these fine musicians.  They have two of the most gifted lead guitarists in western North Carolina.  Zuzu's playing is rooted in the blues and plays with a passion much like Eric Clapton.  Abbot Grivich compliments Zuzu perfectly with workman like precision and a southern rock feel.  Vocalist Bobby Hicks brings energy and grit to the sound.  The rhythm section of Dana Koone on percussion and Johnny Haisman on bass fill out and drive the rocking beat of the band.  If you like your rock served with Carolina cooking and a dash of blues , then you need to give this cd a listen.  The Zuzu Welsh Band deserves to be heard! -

The Blueshound, Asheville Free Media WSLM-FM 103.3 Asheville.  May 13, 2016

To read a review of our first CD, The Road Less Traveled, click here:

“A beautiful CD of rock blues folk with insightful lyrics and great arrangements. You should be on Austin City Limits my friend. The entire CD kicks ass”- Sinn McTavish, Online Review (Nov 19, 2014)

“Damn you Zuzu for being so catchy! "My past is just the past...." This album has something to help anyone and everyone 'Embrace Life' ! Thank you Zuzu Welsh Band”- The Geezer, Artist International Independent Radio (Nov 16, 2014)

The Zuzu Welsh Band

The Zuzu Welsh Band is a high-energy band specializing in classic, southern and blues rock, blending your favorites with originals principally penned by the band's namesake, Zuzu Welsh. With two CDs and over 300 shows under our belts since our first appearance at Brevard College's 2014 homecoming celebration, we are a tight, seasoned unit guaranteed to please for any events. 
Over these past four years the band has appeared in Nashville, Knoxville, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Bristol, Florence SC and even as far away as Lakeland FL and has shared the stage with acts as diverse as Mind Shape Fist, The Kimberly White Project, Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats, The Travers Brothership, Jimmy Landry, Terry Phillips, Pam Taylor, Ashley Heath, The Cliff Wheeler Band, The Dround Hounds, Paper Crowns, Riyen Roots, and many more. Zuzu Welsh has been playing guitar since the 1970s, performing in a variety of bands doing everything from traditional mountain music to alternative rock and roll. Influenced by everyone from Eric Clapton and George Harrison to Vince Gill and John Prine, his style is all his own. Johnny Haisman plays bass from a background in hardcore metal music. In addition to playing with the Zuzu Welsh Band, Johnny is guitarist with Asheville-area band My Blue Hoodie.
Lea Anna Bright has been playing drums for a number of years and is also an accomplished guitarist and songwriter. She plays not just with us but also with Asheville-based Hierlum, and has an excellent reputation as a solid team player behind the kit.
Brandon Bailey has been involved in music his entire life as a performer, writer, arranger, sound engineer, and promoter. Tremendously talented on guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, vocally... his talents seemingly are limitless and he brings to the band a whole new dimension with his ability to hear songs from a new perspective and make truly constructive suggestions that he can actually demonstrate himself. His entry into the group has opened up everything we do.
Together, the band brings a tight solid sound to the stage with a keen ear towards adjusting to what the audience is enjoying, while presenting the mixture of cover and original material. With top-notch musicianship, well-crafted originals and a collection of cover tunes you are sure to enjoy, the band’s primary goal is for the audience to have a great time. For more information, please visit:


"Belly Of The Beast"
"That guitar playing would make Eric Clapton proud, somewhere he is giving two thumbs up right now" - Ray Brown,

"...innocent and vulnerable..."

"Hey man. Finally got the chance to sit down and listen to the cd the other day. I really dig it. I love how personal the songs are, and how you can't place this cd in any one genre of music. It's very innocent and vulnerable, but in a way that says it's that way because that's how you want it. You can really tell it in the harmonies especially. Good job man. Something to be proud of." - Mat Sigmon, Berklee School of Music

“Jstn Green, of Just An Expression: "I should also mention at this point that My Hero is one of the best songs I have ever heard in that genre. Right up there with Cat's in the Cradle, and Leader of the Band. Your Dad should be so pleased."”- Jstn Green, Facebook (Oct 10, 2014)

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