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Zan Cantwell
Zan Cantwell
Ashville, NC  USA
December 21, 2006
6,884 plays
Band/artist history
I ran away from home when I was 16 back in 1968 and hitched hiked out to San Francisco from Harrisburg, PA and was part of the last hurrah in the Haight. 1970 I was at the Atlanta International Pop Fest for The Allman Bros debut. Later I hitched back up north to The Powdwr Ridge Festival which was a bust(literally for me). I jumped bail and headed back west and was at a Winterland Dead/Airplane show the night Janis died After things started getting too weird in Frisco I came back to PA and started my first Folk Rock band called Gravel Road, after that did the Bowie/T-Rex glam thing for awhile. At the arrival of disco in the mid 70s I was already starting to gravitate back to my roots so I headed to Nashville but with no luck there, so I returned to PA and there got an offer to join a Power Pop band called The Weasels (see picture) which did well for a few years. After that I reunited with the guitar player from my first band and had a pre-Stray Cats RockaBilly band called The Rock-A-Dials. With the advent of Punk Pop and New Wave I got disgusted with the Radio and enrolled in art school during which I returned to Folk Rock with a band called Common Ground that I managed to keep together for quite a few years in one form or another. The 90s saw The Hornets, Hired Guns and The Brambles. After disbanding The Innocents in 03 I decided to give up the band thing and return to Nashville to concentrate on writing. It's been a long strange trip but I wouldn't change nothin' I left out a lot but that's the whirlwind tour
Have you performed in front of an audience?
I occaisionally play at various writers venues but only to try out new stuff. I fronted a band for over 30 years and I'm sick of it
Your musical influences
Dylan, The Band, Buffalo Springfield,Neil Young, The Byrds, Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, The Everly Bros., Merle Haggard, Townes Van Zandt and Gram Parsons
What equipment do you use?
Gibson Advanced Jumbo, Framus DeLorento, Fender Tele' and Strat, Yamaha DGX505 keyboard, Band In A Box, Native Instruments B4II and Guitar Rig
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