Zinn - Zinfidelity Vol. 1
I remember it well; it was late in 1999. The only
blues band I had even seen was local favorite Pennsylvania
Slim and his blues band. The bass player from Slim's
band told me that Rusty Zinn from CA was playing at
Generations (back when they still did blues shows).
I was skeptical about going but went anyhow. Little
did I realize that seeing Rusty would open up a whole
blues world for me. Needless to say I was TOTALLY
floored by Rusty and his music. Talking to him that
night and listening to his music got me interested
in all the west coast cats I love to listen to these
days. The list goes on and on and continues to grow
but includes Rod Piazza, Rick Estrin, and Mark Hummel.
Had it not been for going to see Rusty, I would not
have the honor of working w/ stlblues.net and I could
have cared less who or what Sonny Boy (Rice Miller)
was to blues! Zinn's latest cd (only one of 4 he has
recorded) is quite a bit different than his traditional
blues compilations. Different isn't a bad thing however
for Rusty. This disc is jazzy, funky, jumpin, and
up-tempo. Plus, Rusty has the kind of voice that is
so sweet and soulful that you can't help but get hooked
regardless of what style he does.
Below is a track list from the CD:
1. Talkin' Bout You- nice background vocals
2. Treat You Like a Queen-jazzy version of the original
from Sittin' & Waitin'
3. Falling In Love Again-slow nice song originally
from The Chill
4. Lucille-grinding version of original tune from
5. Put Your Hand In Mine-upbeat soulful song w/ terrific
6. Get My Hat-my favorite song on the cd; I used to
dig this song way back when Rusty did it w/ the Dynatones!
7. The Real Stuff-true love
8. A Life I Used To Know-slower tune about heartbreak
9. Ain't That Some Shame-sassy tune about what coulda
10. In My Dreams-slow dancin' song and mellow sounding
11. Zinn Bootyism-hilarious lyrics about what type
of women rusty loves best!
12. Love Him Or Leave Him-finger snappin' gets me
every time; diggin' this tune!
Special guests include Randy Bermudes, June Core,
and Bob Welsh all of west coast blues fame. (Little
Charlie & the Nightcats, RJ Mischo, etc.) I liked
this album the first time I heard it. Yes, it's different,
but yes, it's very addictive! I think you will dig
I give this CD a 4.76 of 5 on the STLBluesometer.
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