Zach Linley and Rebel Daredevils


Zach Linley and Rebel Daredevils

Most would agree most popular artists out there have something truly special to give to their fans. This goes above the typical attributes like raw talent, amazing songs, nice voice, or even a very Americana/Marketable look, sound and image. There’s something truly infectious at the core of these artists that simply makes us feel good when we listen to them. Whatever “it” is – they all seem to have “it”.

Today I listened to the latest EP “What It Takes” from Illinois based band Zach Linley and Rebel Daredevils, headed up by one: Zach Linley. Venturing to the Internet I get the impression this guy is a diamond in the rough making quite a name for himself thus far in his musical career. Linley and company definitely knows how to capture your full undivided attention with his passionate messages and rocking tunes. He has received much in the way of critical acclaim thus far in his musical career.  Let me go on record by saying if you haven’t heard of Zach Linley and the Rebel Daredevils you will soon. From start to finish “”What It Takes” (EP) is a very “home-brew” musical statement from start to finish. It’s clearly marketed for those who like the male fronted rock band that will remind you of The Black Crows in their heyday but also hints of Toby Keith and classic Randy Travis. Lindley holds his own behind the microphone, and is an impressive performer. He’s clearly being himself as an artist and is one artist that can be powerful yet positive all at the same time. Take Track 1 for example ”Cold Dead Hands” this is no doubt a strong battle cry for many in this nation right now regarding Fire Arms – and I’ll leave it at that. Track 2 “Don’t Forget” keeps things moving with a grooving rock ditty with a powerful message. “Honkey Tonk Heaven” downshifts a bit with impressive Piano and methodical intro. “Sick and Tired” and “What it Talkes” are my two favorite tracks on the EP.

Criticism: Linley needs more finesse behind the microphone at times. There are times he is really in your face with the vocals way to out front within the mix. He needs to dial down the intensity a tad and gradually build his vocal intensity towards the chorus.

Every second of this latest release possesses an amazing feel/spirit and soul and delivers solid production value. All production touches are rock solid. Again I see Linley possessing serious potential with his overall persona, amazing writing touch and nitty gritty voice. This latest release showcases a hot new collection of tracks and if the Americana masses tap into Linley could be like pouring gasoline on fire with some of these track and lyrics. In close most famous artists out there have “it” I’m not so sure what it but Zach Linley definitely has whatever “it” may be.


Michael Ricks