Zach Deputy explores new musical territory

Zach Deputy’s West Coast Tour includes Tuesday stop at the T-Bar Social Club in June Lake.
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Loop master musician Zach Deputy will perform at The June Lake Loop.

A one-man band who plays “island-infused, drum ‘n’ bass, gospel-ninja soul,” Deputy hits the stage at the T-Bar Social Club at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

After an arduous 12-hour cross-country trip that included an hours-long flight delay, Deputy was in Los Angeles Wednesday when he was asked about his plan for the T-Bar show.

“I have no clue what I am going to play,” he laughed. “I consider music like a conversation and I don’t want to premeditate a conversation with anybody. We have an essence that’s beyond the physical nature of the body and you can tap into that with people or with groups of people. I love feeling out an audience and responding to them in conversation with music.”

Deputy started his looping techniques when a bass player in his group failed to show up for a show. An EP, “Red Moon” was released last fall.

His debut album, “Out of the Water” was released in 2008 and his more recent full-length record, “Wash it in the Water,” came out in 2016. The Savannah, Georgia native is clearly a fan of the wet stuff, and he used it as a metaphor to break some news: This spring, Deputy will release his first album with a full band.

“I was brave enough to jump in the water not knowing what was down there,” he said.

The album project began a couple of years ago with a recording session that produced a handful of songs. More sessions followed and included a song entitled “Wilted Dandelion.”

“I went into this not planning on an album,” he said. “After ‘Wilted Dandelion,’ I wanted everything I do to mesh with this tune. I started picking songs to fit the vibe and then the album started making sense. I kind of let the album make itself in a way.

“We tracked it live, not overdubbing a bazillion things or playing to a click track, so the energy is raw and awesome.”

Deputy’s songwriting philosophy has been the same through his career. He wants to document something that he can reflect upon many years later.

“I always want to remember the good times and whatever revelations in life that I have and there’s nothing better for me than a song,” he said.

-Tim Parsons

Zach Deputy
When:
8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25
Where: T-Bar Social Club, 2588 Highway 158, June Lake, California
Phone: (760) 648-7774
Tickets: $15

ABOUT Tim Parsons

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Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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