ZAC STOKES PLOTS NEW DIRECTION AND SOUND WITH RECKLESS.
Zac Stokes is ready and poised. He’s in the studio, guitar on one knee. “Lets get this rolling” he growls. Bart Rose, engineer and producer of Fort Worth Sound, gives the thumbs up that he’s recording. Today, Zac is finishing up the acoustic tracks for his upcoming album, Reckless. The eight song album is coming together, aided by experienced studio musicians and Zac’s new partner, Cold Hammer Stills Records. As in Cold Hammer Stills, the liqueur brand that feature tantalizing pin-up girls and flavors like Chocolate Peanut Butter, Almond Enjoy and Gas Light Cinnamon. Cold Hammer Stills Records was built on owner Dan Vallot’s experiences with another artist, Justin Ross. Dan had such a wonderful experience with Justin on a song collaboration – featuring the brand’s name as the title – that Dan and his marketing whiz, Cliff Thrasher, began looking for their next project.
Zac Stokes became a starting point for doing something bigger, a full length album that fits the edginess of Cold Hammer Stills. They’re taking their hard work to Sturgis, SD for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. That first week of the 10 Day festival, Zac and Cold Hammer Stills will be dropping the new album to the half million people who attend the annual event. Before that, he will be doing a series of release shows up to the famed biker rally, beginning with a hometown show in Fort Worth. Be on the look out for more details on Zac’s social media for those shows.
Reckless features Zac’s Texas Party attitude. A southern rock meets Pantera vibe that will get your fist pumping and your heart pounding. He lets you know its in his DNA on Outlaw in My Genes, wishing he could hang with Dime Bag Darryl, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Paycheck with a screaming guitar that name drops Cold Hammer Still’s popular flavor, Black Widow. Lead guitarist Shane Hudson puts the power behind the track, giving us a taste of his hard rock leanings. He keeps it going through Famous White Line, a swampy blues tune that shows off bassist Patrick Smith’s low end talents and the drumming of Ryan Edwards.
Not everything is melt your face off rock, though. Fans of Shake Music TV will know Zac’s Shake Bootleg Series session, which featured a live cover of Charlie Daniels Band’s Long Haired Country Boy. He revisits the track with a studio version and it doesn’t disappoint as a homage to the original country rocker. Messed Up Mountain is a groovy tune about regretting that hangover, featuring a crunchy riff that comes off as Santana meets Red Dirt. We also get Drinking Away Lonely, a classic Honky Tonk style cry-in-your-beer which will sure to become jukebox favorite along with the love song You Make Me Want More.
Zac gets a little personal on the intimate song, Diana, which was inspired by one of his fan’s struggles with amphetamines. The tune has been receiving lots of praise from fans for addressing a topic that has lost prominence in the media. Zac’s hopes are for more people to be touched by the song and seek help for their addictions.