Zach Casebolt

Zach CaseboltZach Casebolt began playing the violin at the age of ten years old, and the violin has never been the same since. Born and raised in Virginia, he quickly developed an obsession with his instrument, as well as extreme proficiency. His skill as a young performer was quickly noticed, and he began studies at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp as well as the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia. During his high school career, he studied under the legendary virtuoso Isaac Stern, as well as finding time between his studies to tour Europe as a soloist.

After graduating high school, he left his home of eighteen years and moved to Canada to study under world-renowned soloist Ani Kavafian at the prestigious McGill University. Zach discovered a love for commercial music, and quickly began playing every type of music he could get his hands on. Recognizing that he would have to move to a much larger commercial music market, Zach enrolled in the Belmont University Massey School of Music in Nashville, TN.

In January of 2004, he arrived in Nashville and his experimental violin practices quickly separated him from his peers. Straddling the fence between multiple genres, he drew the attention of country legend Jim Ed Brown, and was soon invited to play with him and his
famous group The Browns. Soon after beginning studies at Belmont University, he began playing small sessions with friends, and caught the eye of multi-Grammy award winning artist Roy “Futureman” Wooten of the renowned Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Guest appearing at local gigs with Futureman, he earned a spot as concertmaster and band leader for Futureman on his newest project, The Black Mozart Ensemble. Together, Futureman and Zach have toured the world with the Black Mozart Ensemble playing the Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival in 2006, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, The Fillmore Auditorium, The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and have had two wildly successful tours of India. (see below for video)

Through the Black Mozart Ensemble Zach met and befriended Sam Brooker and Ruby Amanfu. The two were working on a record for Warner Bros./Ryko and asked Zach to write and play strings for the album. The resulting “The Here and the Now” was a critical masterpiece which the Associated Press named “Album of the Year” in 2009. Zach’s work with “Sam & Ruby” is featured in a number of major motion pictures including “Hope Floats” starring Meryl Streep and “The Secret Life of Bees” starring Dakota Fanning. (see below for video)

In 2008 Zach was called to play fiddle for the incomparable Ray Price, and later joined his legendary band The Cherokee Cowboys. With Mr. Price, Zach has played the greatest country music in the world in venues all around the globe ranging from texas dance halls to the Grand Ole Opry. (see video below)

Also a sought after session musician, Zach has worked with the likes of Ashley Monroe (The Pistol Annies), Brendan Benson, The Lost Brothers, 50 Cent, Steve Cropper, Tanya Tucker, Jars of Clay, Third Day, Mandisa, Hawk Nelson, Nicole C. Mullen, Katie Herzig, Brandon Heath, Joshua Payne, and the MuzikMafia to name a few. (see video below)

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