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Rusty Zinn


Still young, Zinn's a guitarist/singer with an astonishing grasp of blues and R&B and well on his way to becoming a distinctive stylist. A pro since his late teens, he is already a road-hardened veteran of the national and international blues club/festival circuit. Protégé of Muddy Water's former sideman Luther Tucker, his Chicago Blues style of guitar was a big part of Kim Wilson's (Fabulous Thunderbirds) first solo album Tigerman (1993). This association led Zinn to his own record deal and inaugurated his career as a leader. He's a surprisingly adept singer with an expressive tenor voice, but the blues freaks and geeks come out of the woodwork for his guitar playing. His playing runs the gamut, from the sophisticated Jump Blues of Robert Junior Lockwood to low-down greasy Ike Turner-style guitar with nary a wasted note or extraneous phrase. What's beginning to emerge is a singular style that incorporates Chicago Blues, Jump Blues, '50s R&B and '60s Soul into a seamless, genre-defying sound.
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