Veteran studio musician/writer/producer Zac Harmon’s debut studio album, The Blues According To Zacariah, has blues fans wondering what took him so long. This CD is a homecoming of sorts for the California based guitarist born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi.Harmon shows his versatility straight away, kicking off the CD with the rousing gospel of "That Mighty High." After throwing listeners a curve on the opening track, Harmon gets right back to his fastball, straight-ahead blues, on "Sugarman." Sweet licks and a wry sense of humor carry "Who’s’ Knockin" and then Harmon really gets down to business on the Eddie Cotton (a former student of Harmon’s) tune "It’s Cool With Me."
Rising to the level of the material, Harmon seems to save his best singing and playing for the cover songs on this CD - "It’s Cool With Me," Muddy Water’s "Mannish Boy," and "It Hurts Me Too" are all standout tracks. The latter benefits greatly from guest vocals by the amazing Mickey Champion. Also making a guest appearance on this cd is guitarist Gregg Wright, whose incendiary licks illuminate "Comfort Of A Man." Not to be outdone, Harmon follows with soulful vocals and a few hot licks of his own, closing the CD with "A Hole In My Heart." "The Blues According To Zacariah" is good blues and good news for us all.