Guitarist Zane Carney’s musical journey started at an early age.
Following a four-year stint as a star on a Nineties sitcom, the former child actor dabbled with guitar before deciding to retire from the acting craft to begin seriously honing his guitar skills.
With a new-found perspective and an appreciation for jazz greats like Wes Montgomery, Carney’s work ethic, combined with a ravenous appetite for music theory, would eventually lead him to some pretty notable gigs, including working as guitarist for the Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn off The Dark and collaborating with the likes of Bono and Justin Timberlake.
In addition to Carney’s current job as touring guitarist for John Mayer, he recently released two solo albums. The first, Confluence, is an inspired collection of songs showcasing his strength as a vocalist and songwriter. Amalgam, which was released in February, is a dynamic, guitar-driven instrumental album emphasizing Carney’s virtuosity and improvisation.
I recently spoke with Carney about his music, working with Mayer and his affinity for Musicvox guitars.
How would you describe your album Confluence?
It’s a little bit of a “growing pains” kind of sound, it’s about me searching for my own voice. It was the discovery of something that would allow me to express myself as a solo artist and a mixture of the many of the different styles of jazz and blues that inspired me.
What was the writing process like for that record?
I always try to use a different process for each song I write. For instance, the song “Fade to Black” was inspired by listening to a lot to Neil Young’s After the Goldrush. I was also reading a lot of T.S. Eliot at the time and felt like writing poetry. For the song “Talk to Me Baby,” I had already had the title lyric in mind and just expounded on what that thought meant to me.
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