Mostly working on a new album this fall, but getting out for some shows as well. More details forthcoming (and shoot us a message if the show location seems undetermined, or if you want to talk about putting something together).

SEPTEMBER 20 2016 | 7:00 DOOR
Norfolk, VA — TBA
DOOR $10 | Z

SEPTEMBER 21 2016 | 7:00 DOOR
Charlottesville, VA — The Farm House
TICKETS $10-$12 | Z

SEPTEMBER 22 2016 | 7:00 DOOR
Washington, DC — House Show
DOOR $10 | Z

SEPTEMBER 23 2016 | 7:00 DOOR
Gettysburg, PA — Waldo’s & Company
DOOR $5-10 donations | Z

SEPTEMBER 24 2016 | 7:30 DOOR, 8:00 MUSIC
Williamsport, PA

Rochester, NY

OCTOBER 7 2016
Oklahoma City, OK — The Graves House – House Show

Eureka Springs, AR — Berean Coffee House

Kansas City, MO

NOVEMBER 11 2016 | TBA
Oklahoma City — The Basement
DOOR TBA | Z + Cedar House + Philip Rice

Oklahoma City, OK – House Show
DOOR TBA | Z supporting Page CXVI

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North American Caravan-01

6.7 Flagstaff, AZ w/ Tow’rsTICKETS
6.9 Phoenix, AZ w/ Tow’rs – TICKETS
6.10 San Diego, CA – TICKETS
6.11 Vista, CA – TICKETS
6.13 Laguna Beach, CA – TICKETS
6.14 Ojai, CA – TICKETS
6.18 Los Angeles, CA – TICKETS
6.19 San Luis Obispo, CA – DETAILS
6.21 San Jose, CA – TICKETS
6.22 San Francisco, CA
6.24 Redding, CA w/ Strahan – TICKETS
6.30 Bend, OR – TICKETS
7.2 Portland, OR w/ Evan Way & The Only Light BandTICKETS
7.5 Seattle, WA – TICKETS
7.12 Spokane, WA – TICKETS
7.13 Bozeman, MT – DETAILS
7.16 Lander, WY – TICKETS
7.17 Fort Collins, CO – TICKETS
7.22 Lafayette, CO + A Boy & His Kite – TICKETS
7.23 Denver, CO – opener: Phillip MarkTICKETS
7.27 Lakewood, CO – TICKETS
7.29 Colorado Springs, CO – TICKETS

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Texas + Spring Shows

Texas Toast

Before we head west this summer, I’ll be getting out on some solo shows. Furthest south: Houston. Furthest north: Montreal. Hope to see you on the road!

APRIL 27 2016 | 7:00
House Show – McWhorter House — Dallas, TX
TICKETS | Z + Paul Demer

APRIL 28 2016 | 7:00
House Show – Hooper House — Houston, TX
TICKETS | Z + Gatlin Elms

APRIL 29 2016 | 7:00
House Show – Flowers House — Austin, TX
TICKETS | Z + Cari Quoyeser

APRIL 30 2016 | 7:00
House Show – Edisyn House — Waco, TX
TICKETS | Z + Aspen

MAY 1 2016 | 7:00
House Show – Marshall House — Denton, TX

MAY 11 2016 | 7:00
House Show – Mattfield House — OKC, OK (map)
TICKETS | Z + Ian Thornton

MAY 13 2016 | DOORS: 6:30, MUSIC: 7:00
House Show – Kao House — Norman, OK (map)
*Donations will be accepted for the Winters’ send off | Z&L + Jonny & Rachel Hupp

MAY 19 2016 | 8:00
Private Show — Montreal, QC
N/A | Z

MAY 20 2016 | TBA
House Show — Montreal, QC

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Sharing my tangelo {an analogy?}

So it’s a bit hot for late March and I decide to head to the porch to enjoy a juicy, cold tangelo. In a moment, I realize that my son will be right behind me, at the front door asking “Could I have some of your tangelo, please dad?” And I think of how neither one of us will get the full amount that we actually want. Yet, saying “No, son — no tangelo for you,” seems cruel and selfish. But here’s the kicker — there are more tangelos in the refrigerator… So saying no to my son isn’t mean. In fact, if we have a plethora of tangelos, saying “no” and telling him to get his own isn’t cruel — it’s empowering.

– Z

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Texas Shows


APRIL 27 2016 | 7:00
House Show – McWhorter House — Dallas, TX

APRIL 28 2016 | 7:00
House Show – Hooper House — Houston, TX

APRIL 29 2016 | 7:00
House Show – Flowers House — Austin, TX

APRIL 30 2016 | 7:00
House Show – Edisyn House — Waco, TX

MAY 1 2016 | 7:00
House Show – Marshall House — Denton, TX


Pumped to head to Texas for some intimate solo house shows. Playing some new and old songs on this run… Not many tickets for these shows, so guarantee your spot and buy early!


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Meaning. I’m drawn to a felt meaning in things. What did they mean when they wrote this? Is meaning a mere temporary value I ascribe to things? Is meaning something I fabricate, or something I discover?

The root of “meaning” is tied to “signify”, “say” and “tell”. Perhaps we might even say that a stone found in the forest means something to us… Perhaps it tells of a trail we were trying to follow. Or maybe the stone was given to us as a gift from a loved one, and finding it is an occasion of great meaning.

And that meaning is important, but in my heart, I am searching for more than just a circumstantial meaning. Circumstantial meaning is of great value and life is rich with it, but I’m on a quest for a source meaning, an ultimate meaning. When I follow the meanings, the sign posts, they seem to be telling the story (perhaps more a story than a concise conclusion I’ll stumble upon in some hidden cave). And the living meaning of these things is bound up in their meaning-giver—their storyteller.

There is something animate in the story—for we are ultimately after the storyteller, yet he is also telling forth a story, filled with meaning, and being near him is a revelation of light by which we can see so much other meaning. Hiding behind rocks and trees, much lies in shadow—but if we could see as the sun, every face would be alight. When we find the storyteller, we find our treasure, we find the earth from which all meaning grows. But it’s as if he wants us to know him, to be near to him, to hear and be able to recognize his voice, to stand and look at the story pouring forth from his lips—a living story with living meaning… and all that to enter the story—for we are part of it, part of its meaning, and living in this root story brings about meaning like rain and good soil bring forth fruit.

Meaning is valuable, and we can see it apart from knowing the storyteller. But when we know him, the meaning in our lives blossoms like spring on faces hidden through winter.

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“Fernweh (Shore)” — MUSICBED SESSIONS

Psyched to share this live video we filmed at Musicbed Headquarters. And a special thanks to our friends Amber Mattfield (violin) & Caleb Friesen (percussion) for breathing more life into it.

“There’s something communal about Zach Winters’ music, a hushed experience best seen, heard, and felt within an arm’s reach. His music is a blend of acoustic folk that goes beyond Americana to something even more native. Zach’s song, ‘Fernweh (Shore)’, begged to be shared while he played in our studio, like people gathering around a warm fire.” — Musicbed

License this song and more by Zach Winters on Musicbed: https://www.musicbed.com/artists/zach-winters/43238

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2015 Highlights

States Travelled in 2015

States Travelled in 2015

2015 was a dream year—we’re looking forward to what 2016 will bring. Here are some our favorite moments and highlights:

– Sharing the stage with some musical marvels: Josh Garrels, JOHNNYSWIM, Will Reagan, A Boy & His Kite, Aaron Strumpel, Holly Arrowsmith, Jason Barrows, and others.
– Opening a show at House of Blues in Chicago to one of the most attentive audiences we’ve ever had
– Bringing family & “franny” on an epic musical road trip to Maine and back, helping us play in 27 states
– Getting some sweet song placements (like this one) through MUSICBED
– Producing a forthcoming live album for an amazing church community
– Picking up a handmade classical guitar, and touring through Australia & New Zealand with new friends Mike & Holly
– Meeting heaps of wonderful people through music via the 54 shows we played this year
– Releasing 2 more collaborations under Love Your Neighbor—April & May
– Releasing Monarch Sketches with some of the beloved b-sides from Monarch
– And last, but not least, having baby #3 on the way :)

And some of our favorite music from this year:

– Anoushka Shankar: Home & this show
– Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal: Chamber Music (here’s a track)
– Holly Arrowsmith: The River EP + For the Weary Traveller
– The Innocence Mission: Hello, I Feel the Same (listen to this one)
– Karla Adolphe: Honeycomb Tombs
– Jason Barrows: Islands of My Soul
– Josh Garrels: Home
– Love Your Neighbor: April (the only project I’ve been a part of that I put on for reading…)
– Luluc: Passerby
– Paul Simon: Graceland
– Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell
– Tiny Ruins: My Brightly Painted One
– United Pursuit: Hidden

Happy New Year, people!

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We’re making plans to saddle up and head West in summer 2016! We’re putting together a tour that will take us through the Southwest, along the West Coast, and across the Rocky Mountains.

If you or anyone you know have interest in hosting/helping to put together a show- contact me via the CONTACT PAGE.

We’re looking to play in:


#hollaatme #westcoast #leftside #pnw #americathebeautiful #zachwinters #wintersmigration

hug hug,

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Monarch Sketches

I’m releasing MONARCH SKETCHES a year after Monarch was released. It’s a collection of the b-sides, demos, and sketches that ultimately informed the album.

It’s so important to my creative process to have freedom to make mistakes and explore different ideas – with no one watching. In a word, they’re imperfect, and are probably best appreciated as a raw artifact.

Can you dig it? (My wife apparently can – all the demos have >100 plays on our iTunes ☺️)

Available only on NoiseTrade & Bandcamp.

Enjoy, and happy anniversary,

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Josh Garrels + JOHNNYSWIM + Musicbed

let's sing some songs

TEXAS! My wife and I will be heading your way to share some shows with Josh Garrels. Check the dates and come sing with us! On the way back home, we’ll be doing a Live Session at Musicbed Headquarters.

BUT WAIT—THERE’S MORE! I’ll be joining JOHNNYSWIM for an intimate concert at Parmer Hall at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. Fun times in November… Hope to catch some of you at some of these shows.

NOVEMBER 5 2015 | Doors: 7:00, Show: 8:00 (VIP & Early Entry Available)
Emo’s — Austin, TX
TICKETS ($20-35) | Z&L supporting Josh Garrels

NOVEMBER 6 2015 | Doors: 7:00, Show: 8:00 (VIP & Early Entry Available)
Common Grounds — Waco, TX
TICKETS ($20-35) | Z&L supporting Josh Garrels

NOVEMBER 7 2015 | Doors: 7:00, Show: 8:00 (VIP & Early Entry Available)
Warehouse Live — Houston, TX
TICKETS ($19-35) | Z&L supporting Josh Garrels

NOVEMBER 9 2015 | 7:30
Music Bed Session — Fort Worth, TX (map)
FREE | Z&L w/ friends

NOVEMBER 13 2015 | Doors: 7:00, Show: 8:00
Parmer Hall at Messiah College — Mechanicsburg, PA (map)
TICKETS ($8 w student ID – $25 General Admission) | Z supporting JOHNNYSWIM


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