Photo by Chuck Marshall
Sometimes traditional--sometimes bringing a new sound to a familiar tune, Zachariah Malachi is as genuine a honky tonk artist as any we've previously heard. Growing up outside of Detroit while being part of a family of East Tennesseans, Zachariah was obsessed with the lonesome moan of Hank Williams. Picking up rhythm guitar at an adolescent age, he strived to be a hillbilly singer like many of his mentors. On many Fridays and Saturdays, you could find him singing in local bars before he was even of age to taste any whiskey.
In his early 20s, you could catch him anywhere from the Metro Detroit area to the suburbs of Chicago and Indiana fronting a country punk band called Hook N Krooks. It was during this time that Zachariah's songwriting skills appeared at their Genesis and local publications took notice of the hybrid styles they were hearing:
"There's an appropriately dirty feel to the whole record, sort of like a '70s exploitation flick, or a modern equivelant like The Devil's Rejects. Lots of fun though" - Detroit's MetroTimes
In 2018, Zachariah started a band geared more towards his serious love for honky tonk music. It was then that The Hillbilly Executives became the band that always backed Zachariah on the road. With The Hillbilly Executives, Zachariah had a chance to play all of his favorite venues in the Detroit area, even opening for Patti Smith at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. He loved his hometown, but it was time for him to make the pilgrimage to Nashville.
Upon Zachariah's first few stays in town, he caught the attention of Gus Arrendale of Springer Mountain Farm Chicken (a sponsor of the Grand Ole Opry and 650 AM WSM), and Gus graciously offered to finance Zachariah's first album. With legendary guitarist Jimmy Capps as producer, Local Bar Opry Star was shaping to be a top notch Nashville record with the best of the modern A-Team to back it while striving to bring a sound to the table that country music longs to get back to as well as a splash of the eccentricity that only someone like Zachariah can dish.
Currently, Zachariah lives in Nashville with the family of Pop-A-Top legend Jim Ed Brown. He is wrapping up his debut record and singing downtown at Robert's Western World with a band called the Tennessee Walkers.
A short solo acoustic set done at the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.
"Sometimes it only takes one song. That's all you need to know that an artist is in your ballpark, musically. If it so happens the first picture you see of them they're wearing a vintage-looking Western shirt with smiley pockets and the kind of snazzy neckerchief that hasn't been even considered stylish attire by country singers since Hank Snow was still on the charts - even better. Oh, and his band is are called The Hillbilly Executives - better still. That's how it was with Zachariah Malachi."