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SHINEDOWN GUITARIST EMBARKS ON SOLO TOUR, TALKS NEXT RECORD

Shinedown guitarist Zach Myers has just launched his first solo acoustic tour, accompanied only by friend and fellow singer-songwriter Chris Allen. According to Gibson.com, the trek kicked off last Thursday (March 3rd) in Toledo, Ohio, and will stretch through the end of the month. The pair play their own songs, some covers, and only a few Shinedown tunes. Myers said, “I can’t sing like (Shinedown frontman) Brent Smith. He’s the greatest singer on the earth. I can’t do what he does, so I couldn’t do some of our songs justice. I’ll do a couple of Shinedown songs, but not really the singles. Just the Shinedown songs that are my personal favorites.”

Myers also shed some light on Shinedown’s fourth studio album, which the band is now working on in Los Angeles. He said they have about 14 songs written, but won’t begin recording until late summer, with a 2012 release expected.

The guitarist said about the band’s songwriting process, “We aren’t a band that goes into the studio and makes a record in six weeks. (2008 album) The Sound Of Madness took 24 months to write. Brent has this weird thing when we’re writing, we go into the studio, and there are no clocks around; there are no calendars on the wall. He doesn’t like to have a time limit on being creative.”

Confirmed Zach Myers / Chris Allen tour dates (subject to change):
March 5 – Detroit, MI – Rack ‘n Roll Club
March 6 – Kent, OH – JB’s
March 8 – Richmond, VA – Alley Katz
March 9 – Charlotte, NC – Amos South End
March 10 – Fayetteville, NC – Rock Shop
March 11 – Raleigh, NC – The Berkley
March 12 – Memphis, TN – Hard Rock Cafe
March 13 – Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s
March 17 – Clarksville, TN – The Warehouse
March 18 – Cookeville, TN – Cookeville Expo
March 19 – Chattanooga, TN – The Camp House
March 20 – Nashville, TN – The Rutledge
March 22 – Augusta, GA – The Vue
March 24 – Tupelo, MS – Lucky Joe’s
March 26 – Jackson, MS – Club Fire
March 27 – Natchitoches, LA – Bourbon Cree