Multiplatinum-selling rock quartet Shinedown formed in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2001. Guitarist Zach Myers joined as a touring rhthym guitarist in 2005; did a brief stint as bass guitarist on the 2007 departure of Brad Stewart, and switched back to guitar—as a permanent member, this time—in 2008.
Born in Memphis, Tenn., in 1983, Myers became an avid guitarist at age 13 and was strongly influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others in that vein. He was a Beale Street regular and internationally touring blues guitarist by age 14, and had already recorded a pair of albums with the Zack Myers Band before joining Shinedown.
“I’ve been going to rock ‘n’ roll shows and listening to rock ‘n’ roll since I can remember, along with blues and soul music,” Myers said. “Well, then I started playing guitar at 13, and then at 14 the next thing I knew I had a manager, a record deal and a band.”
Myers still plays in the longstanding trio he founded, the Fairwell, but his main focus remains on Shinedown.
“I’ve been in the band since 2005, and Brent and Barry (Shinedown drummer Barry Kerch) have been my best friends. I look forward to many years and leaving blood on the stage every night with these guys. We’re all just grateful that anyone is listening.”