We’re starting the year off with a bang, and are excited to present Jerrett Zoch and the OSR Band in our first Artist Spotlight of the year! We’ve been following these guys for a while now, and are eager to see what 2016 has in store for them! Their brand new sophomore album, “Kings and Queens”, is by far the best product the band has put out to date, and shows a big leap from their first effort. The songwriting, the vocals, and the music, all show the growth artists strive to show between their first two productions, and present an electrifying energy that doesn’t let you go. The album is exciting, fun, and easy to listen to; we recommend you grab a copy of the album, buckle your seat-belt and hit play!
They’ve just released the lead single, “I’m Done”, to radio and it made impact on the charts this week! The track is one of our favorites and gives the listener a great idea of what to expect on the rest of the album! Our other favorite tracks are the title track, “Kings and Queens”, “Leaving on Her Mind” and “Sippin’ on that Shine”!
We had a chance to chat with front-man Jerrett Zoch about all the excitement that’s happening, and here’s what he had to say:
Texas Music Pickers: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Jerrett Zoch: Jerrett Zoch and the OSR Band is:
Jerrett Zoch (Centerville, TX): Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Daniel Huggins (Centerville, TX): Lead Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Logan Mehringer (Teague, TX): Bass Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Berny Herrera (Jewett, TX): Drums/Percussion
Anthony Wells (Winnie, TX): Tour Management, Merchandise, Tech
Jerrett Zoch and the OSR Band is a 4-piece band from Huntsville, Texas specializing in high energy, down home Texas Music. Our style of music comes from various music styles including Traditional Country, Southern Rock, Blues, Americana, and Texas Country. We have been rocking crowds from all over Texas and Louisiana since 2012. Our first record, self-titled “Jerrett Zoch and the OSR Band” was released at the end of 2013 and enjoyed moderate success. Our first record afforded us the opportunity to get out on the road and learn more about our music while forming some incredible friendships with other professionals in the business. During early 2015 we were fortunate enough to be introduced to the great folks at Rosewood Studios in Tyler, Texas. We were fortunate enough to work with Philip Mosley, (who has done work with our friends from the East Texas hard rock group “Blacktop Mojo”) on producing our new record. With Phil’s technical expertise and the hard work we put in over the previous years we were able to spend the summer of 2015 producing our new 2016 record “Kings and Queens”. This is hands down the pinnacle of our efforts so far and we really hope our fans and friends in the industry enjoy listening to the variety we have on this record.
TMP: Who would you describe as musical influences?
JZ: Due to the various musical styles we enjoy listening to, this list could be a really long one. To keep things simple we have narrowed down the list quite a bit. Growing up and in the early stages of the band we were greatly influenced by Reckless Kelly, Wade Bowen, Stoney Larue, Randy Rogers, and Pat Green. These fellas have been so successful in our “genre” for the longest time and we find ourselves trying to watch and learn from them any chance we get. We also are greatly influenced by Whiskey Myers. Not only by their sound and musical skill but also the fact that they started as a local East Texas band out of Palestine, Texas. Palestine is not far from where we grew up and seeing the success Whiskey has had makes us extremely proud to be from East Texas. Other influences include traditional country artists such as Merle Haggard, Gary Stewart, Keith Whitley, and probably our favorite “sound” to listen to while on the road, The Eagles.
TMP: How would you describe your style of music?
JZ: We aim to incorporate various styles of music both into our songwriting and the overall music. These days everyone seems intent on putting a label on your style in an effort to try to group you into a genre. We as a group take pride in being able to offer a variety of sounds to our listeners. At heart, we love nothing more than high-energy fun southern rock tunes that make you feel good inside. We also appreciate the “roots” feel of twang and traditional country, the heartfelt imagery and passion of folk songwriter music, and the unique sounds that we tend to constantly experiment with and we try to blend all of those into our sound as well. When talking with folks in the industry we tell them we aim to make our own unique brand of “Texas Music” that has a sound of its own.
TMP: Tell us about the new album, “Kings and Queens”
JZ: Kings and Queens is the highlight of our musical career so far. We began writing the tracks for Kings and Queens not long after the release of our first album. We wanted to offer a variety of sounds to our audience in an effort to show them not only what we are capable of, but also the music that we like to play. As stated above we love high-energy songs that get people moving on the dance floor or even tapping a steering wheel while cruising along in their vehicles. Songs like “Sippin On Shine” and “Turn It On” are a tribute to the backwoods country-rock “Whiskey Myers” type sound that has influenced us in the past. Slower ballads such as “If She Aint Heaven”, “Still Not Over You”, and “Leaving On Her Mind” showcase our ability to share our personal experiences in a way that others may relate to as well. Then there are tracks such as “I’m Done”, “On My Way”, Kings and Queens”, “Everything I Need” and “Getaway” that each have a unique vibe in their own right. This record is the “Swiss Army Knife” of the OSR Band sound and we love getting feedback from fans and professionals in the industry.
TMP: What do you have planned for album release tour?
JZ: We are so excited to be back on the road promoting this record during first quarter 2016. We have a boatload of new venues on the schedule, complete with acts supporting some of the best in the business such as Wade Bowen, Josh Ward, Jason Cassidy, and Jody Booth to name a few. We have been working extremely hard over the past couple of months with new merchandise designs, new logos, website updates, new guitars, new amps, new gear, the list goes on and on. This years schedule takes us from various locations in East Texas to the Stockyards of FT Worth, to various locations throughout Southwest Louisiana. We are seriously stoked to hear the feedback from fans, radio, and music industry professionals regarding “Kings and Queens”.
TMP: If you had to pick just one song from the album, which song are you the most proud of?
JZ: Such a difficult question to answer, and one that we probably couldn’t answer due to the amount of time and energy that we put into each song. We tried to put the best product on the table for this record and that included hours of editing and going back to basics to refresh on new yet simple approaches to the music on some of the tracks. I’d say that instead of one certain song we are proud of the entire record as a whole. The strides we have taken, as professionals from our first record to our second have been incredible. We couldn’t be more proud of the efforts of not only our band but also of Mr. Phil Mosley and the good folks at Rosewood Studios. They are truly a top-notch group of gentleman who put many long hours into this record.
TMP: “I’m Done” was just released to radio, can you tell us about that song, and provide some background on it?
JZ: I’m Done has a twin guitar Skynyrd style sound that we loved hearing growing up. The lyrics detail a situation that is very personal to me. When writing this song, I (Jerrett) didn’t know exactly why I was writing the song. Sometimes songwriters don’t always know where exactly the inspiration is coming from but we just feel it as “There”. Later on a situation occurred with someone I’ve known all my life, who is very close to me. Soon after I realized that I had been writing this song about this person and the troubles they had been experiencing in life. I’m extremely proud of the musical input the band and Rosewood brought to the table to give a very polished final product.
TMP: So far, what has been the highlight of your career?
JZ: There have been many memories along the way that we could classify as a highlight. However, we like to think that we are striving to stay “hungry” and we look forward to enjoying many more of these said highlights in the future. Simply picking one at this point is tough but if we must pick one we would have to say selling out the bands hometown show at Shenanigans in October of 2014, supporting our buddies from Cody Johnson and the Rockin CJB. There were nearly 2,000 people in there that night.
TMP: What is your favorite thing to eat while out on the road?
JZ: This is another extremely difficult question to answer. It would really depend on which part of Texas/Louisiana we are playing in. In College Station, its Torchy’s Tacos or Fuego, in The Stockyards, Its BBQ. In Lufkin, Texas its ALWAYS the local Mexican food at Del Rio. In Beaumont or Louisiana it’s most certainly Cajun or Seafood. When we are dog tired and worn out and need to enjoy the comforts of Texas….we stop by and visit our friends at your neighborhood friendly “Whataburger”. 5 Patty Melt Combos (no onions), Side of Ranch, with Large Dr Peppers. Not the best on the belt line, but when you’re tired and need comfort food…it hits the spot no matter what part of Texas we are in.
TMP: Can you share a funny story with us about something that has happened while out on the road or performing?
JZ :You fellas are going to get us in trouble! To be honest, the road is really where you learn about yourself and who your band is as a group. There are so many funny and crazy stories we could write you an entire blog on them. A few of the highlights include “Running out of gas at the worst possible locations”, “Chasing down people who have tried to steal stuff from our trailer”, “Women who tried to steal merch from our merch table (From right in front of the band)”, “Having your mic and mic-stand fall into the pool” “The drummer being too drunk to drum at our first actual gig” “Photo bombing Granger Smith’s photos” and “Going broke as a joke just to spend a week at Steamboat Musicfest”. The list goes on and on, and we’d love to share a few more in person with yall the next time we get to share a cold beer the great folks at Texas Music Pickers.
TMP: What is on the horizon for Jerrett Zoch And The OSR Band?
JZ: More and more grinding and hard work. From our experience this is an industry where “Success” is just the tip of the iceberg. What a lot of people don’t see below the waterline if you will, is the hard work, sacrifices, the financial hardships, the building of rapport/relationships, the long hours, sleepless nights, and effort that musicians put into their craft. As much as we would like to believe its just one big party (and there are times to definitely party) we also know that we have to stay ahead of the power curve and earn every single ounce of success if we want to continue this dream of playing Live, Loud, and Local Texas Music.
TMP: Is there anything else you’d like your fans to know?
JZ: That we honestly do love and run off of their support. I know a lot of people say this but we really can’t do what we do without the support of the fans and friends in this industry. Whether we are playing to 5, 500, or 5,000 we appreciate every single person that walks through that door, buys a cd, or just simply takes the time to chat with us. Our only regret is that we don’t get to spend enough time talking and interacting with our fans on a daily basis. At a live show there are so many things going on at once, so many moving pieces, that sometimes fans feel a little left out. We try to make a habit of being available at the merchandise booth and after the show for as many fans as possible. This new album (like the previous record before) was paid for not only out of our own pockets but by the contributions from fans and friends buying tickets at the venues, buying merchandise, and being there for us over the past 4+ years. Kings and Queens is really a reflection of not only our hard work but also the dedication and hard work of our fans and friends. We look forward to sharing many more memories with them out on the road.
Check out the band new single, “I’m Done”, below and request it on your online and local radio stations!
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