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ZACH LINLEY & THE REBEL DAREDEVILS Tickets, Tour Dates and Concerts
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Fan Reviews

Beverly
February 17th 2016
Great!!!
Springfield, IL@
Capital City Bar & Grill
Jeremy
August 14th 2015
Probably one of the best shows I've ever been to. It was right up there with Motley Crue/Cheap Trick back in 96. Except I saw boobs at that show.
Mansfield, IL@
Mansfield Homecoming Celebration
Kasey
May 1st 2014
So so much fun!!
Champaign, IL@
Fat City Bar & Grill
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About ZACH LINLEY & THE REBEL DAREDEVILS

Launching his career as a straightforward rock and roller, Zach Linley took a unique route, both musically and geographically, to discovering his innermost truth as a singer and songwriter and embracing what Willie Nelson once said was the heart of a country song: “three chords and the truth.” Infusing his tunes with the best influences of both genres and sharing his “honest, heartfelt and simple” emotions with audiences throughout his home region of North Central Illinois and throughout the Midwest, Linley and his band The Rebel Daredevils have been caught in a wild whirlwind these past few years, opening for an array of top country artists (Frankie Ballard, Josh Thompson, Keith Anderson, David Allan Coe, Gary Allan, Jana Kramer, Jamey Johnson and Chris Cagle) and earning high praise from the likes of Nyhl Henson, Co-Founder and former CEO of CMT (Country Music Television), who called him “the Garth Brooks of the New Millennium...(whose) songwriting is phenomenal and far ahead of the game.” Such words are only meaningful when an artist receives them as a challenge – and Linley and the band (electric guitarist Jason Beck, lead guitarist Nate Van Vleet, bassist Chad Sherman and drummer Brandon Frederking) are grabbing the bull by the proverbial horns, following their well-received 2014 self titled debut EP with the new five track collection What It Takes. The collection was produced by Erik Nelson, owner of Eclipse Studios in Normal, IL who has written, produced or engineered for everyone from Jason Derulo and Boyz II Men to R. Kelly, O-Town and Ralph Tresvant. Its first single, the high energy title track, is a powerful testament to the work ethic of the classic American working family man. “It’s my way of paying homage to the blue collar backbone of America, those guys who get up day after day, go to work and even if they never earn what they’re worth, they do it anyway to support their families and pay their bills,” says Linley. “What It Takes is a strong push from me and The Rebel Daredevils as to where we would like to see country music headed right now - a little less pop, and a lot more heart, a little less about the girl in the cutoffs drinking moonshine, and more about the hardworking people who are the backbone of this country. These songs are about real people, real struggles, and remembering where you came from and what you stand for.”
As solid as he is as a singer, performer and guitarist, Linley would be happy if people considered him a songwriter first and foremost. One of his strengths there is having the courage to speak his mind about issues that are important to him and share truths about his life experiences that are very personal to him. The raucous excitement of “Cold Dead Hands” is the backdrop for his bold stance about coming from a small town where he grew up with guns and railing against any possible government attempt to limit his freedom as a gun owner now. On the soulful, heartfelt “Honky Tonk Heaven,” he talks about the the long hard road of pursuing the dream of becoming a professional musician. On the hook, he sings poignantly: “If you wanna get into honkey tonk heaven, first you've gotta go thru hell.” What It Takesalso includes “Sick and Tired,” a reflective ballad of addiction and the seeking of redemption; and “Don’t Forget,” a rollicking ride through the wise advice of Linley’s beloved grandmother – including the key line “Don't forget who you are and where you come from, and what you represent.” Growing up in the small town of Effingham, IL, Linley wrote his first song at age eight and recalls that his first guitar lesson came from his dad, who taught him to play four chords on his acoustic. His early musical sensibilities were shaped, in part, by his mom’s side of the family, which was full of singers and musicians. “I was fascinated by music, and it pushed me to learn how to play guitar, drums, and bass,” he says. “I’ve always pushed myself to learn as much as I can musically, so that I can translate the ideas I come up with in my head into songs. From the first serious band I was in, a Tool-like metal group, through my work with the Rebel Daredevils, I’ve never enjoyed playing covers and have had a lifelong passion for songwriting.”Coming of age, Linley enjoyed an eclectic array of influences, beginning with the country music his dad played in the car and on through Motown, 60s and 70s rock, hair metal bands, punk, grunge and alternative. “I’m not surprised that once I grew out of my strict rock phases, I returned to these country roots,” he says. “I grew up listening to everything under the sun. My dad played a lot of George Jones, Merle Haggard, Eagles, and Alabama albums. I can remember sitting around in our barn playing guitar and singing a lot of those songs together with my parents and brothers, and I have gradually gravitated back to that kind of music.”It took Linley a few years to figure out his path and get there, following his time with the metal band by joining folk and rock groups – but he believes his experiences in other genres contributed to his becoming the mature songwriter and artist he is today. “I certainly relate to country more than any other genre, but I feel as though I have taken a bit of every other style I played with and have added it to my own,” he says. “Just sitting down and jamming with so many musicians, I knew I could learn something from everyone.”
A move in the mid-2000s with his wife to Stillwater, OK proved to be the turning point. Linley started hosting open mics at Willie’s Saloon, where Garth Brooks’ career had taken off, and the introduction to a style called “Red Dirt Country” (which he describes as “country infused with rock, folk, and bluegrass while keeping the emotion and soul of authentic country”) opened his eyes to a fresh new way to express his musical heart. He spent a few years honing his songwriting craft, and when he moved back to Illinois, he joined forces with previous band mate Beck as well as new found friend Sherman and started the unit that evolved into Zach Linley & The Rebel Daredevils. They hit the ground running, opening in 2013 for former American Idol contestant and country artist Casey James at The Castle Theater in Bloomington, IL.“Everything really comes together when we’re performing live,” Linley says. “I like to say it’s basically what you’re hearing on the studio recordings, only louder and more intense. I love the way we get to interact with the crowds, and I’m always inspired and encouraged by the way they respond to the songs, both as an audience and later, individually. I love hearing things like, ‘This tune got me through this tough time in my life’ or ‘This song means a lot to me.’ If you can’t invoke that kind of emotion, why be a songwriter at all? It’s all about the opportunity to connect with people and make a difference in their lives.”
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Genres:
Country
Band Members:
Jason Beck, Adam Feller, Zach Linley, Brandon Frederking, Chad Sherman
Hometown:
Champaign, Illinois

No upcoming shows
Send a request to ZACH LINLEY & THE REBEL DAREDEVILS to play in your city
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Circle Hat
$25.0 USD
Live Collage Sweatshirt
$45.0 USD
Rainbow T-Shirt
$30.0 USD
Circle Beanie
$20.0 USD

Fan Reviews

Beverly
February 17th 2016
Great!!!
Springfield, IL@
Capital City Bar & Grill
Jeremy
August 14th 2015
Probably one of the best shows I've ever been to. It was right up there with Motley Crue/Cheap Trick back in 96. Except I saw boobs at that show.
Mansfield, IL@
Mansfield Homecoming Celebration
Kasey
May 1st 2014
So so much fun!!
Champaign, IL@
Fat City Bar & Grill
View More Fan Reviews

About ZACH LINLEY & THE REBEL DAREDEVILS

Launching his career as a straightforward rock and roller, Zach Linley took a unique route, both musically and geographically, to discovering his innermost truth as a singer and songwriter and embracing what Willie Nelson once said was the heart of a country song: “three chords and the truth.” Infusing his tunes with the best influences of both genres and sharing his “honest, heartfelt and simple” emotions with audiences throughout his home region of North Central Illinois and throughout the Midwest, Linley and his band The Rebel Daredevils have been caught in a wild whirlwind these past few years, opening for an array of top country artists (Frankie Ballard, Josh Thompson, Keith Anderson, David Allan Coe, Gary Allan, Jana Kramer, Jamey Johnson and Chris Cagle) and earning high praise from the likes of Nyhl Henson, Co-Founder and former CEO of CMT (Country Music Television), who called him “the Garth Brooks of the New Millennium...(whose) songwriting is phenomenal and far ahead of the game.” Such words are only meaningful when an artist receives them as a challenge – and Linley and the band (electric guitarist Jason Beck, lead guitarist Nate Van Vleet, bassist Chad Sherman and drummer Brandon Frederking) are grabbing the bull by the proverbial horns, following their well-received 2014 self titled debut EP with the new five track collection What It Takes. The collection was produced by Erik Nelson, owner of Eclipse Studios in Normal, IL who has written, produced or engineered for everyone from Jason Derulo and Boyz II Men to R. Kelly, O-Town and Ralph Tresvant. Its first single, the high energy title track, is a powerful testament to the work ethic of the classic American working family man. “It’s my way of paying homage to the blue collar backbone of America, those guys who get up day after day, go to work and even if they never earn what they’re worth, they do it anyway to support their families and pay their bills,” says Linley. “What It Takes is a strong push from me and The Rebel Daredevils as to where we would like to see country music headed right now - a little less pop, and a lot more heart, a little less about the girl in the cutoffs drinking moonshine, and more about the hardworking people who are the backbone of this country. These songs are about real people, real struggles, and remembering where you came from and what you stand for.”
As solid as he is as a singer, performer and guitarist, Linley would be happy if people considered him a songwriter first and foremost. One of his strengths there is having the courage to speak his mind about issues that are important to him and share truths about his life experiences that are very personal to him. The raucous excitement of “Cold Dead Hands” is the backdrop for his bold stance about coming from a small town where he grew up with guns and railing against any possible government attempt to limit his freedom as a gun owner now. On the soulful, heartfelt “Honky Tonk Heaven,” he talks about the the long hard road of pursuing the dream of becoming a professional musician. On the hook, he sings poignantly: “If you wanna get into honkey tonk heaven, first you've gotta go thru hell.” What It Takesalso includes “Sick and Tired,” a reflective ballad of addiction and the seeking of redemption; and “Don’t Forget,” a rollicking ride through the wise advice of Linley’s beloved grandmother – including the key line “Don't forget who you are and where you come from, and what you represent.” Growing up in the small town of Effingham, IL, Linley wrote his first song at age eight and recalls that his first guitar lesson came from his dad, who taught him to play four chords on his acoustic. His early musical sensibilities were shaped, in part, by his mom’s side of the family, which was full of singers and musicians. “I was fascinated by music, and it pushed me to learn how to play guitar, drums, and bass,” he says. “I’ve always pushed myself to learn as much as I can musically, so that I can translate the ideas I come up with in my head into songs. From the first serious band I was in, a Tool-like metal group, through my work with the Rebel Daredevils, I’ve never enjoyed playing covers and have had a lifelong passion for songwriting.”Coming of age, Linley enjoyed an eclectic array of influences, beginning with the country music his dad played in the car and on through Motown, 60s and 70s rock, hair metal bands, punk, grunge and alternative. “I’m not surprised that once I grew out of my strict rock phases, I returned to these country roots,” he says. “I grew up listening to everything under the sun. My dad played a lot of George Jones, Merle Haggard, Eagles, and Alabama albums. I can remember sitting around in our barn playing guitar and singing a lot of those songs together with my parents and brothers, and I have gradually gravitated back to that kind of music.”It took Linley a few years to figure out his path and get there, following his time with the metal band by joining folk and rock groups – but he believes his experiences in other genres contributed to his becoming the mature songwriter and artist he is today. “I certainly relate to country more than any other genre, but I feel as though I have taken a bit of every other style I played with and have added it to my own,” he says. “Just sitting down and jamming with so many musicians, I knew I could learn something from everyone.”
A move in the mid-2000s with his wife to Stillwater, OK proved to be the turning point. Linley started hosting open mics at Willie’s Saloon, where Garth Brooks’ career had taken off, and the introduction to a style called “Red Dirt Country” (which he describes as “country infused with rock, folk, and bluegrass while keeping the emotion and soul of authentic country”) opened his eyes to a fresh new way to express his musical heart. He spent a few years honing his songwriting craft, and when he moved back to Illinois, he joined forces with previous band mate Beck as well as new found friend Sherman and started the unit that evolved into Zach Linley & The Rebel Daredevils. They hit the ground running, opening in 2013 for former American Idol contestant and country artist Casey James at The Castle Theater in Bloomington, IL.“Everything really comes together when we’re performing live,” Linley says. “I like to say it’s basically what you’re hearing on the studio recordings, only louder and more intense. I love the way we get to interact with the crowds, and I’m always inspired and encouraged by the way they respond to the songs, both as an audience and later, individually. I love hearing things like, ‘This tune got me through this tough time in my life’ or ‘This song means a lot to me.’ If you can’t invoke that kind of emotion, why be a songwriter at all? It’s all about the opportunity to connect with people and make a difference in their lives.”
Show More
Genres:
Country
Band Members:
Jason Beck, Adam Feller, Zach Linley, Brandon Frederking, Chad Sherman
Hometown:
Champaign, Illinois

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