Zach Harmon may not have released his first album, “Road To Nowhere,” last December if it were not for the King of Rock ’n’ Roll.

“The reason why I started playing (at age 12) is I idolized Elvis as a kid. I just thought Elvis was the coolest thing ever. And then I guess at one point I said, ‘I want to be like Elvis,’” Harmon recalled in a recent telephone interview.

Then came the Eagles.

“I think everybody at least at one point wanted to be in a band,” he said.

And now Harmon has made his dream a reality as he and fellow Abilenian Aaron Watson perform Saturday night at the Lucky Mule Saloon as a part of the venue’s Hometown Hero show.

“I think it is going to be a really great show. I am pretty sure it’s going to be packed,” Harmon said. “I like playing in front of a lot of people versus not many people.”

Recording “Road to Nowhere” a decade after he first took to the stage at the age of 14 was a fun process for Harmon, as he loves working in the recording studio. The fun, though, was mixed with a lot of time and hard work.

“It seemed like it was more work trying to figure out what to do after you have recorded than when you are just trying to write music,” Harmon said. “Like getting copyrights, that kind of stuff.”

Harmon said he expects that by the time he becomes a seasoned studio recording artist the fun will wear off.

“It’s fun still, but now it’s business and now you have got to ... work on every little thing versus just setting up and playing guitar,” he said.

Scuttlebutt has it that “Road To Nowhere” is a good album but still doesn’t compare to Harmon and his band’s live show, he said.

“It’s a lot better to hear that than ... ‘You don’t sound as good as you do on the album,’” Harmon said. “I want everybody to compliment the album. I haven’t heard anybody say that it is bad.”

Harmon released “Road To Nowhere” in December and is about to release his first single later this month. That will be followed by a heavy radio tour and — hopefully — lots of airplay and gigs.

Harmon said he hopes the single will expand his horizons, and thus his fan base, outside Abilene and San Angelo.

“I am real excited about it. The last few months I have been kind of in a limbo state playing gigs and just waiting for the single to be released,” Harmon said.

He said the next album will have a similar sound to “Road To Nowhere,” but not too similar.

“Kind of like everybody’s first album is different from where they progress. Because I think the musicians actually figure out what they are versus what they think people want to hear,” he said.

Harmon said his goal is to play arenas.

“That’s the dream. I still have got a regular job working to try to pay for everything else,” he said.

Source: http://www.reporternews.com/news/2010/aug/18/ready-to-take-off/. By Dru Willis. August 18, 2010

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