was born in Flint, Michigan, the son of a career military man. His mother
is an avid country music and Grand Ole Opry fan. He grew up in the states
of Kentucky, California, Texas, and Utah. He also spent his formative
years in Yokohama, Japan, and Paris, France. After graduating from high
school in Paris, he continued his education at Michigan State University.
Early into his career, Zack came to Nashville, and signed as a staff
writer with Buckhorn Music Co. along with Kris Kristofferson. In 1970,
he signed with Cedarwood Publishing under the direction of J. William
Denny. During the "out-law" era of country music, Zack spent two years
as a creative manager for Tompall Glaser's company, Glaser Music, and
Waylon Jennings' Co.,, Baron Music. In addition, Zack worked with Mel
Tillis as a staff writer at Saw Grass Music Co. Currently all these companies
are owned by Polygram Music Publishing Company.
Folk singer Joan Baez was first to recognize Zack as a writer
when she released "Tumbleweed" as a single. Jerry Lee Lewis
reached #17 on the charts with "I'll Find It Where I Can", a song
Waylon Jennings also recorded. Joe Sun, best known in Europe,
recorded two of Zack's compositions. Then Jesse Colter recorded
"Love Me Back To Sleep" as a single and Marty Robbins did
"Lady I Love You". The blues group, The Cornelius Brothers
and Sister Rose recorded a song co-written with Blues Singin'
guitarist Fred James.
Director/Actor Dennis Hopper included Zack's song "Sympathetic
Scarecrow" in the film The Last Movie.
After huge success with Easy Rider,
he invited Zack to live with him in Taos, New Mexico, where he appeared
as Dennis' side-kick troubadour in the movie The
American Dreamer. This started a brief acting career which
later included small roles with Burt Reynolds, Joe Don Baker, Jerry
Reed, and Bo Hopkins. He has been on the road with Bob Dylan,
Waylon Jenning, Joan Baez, Willie Nelson, And Kris Kristofferson.
Zack has recorded seven albums in Nashville featuring his original
material. Performing with his band, Zack has ventured from Nashville,
to Austin, Houston, and Fort Worth, Texas; Los Angeles, CA.; Washington,
D.C.; Philadelphia, PA.; and several of New York City's hottest clubs.
His style includes Country, Rock 'n Roll, with some excellent
Pop Ballads. He is an accomplished pianist, guitar player, and band leader.
Zack is currently marketing material from Zack Van Arsdale Music and
performing locally in Nashville clubs with his band, while fervently
pursuing his fourth recording contract.
VAN ARSDALE 6921 SOMERSET
FARMS CIRCLE NASHVILLE, TN 37221
Phone / Fax: 615 662-0323 Mobile: 615 474-8221
©2006 Flashville Music BMI. Nashville, TN