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Zac Crouse

Songs and Stories on Banjo
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Why You Need Zac

Best known as a member of the crowd pleasing Halifax based band Caledonia, Zac Crouse is no stranger to a fan’s love when he pulls out his banjo for great hits like I’m Tired, Automatic and the ECMA nominated and top 10 charting Scott’s House.

Zac first started playing music seriously as means of coping with living in Oklahoma for employment. Upon returning to NS, his first gig was a brief stint in a folk band with Juno Award winner Loel Campbell of Wintersleep. He followed up that project with three albums, four ECMA nominations and a stack of music videos with his band Caledonia accompanied by his equally talented friends, Steve Gates, Ian Bent and Kris Pope.

Beginning in May, 2013 Zac toured a show that combined live music, story-telling & film. The documentary film and accompanying soundtrack (Paddle To The Ocean) told the story of how Zac toured his last album (‘you plan to do nothing’) from Ottawa, ON back home to Halifax, NS using only a sea kayak & bicycle.

There were a few altruistic reasons for touring without using fossil fuel, but the primary motive for the trip was to help Zac recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which he developed after witnessing the the death of a friend who died while both were paddling a class V creek in Nova Scotia.

Zac’s 1st solo album ‘You Plan to do Nothing’ has come about with the support of talented friends like Old Man Leudecke, Tanya Davis & Don Brownrigg. Helming the project is producer Daniel Ledwell (In Flight Safety, Jenn Grant, Christina Martin). Zac was nominated for Music Nova Scotia Best New Artist and Folk Album of the Year.

Zac’s single ‘So Fine’ has charted multiple times in the Netherlands (Dutch Roots Radio, Good Noise) while the accompanying video has won multiple awards at the Reel Paddling Film Festival & WaterWalker Film Festival.

Zac has toured throughout Canada & in the US with Multiple ECMA & MNS nominated groups/artists such as Caledonia, Acres & Acres, Tanya Davis & Don Brownrigg.

Still busy writing and performing with Caledonia, Zac continues to work on his solo banjo project, a collection of acoustic pop songs about ladies, politics and adventure. Inspiration can be found in the unique places and adventures he finds from the seat of his kayak. He’s traveled many white-water rivers in Canada, the US, Mexico and Uganda with a banjo or ukulele stowed snugly in the back of the boat, ready for inspiration.

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Why You Will Love Zac

“I hesitate to call You Plan To Do Nothing a labor of love, simply because the friendship and smiles Zac shared with a stable of NS music vets ooze from this record and make you think everything about this process was invigorating and rewarding. That being said, the passion to grow these songs from a few notes strummed in a location so far from home to a record that slowly burns its way into your brain and soul is not for the weak of heart or lazy musician. This journey may not have required the physical intensity some of Zac’s other journeys required, but it’s no less impressive and one of which he should be extremely proud.”

“Scott’s House” chronicles the journey of personal sovereignty that bassist Zac Crouse contemplated as he attempted to choose between pursuing music full-time or remaining at his desk job. “You can try but you can’t keep me down,” he repeats over a folky atmosphere of lap steel guitars, banjos, and a hazy organ, perhaps indicating his choice of personal sovereignty with his word choice.”

Obscure Sound

“Casually optimistic country folk”

Mike Mineo
Obscure Sound

“You Plan to Do Nothing, Crouse’s sweet and melodic debut solo album.”

Allison Saunders
The Coast, Nov 11, 2010

“We were immediately immersed in the music created by Zac Crouse.”

“You Plan To Do Nothing” is a beautiful album full of subtle solid soft pop with personality and character. Zac’s songs are inspired and moving

January 2011

“Compelling songs…full of offbeat charm. Sometimes plans go awry, and in this case, be glad that they did”

David Cowling
Americana UK

“Zac Crouse was an outstanding keynote presenter! He captured the audiences attention and inspired them with his personally stories, knowledge, videos and music. He was able to discuss serious topics in a comfortable and professional manner. The audience didn’t realize they were learning, it was pure enjoyment to hear about Zac’s adventures. The best thing about Zac’s presentation is that is stayed with you. (Yes, it was great that Zac stuck around a chatted with delegates, people really enjoyed that.) The way he was able to present his message was very memorable. The next day many delegates were referring to Zac’s key messages, a month later they are coming up in conversations and meetings, and I think they are going to stick around for a long time.

According to our evaluation and the personal comments that I heard, Zac was one of Recreation NL’s best presenters. All delegates; practitioners, volunteers, government officials, etc. were able to enjoy, relate and laugh with Zac.”

Pam Mills
Recreation Specialist –Professional Development, Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador

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