Influential Guitarist; Billy Zoom


Original member of the band X.  Recent cancer survivor.  Punk/Rockabilly guitar god.  One of the most original and unique guitarists in the history of punk rock.

Although best known as guitarist and founding member of punk rock band X, Zoom has also worked with rockabilly legend Gene Vincent, The Blasters, Etta James, Big Joe Turner, Mike Ness, and dozens of other major recording artists. On stage, he is known for his wide-legged stance, big grin and tendency to make eye contact with audience members. He adopted this presence in reaction to many guitarists whose body histrionics and facial expressions gave the impression that they were playing very difficult parts on their instruments. Zoom wanted to make everything look easy.

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Coming Soon – Influential Guitarists


I have decided to launch a new recurring feature called Influential Guitarists, where I will spotlight a guitar player that i particularly love or who has influenced me in some musical way.  This not a ‘Best Guitarists’ list.  This is simply a way for me to highlight musicians who have meant the most to me.  I may also do an Influential Bassists, Influential Vocalists, Influential Drummers, Influential Authors, Bands, Films, etc…  Some you may not be very familiar with, so it’s also a way to spread the word about people and other things that deserve to be better known.  So I hope you all…well, I hope my ONE reader enjoys it.

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What Next?


“A fox passing through the wood on business of his own stopped several minutes and sniffed. 
‘Hobbits!’ he thought. ‘Well, what next? I have heard of strange doings in this land, but I have seldom heard of a hobbit sleeping out of doors under a tree. Three of them! There’s something mighty queer behind this.’ He was quite right, but he never found out any more about it.”
J.R.R. TolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring