“Joe's music is definitely country, sprinkled with sounds of his native Appalachia.  But there’s also a bit of a “Rock Star” attitude that filters in giving him a sound all his own.” -Chuck Dauphin, Music News Nashville

A decade or so into chasing songs from rust belt dive bars to huge festival stages to the streets of Music City, the Joe Zelek Band had become a regional success story with songs playing on radio stations across the country. 

But struggling with a sense of disconnect from the muse, the Ohio-based singer/songwriter did what any business-savvy musician on the brink of breakthrough success would do: blew the whole damn thing up and went on sabbatical.

Fast forward through a couple years of side projects, feeding chickens, making music for TV shows (Duck Dynasty, The Wahlburgers), assembling a bare bones recoring studio and breathing in inspirational locales from California to Carolina, Zelek is now on the road back to his natural habitat armed with a J-45, gut string banjo, a few Special 20’s, one shitty old kick drum, two kindred musical spirits and a collection of tunes that clearly display a renewed intensity and authenticity. 

Enter the Alaskan cowboy Carl Besece on harmonica and all manner of stringed instrument with his kinetic, authentic stage presence.

And the wild and wonderful West-by-God-Virginian Scotty Harkness with his 70’s-tinged moving bass lines and signature background vocal.

"I started jamming with Carl and Scotty out in the barn and God said it was good."

The result is JZB v2.0…

Song driven, foot stompin’ American music from the Ohio/West Virginia line.