Rusty Zinn

Genres: Blues
Decades: 1990s 2000s


3 April 1970, Long Beach, California, USA. As a child Zinn listened to R&B and the blues on record and started out on his own musical career playing drums. By his late teens, however, he had taken up the guitar on which he quickly became proficient. Among guitarists who influenced him were Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor and especially Luther Tucker, the latter eventually became the young musician’s mentor. Zinn had been raised in the northern part of California and in the late 80s he played with some of that region’s numerous blues bands, in particular a long and productive spell with Mark Hummel’s band. It was in this band that he met Kim Wilson, who became another mentor to the still young, if startlingly gifted, guitarist and Zinn appeared on the harmonica player’s 1993 recording Tigerman. Relocating to Austin, Texas, Zinn soon became a valued member of that city’s bubbling blues scene and it was not long before he signed with Black Top...

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