The North Carolina music scene is not something to be overlooked. The songs lifting from the Wilmington coast, across the Triangle, and up into the mountains are worth turning your ears to, which is why I’m happy to introduce Jeff Zentner.
Jeff is an Asheville native who just released his second studio album, The Dying Days Of Summer. His dark and rustic Americana sound hits heavy but resonates deeply, with a voice that calls to mind Mark Lanegan and the ominous lyrics to match. The fourteen-track album runs sixty long minutes, demanding your attention and time. Don’t expect bite-sized, hook-heavy anthems with this one – these are songs you need to listen to and not just hear.
The Dying Days Of Summer does its best work when Jeff’s acoustic is joined by a banjo, piano, organ, or lap steel. Although his voice works well alone the addition of harmonies on tracks like “Where We Fall We’ll Lie” and “Burning Season” are welcome ones.
Keep an eye on Jeff’s myspace page for upcoming shows, or just to check out a few of the videos he has posted. In the meantime, sample a track from The Dying Days Of Summer below.