A Guitar Wizard’s Tour de Force, as
Zonana’s 10th CD is a ‘Gear Head’s
Most Accomplished Album to Date: ‘Fix
The Broken’ is a Confident, Unexpected
Mash-up of Progressive Pop Sounds and
Songwriter/guitarist/producer Saul Zonana
delivers a tour de force on the dramatic ‘Fix
the Broken,’ his tenth studio album. The
confident, unexpected mash-up of progressive
pop sounds and old-fashioned rock manages
to be both a throwback and thoroughly
modern, as Zonana’s vocals evoke Lenny
Kravitz or Elvis Costello in some spots and
Queen in others. Throughout it all, Zonana’s
extraordinary guitar work and inventive
instrumentation propel the ten-song collection
forward, sideways and backways.
The album will be released digitally on July 31st, with brick and mortar
distribution set for October 2nd. Listen to a streaming audio sampler,
Zonana, a guitarist and bassist from New York who is now based in
Nashville, plays 95% of the sounds on the new album, and even uses his
guitar to create most of the keyboard and synth sections heard on ‘Fix
The Broken’. He has been described as a guitar ‘wizard’, and the attached
round-up provides an instrument-by-instrument breakdown of the nine+
guitars Zonana plays on the upcoming release, from a Jerry Jones Electric
sitar to a Moog to a Taylor 8 string baritone acoustic and many more…
Zonana is a respected musician with a decades-long career – past
collaborations include No Heroes and Luv Junkies, a stint in KISS
guitarist Ace Frehley’s touring band, guitar work with Adrian Belew,
Crash Test Dummies and much more. But now the spotlight’s firmly on
Zonana with ‘Fix the Broken,’ and highlights abound – from the
memorable opening track ‘Notice,’ to the scorching ‘The Music,’ to the
stunning ‘A Kiss When I’m Gone,’ to the cinematic ‘Fly,’ Zonana is full of
surprises and sees the album as a defining moment in his storied career.
“Fix The Broken" is my tenth release as a solo artist since 1999,
and it is without a doubt the culmination of all my experience as a
writer, as a guitar player, and as a producer/engineer. For me
personally, it's the most meaningful collection of songs that I've
ever compiled. I wrote and recorded about twenty songs during
the making of "Fix The Broken". The ten songs on the album were
the ones that came together the most naturally and I thought had
a unique quality of some sort. "Fix The Broken" is also the first of
my albums that I'm playing 95% of the sounds that you hear. I
played drums on one song but left the real drumming to Wes
Little (Nashville), Rich Mercurio (NY), and Charlie Morgan
(Nashville) on the other nine songs. At one point, I had recorded
and played all of the instruments on so many songs, that I started
to get lost in it all. So I put the album aside for a few months
before eventually starting to finish each song one by one. As I finished each song, I
would mix it over the course of a few days, then move on to the next one. There was
great fun in being the player, singer, and producer for every single part on the twenty
recordings, but boy, it was tedious. However, it was extremely rewarding. Regardless
of all this, what's most important to me are people's reactions to the songs. One thing
I've learned over the years is that you never can tell which songs will be the ones that
people are drawn to. But I can say that on "Fix The Broken" every single song that ended
up on the album are ones that I poured my heart into musically and lyrically. They're
the ones that I feel extremely attached to. I can only hope that as this reaches people,
they'll feel the same way.
An expansive cover story in Zonana’s hometown Alt
weekly PULSE TN provides an in-depth visit with the
BASS PLAYER MAGAZINE had this
to say about Zonana’s last CD release: Who is Saul
Zonana? There’s no short answer. A longtime New Yorker now
based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; a former sideman bassist
for Ace Frehley of Kiss; a mix engineer on Adrian Belew’s most recent live album; a bigtime-
session quality lead singer and guitarist; and a songwriter who’s been
independently releasing solo material for ten years. But before all that he was just a
bassist who really dug Paul McCartney—and it shows up in the best possible way on his
latest self-produced album, Phatso. Zonana’s slightly progressive, psychedelic power pop
songs are absolutely infectious, serving as perfect vehicles for bass lines like “Mr.
Pulsfuss” and “Direction” that conjure up melody and drive eighth-notes as skillfully as
Sir Paul ever did. (Yes, really.) And the mix is delicious, a huge collective landscape with
plenty of sweetness on top and enough clarity down low for Zonana’s expert melodic
sensibility on the bass to shoot right through. So who is Saul Zonana really? How about
a brilliant songwriter/producer/engineer who happens to be a great bassist, guitarist,
and lead singer? Accurate or not, we should all have such problems defining ourselves.
The Saul Zonana Trio will tour this Summer and Fall in support of ‘Fix The
Broken’ – cities will be announced soon.
Recorded at AI Nashville and Studio Z in Murfreesboro TN
Assistant Engineers: Rob Polivka, Miguel Lara Jr, and Jeremy Nolan
Mixed by Saul Zonana at Studio Z
Mastered by Daniel Rowland
All instruments, vocals and sounds played by Saul Zonana
Drums- Tracks 1,2,3,7,9,10 -Wes Little,
Drums- Tracks 5,6 and 8 -Rich Mercurio
Percussion drum kit- Track 10 -Charlie Morgan
Slide guitar-Track 6 - Pat Buchanan, Piano -B3-Track 10- Rob Arthur
Artwork -Jeff Norberg
Photography -Thomas Christy
Dear fellow gear nerds…
I record my bass tracks using Hofner basses, and Lakeland basses.
I play, and sometimes fall asleep with Parker midi Fly electric guitars
and Mario electric guitars.
I like totally geek out over pedals by Pigtronix, Moog and Creation Audio Labs.
These guitars and basses get plugged into Ampeg amps and get turned up pretty dang
I also like to plug into Line 6 modeling devices, which makes me a super model er.
I strum a variety of Taylor and Walden acoustic guitars and they sound so nice
that I sometimes start to cry.
When I play drums it’s on a MAYPEX kit and the neighbors love it.
Every string instrument that I own gets strung up with D'Addario strings. Better than
being strung out right?
My straps, cables, tuners etc… are all from Planet Waves. I'm from Earth myself.
I continue to enjoy playing Moog synthesizers and the Moog guitar and always will.
My studio control room sounds so accurate thanks to Auralex acoustics and
good speakers. I really truly love the relationships that I have with these creative
innovators and manufacturers of this musical gear and I feel privileged to work with
Pro Sound Web recently covered Zonana’s growing relationship with
More about Saul Zonana, from his website:
When I was 3 years old, before I could actually complete sentences (still can't), I was
writing songs. And here I am today, still with the mental capacity of a 3 year old but
STILL writing songs and releasing albums. Who woulda thunk it. I started playing
keyboards first, soon picked up the bass guitar, then 6 string, then anything that makes
a sound. While the other kids were into video games, beer, and even drugs, I wrote
songs and recorded them. That's about all I cared about. Keep in mind, this was BEFORE
$99 bought you a guitar and an amp and everyone thought they were an artist. This was
BEFORE we celebrated mediocrity and watched shows like American idol. This was when
you wrote and performed music because it was in your blood. These days, besides my
family, it's still my main focus. It was during those early years that my older brother
turned me on to REAL bands like The Who, Yes, Black Sabbath, Rush, The Cars, The
Police and um... THE BEATLES!! This fueled my creativity in a big way. I got my hands on
a basic four track tape machine, (which remember were much harder to come by in
those days) and began a journey to continue making music. I released my first solo
album when I was 13 years old. That's when it REALLY started. There was no turning
back. I became addicted to writing and recording music. We fast forward... - Now with
every recording, I try to improve the songwriting, the performances and the recordings
themselves. I'm passionate about tones, sounds and what can be accomplished sonically.
I've released TEN of my own albums, one live album, produced and worked with SO
many other major and independent acts, secured two major recording contracts, two
major publishing deals, and have been around the world several times playing my music
and music by artists that I respect. I've recorded and toured with Ace Frehley, Adrian
Belew, Crash Test Dummies to name a few... FUN!! I'm extremely grateful for what I've
done. BUT REALLY I HAVENT EVEN STARTED YET. If my songs sound familiar, it's likely
because they are played in a bunch of films and television shows. Or maybe you've
heard me on radio stations in the past and said "boy he's got a great face for radio"! Or
just maybe you actually put facebook aside for one evening and came out to see me live
and in person! How nuts would that be!! Regardless, this is what I do and always will.
Thanks to all of you who have enjoyed my music over the years. I appreciate you more
than you know. Keep coming out to the shows. Keep tuning in… More music coming!!
For more information about Saul Zonana, or for a review copy of FIX THE BROKEN, contact