Reverend Zen’s Jack Evans can paint a picture better than anyone I know with his edgy, bluesy sound.
Whether he is lamenting the current state of affairs with “Dangerous Times” (This is Deadwood, this is Dodge City) or belting out a tune about a love affair gone wrong, “Don’t try to Tell Me” or his Cougar-gone-bad song, “The Boston Shakedown.”
I’m proud to say that Jack Evans is a friend and I’m a huge fan…check him out on Myspace or his own site.
Check out the latest awards ceremony for independent music and you’ll likely find Reverend Zen named among the nominees or winners. Since the release of their debut cd the rock, blues, jazz group has continuously garnered critical acclaim, receiving 57 music industry awards from around the world. John Schoenberger of Billboard’s Radio and Records in Los Angeles reflects on the band’s success stating, “Reverend Zen’s Angels, Blues & the Crying Moon is simply a very good record.”
Winning 2007/08 Song of the Year from ABC Radio Networks Fame Games Effigy Awards in Costa del Sol, Spain for “The Boston Shakedown”, along with five Finalist Awards, is just a start. An Artist of the Year Nomination and seven Finalist Awards for “Bad Attitude”, “Don’t Try to Tell Me”, “My Sigmund Freud”, “Her Love”, “Dangerous Times”, “Boy Genius” and “The One in Love” followed from 2008/09’s Effigy Awards. Two thousand seven saw Reverend Zen receive four Best Song Nominations from Hollywood’s Los Angeles Music Awards for “The Boston Shakedown”, “Bad Attitude”, “Don’t Try to Tell Me” and “Dangerous Times”. The genre stretching band was subsequently named L.A. Music Award’s 2007 Artist of the Year, with “Bad Attitude” named 2007 Song of the Year. More kudos followed as “Her Love” and “Bad Attitude” received Best Song Nominations from 2008’s L.A. Music Awards and 2008’s Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards respectively. The group concluded the year named recipients of 2008’s Golden Wave Artist of the Year Award in Denver.
More European accolades followed with Reverend Zen receiving two Semi Finalist Awards and a Finalist nod for “Dangerous Times” from France’s 2008 100% Song Contest in Paris and five Runners Up Awards from the BBC sponsored 2008 UK Song Contest in London. In Sydney, the band was a Finalist Nominee in both the 2008 and 2009 Australia Song Contests, while back in the United States “Bad Attitude” and “Magdalena” received Finalist Awards from 2007/08’s Unisong International Song Contest in Los Angeles. Along the way there were multiple awards from 2006’s Billboard World Song Contest in New York, 2006’s Mid Atlantic Song Contest in Washington, D.C. and 2007’s Singer-Songwriter Awards in London. Add to those WCH Radio’s 2007 Artist of the Year Award in St. Louis and RGW Radio’s 2006 Bronze Artist Award in Norfolk, U.K., but the list is still incomplete.