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Zach Heckendorf answers 7

Caramie Schnell
Vail CO Colorado
Special to the DailyZach Heckendorf

If not for the guitar in his hand, 18-year-old Zach Heckendorf wouldn’t even be allowed to step foot in many of the bars he performs. The underage Denver musician said he’s been “given a hard time” at a few bars before, but nothing he can’t handle.

“They end up putting fat X’s across my hands, which I guess gives me some style points,” he said.

Listening to Heckendorf’s soulful voice, you’d never guess his age. Influenced by his father, he began playing the guitar in elementary school and soon began experimenting with his own sound and style.

The recent Cherry Creek High School graduate has opened for John Butler Trio, played to thousands at Film on the Rocks and performed in KBCO’s “Studio C.” He’s in town for two free shows at The Club in Vail. He answered a few questions for the Vail Daily.

1. Vail Daily: Have you performed in Vail before?

Zach Heckendorf: Yes, on the fourth of July last year my friends and I were jamming near the Red Lion and I got the chance to play a couple songs there. It’s one of my favorite musical memories.

2. VD: How was the Telluride Bluegrass Fest? When did you play? How was the audience?

ZH: It was one of the best times I’ve had in a while. I played just about everyday either on the radio, on the Elk Parks Stage, or on the main stage. The audience was great and people would come compliment me on the show when I was walking through town. The vibe was so nice there and I made a lot of new friends.

3. VD: Tell us about your new album.

ZH: It’s called “The Cool Down” and it’s produced by Brett Dennen. It’s my first album so everything about it – the design, the studio time and the promotion – are all new to me. I think “The Cool Down” is a good first step into the music world.

4. VD: When was it released?

ZH: It was released May 28 at a sold-out show at the Bluebird Theater (Denver).

5. VD: What was it like performing in KBCO’s Studio C?

ZH: It was very cool to be a part of the whole process and hearing myself on the radio was a cool feeling. Also it was cool to meet all the DJ’s and put faces to the voices I hear everyday.

6. VD: When did you first start playing the guitar?

ZH: In 4th grade with my guitar teacher and friend Stu Lippa.

7. VD: What’s your dream stage to play on?

ZH: I’ve already played on the two stages I have always wanted to play on and that’s the Bluebird Theater and Red Rocks, but my dream would be to headline a sold-out Red Rocks show.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

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