Country rockers Zach Linley and the Rebel Daredevils stand tall for the working man on the title track from their forthcoming EP What it Takes. Although the EP doesn’t drop until late summer, the single is now available on iTunes. If you like hard-driving country rock like Montgomery Gentry, Luke Bryant or Jason Aldean, then Zach Linley and the Rebel Daredevils will definitely appeal to you.
The single is a powerful statement in support of the work ethic of the classic American working family man. “It’s my way of paying homage to the blue collar backbone of America, those guys who get up day after day, go to work and even if they never earn what they’re worth, they do it anyway to support their families and pay their bills,” says Linley.
“What it Takes” could be the song that launches a national career for Linley. It is the kind of trademark classic tune that epitomizes the musical style and voice of its artist, and sets the tone for potential future greatness. This song belongs on country radio now, and could very well do for Linley what “Amarillo Skies” did for Jason Aldean. “‘What It Takes’ is a strong push from me and The Rebel Daredevils as to where we would like to see country music headed right now,” says Linley. These songs are about real people, real struggles, and remembering where you came from and what you stand for.”
Launching his career as a straightforward rock and roller, Linley has taken a unique route, both musically and geographically, to discovering his innermost truth as a singer and songwriter and embracing what Willie Nelson once said was the heart of a country song: “three chords and the truth.”
After a few years of honing his songwriting craft, Linley joined forces with previous band mate and guitarist Jason Beck as well as new found friend and bassist Chad Sherman and started the core band that evolved into Zach Linley & The Rebel Daredevils (other band members are lead guitarist Nate Van Vleet and drummer Brandon Frederking). The Daredevils hit the ground running, opening in 2013 for former American Idol contestant and country artist Casey James at The Castle Theater in Bloomington, Illinois. Since then, they have never looked back, opening for an array of top country artists including Frankie Ballard, Josh Thompson, Keith Anderson, David Allan Coe, Gary Allan, Jana Kramer, Jamey Johnson and Chris Cagle while earning high praise from the likes of Nyhl Henson, co-founder and former CEO of CMT (Country Music Television), who called Linley “the Garth Brooks of the New Millennium…(whose) songwriting is phenomenal and far ahead of the game.”
Such words are only meaningful when an artist receives them as a challenge – and Linley and the band are grabbing the bull by the proverbial horns, following their well-received 2014 self-titled debut EP with their forthcoming five track EP What It Takes, which is due out in August. The collection was produced by Erik Nelson, owner of Eclipse Studios in Normal, Illinois, who has written, produced or engineered for everyone from Jason Derulo and Boyz II Men to R. Kelly, O-Town and Ralph Tresvant.
Examiner highly recommends you jump onboard this train before it leaves the station. Linley is sure to become a household name like Zach Brown, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean and one of the future leaders in country music. His music will be heard in all Hilton Hotels beginning this fall.
For more information on Linley, check out his website and Facebook, follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel.
Thanks to Jennifer Lyneis of Ue3 Promotions for the background information and press release and to NewMusicWeekly.com.