EPISODE 34 – Zane Carney

Zane Carney has been described as a “massive guitar player” by Thundercat and named “the future of electric guitar” by HuffPost. Carney’s discography includes playing on Thundercat’s “Drunk,” John Mayer’s “Paradise Valley,” and serving as John Daversa’s guitarist with appearances on his Big Band and Small Band albums including the Grammy-nominated “Kaleidoscope Eyes,” along with “Junk Wagon,” “Artful Joy,” and “Wobbly Dance Flower” featuring Bob Mintzer. Over the years, he has performed with members of the West Coast Get Down collective including Kamasi Washington, Ronald Bruner Jr., Brandon Coleman, Cameron Graves, as well as Sam Gendel, among others.

Most recently, he formed a band with Evan Rachel Wood (EVAN + ZANE); their sold-out shows “dazzle with an array of guitars and blister-worthy solos” (SF Weekly). Prior to that, he served as lead guitarist, arranger and founding member of CARNEY with his brother Reeve Carney, a jazz-infused rock group that opened for U2 and was signed to Interscope Records. As a guitarist, he toured with artists including Jonny Lang and John Mayer.

As an artist, Zane has a varied catalogue from the Singer-Songwriter of Confluence and warm guitar melodies of Amalgam to the hauntingly meditative Film and lively bootlegs of Live In Tokyo. And now, the bombastic and ferocious improvisation of the critically-acclaimed Alter Ego, his much anticipated jazz quartet album coming out April 30th 2021 on Orenda Records.

Across social media platforms, Zane Carney reaches an audience of more than 140k. His livestreams have amassed over 500k views on twitch.tv/zanecarney, where he has become known for his virtuosic performances, music theory of gaming segments, and live, improvised compositions.

Zane has headlined shows in Japan, Australia, Korea, Mexico, Canada, Europe, and many cities across the USA including NYC, LA, Nashville, Chicago and more. Carney was born in New York City, studied studio/jazz guitar at USC’s Thornton School of Music, and currently resides in Los Angeles.