Zach Deputy on His Live Performances: "I'm Still Just Winging It"

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So, are you always billed as the live entertainment at Thanksgiving? My sister is a classically-trained soprano, and the whole family always makes her serenade us with opera tunes. Not that she minds in the slightest. 

[Laughs.] No, my family's funny, they don't wanna hear me sing, they've heard enough of that! The last time I came home, it was my grandma's birthday and they did make me serenade her then. But my brother's a great singer, too, so there's a lot to go around. Supply and demand, ya know?

About your most recent album, Another Day. Kudos, first of all. Second of all, I read about the musicians that came into the studio with you to record it. Do you usually work with a band while you're recording?

Actually, most of my albums have been recorded with a band, mostly just because I can't afford to take the time to go in there and play every instrument, so I hire people to come in and play the parts. 

What about touring? Would you ever be inclined to bring a band along?

I have in the past, and it could happen. The difference is that there's a lot more forethought put into it. I actually have to think about what's going to happen during the set. Most of the time when I play solo, I just walk out onstage with my guitar and just start doing whatever.

I think it's safe to say that's working for you so far..

I started winging it when I was 17, and here I am still winging it. The crowds are gettin' bigger, and the venues are gettin' bigger, but I'm still just winging it. 

So, I was at Bear Creek a couple weeks ago...

Oh, that's literally my favorite festival. I like the people that go there, and I love the music that comes there. Just everything falls into place.  

I watched those two young lovebirds get engaged at your Saturday afternoon set. How did that all go down?

Well he contacted me asking about it, but I had to do some background checks to make sure he wasn't a creep. [Laughs.] So I Facebook stalked him, and he seemed legit, so I agreed to make it happen. You know, a lot of my music is about love, so if I could help facilitate someone getting married, I thought that was great. 

We planned out the logistics of it, and it ended up being pretty cool. However, I couldn't hear a thing the whole time so I wasn't sure what was going on. But after he got down on one knee, and then they started making out, I knew that was my cue to start playing music again. 

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