Zane Carney – Mercury Lounge – June 30, 2016
Nothing like spending a sweet summer night with the very talented singer-songwriter and oh, so smooth guitarist Zane Carney. He’s known for his work with John Mayer, the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and the band Carney, alongside his brother, Reeve. Plus, his guitar work and songwriting skills have afforded him the opportunity to play with an enviable list of musicians.
As he went onstage last night at Mercury Lounge, the lights dimmed to an appropriately dusky fade. Carney played the intro to “You’re Not the One” and the crowd fell into silence, a shivers-down-the-spine moment. He spoke of a new, polished look, which was a recent haircut—beyond his musical skills, Carney had been most known for his long locks.
Playing material from his debut EP, Confluence, and a few new songs he hadn’t previously performed, Carney used various guitar pedals to make rhythmic loops while expertly wailing on his guitar and adding a touch of that D’Angelo neo soul. Flowing from one song into the next, he covered Johns Lennon’s “Jealous Guy,” injecting his own sound while keeping the original’s bittersweet melancholy. And by the end of the night, Carney had won over everyone there with his passionate performance. —Karen Silva | @ClassicKaren