Tattoos and Tender Music: Zach Meadows’ Performance on Lady Bird Lake Thoughts+Photos: Zach Meadows on New Nashville Riverboat Roadshow on Lady Bird Lake during SXSW 3/15/23
“… Next batter up was Zach Meadows and, like the tide, we moved. Literally. While one artist performed upstairs and outside, another set up downstairs and inside. In the handful of minutes between the sets, the passengers poured up and down the not-quite rickety but not-quite sturdy steel spiral staircase connecting one floor to the other. And yet no bottlenecks at the chokepoints. It was such a chill vibe. Perhaps we were a reflection of the artist themselves. Case and point, Zach Meadows. Zach was the first of the downstairs performers and he was the epitome of chill. Well worn boots, old jean jacket, trucker cap, and very non-threatening tattooed flowers growing up the side of his neck. A voice that was soft and sweet as salted butter and as tender and delicate as the foliage inked around his nape. Music that begged one to question who might’ve inspired him to tattoo a permanent garden of leaves and petals on his skin; leaves and petals that won’t wilt the way a love sometimes will.
As it happened, Zach pointed out that his fiancee was with us on the boat. So forgive my projections if they were off target. Music takes us where it will. And sometimes where we will it.
But maybe I wasn’t too far off the mark. His next song, Texas Two Step, pointed out that where love is lost, hope may be born. Sometimes even with the same person. But I project once more…”