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Festival going country on Sunday with Zano

From left the Jeanne Zano Band, Diamond Dave Baratta fiddle, steel guitar, mandolin, vocals; Joe Partash drums, vocal; Jeanne Zano vocals, keyboards; Mike Dantone bass; Dennis Chabala guitar, vocals.

It takes guts to cover Patsy Cline and Jeanne Zano has the guts and the voice to do it. Festival-goers will hear that at the Tomato Festival bandshell from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. And they might hear Zano, backed by the Jeanne Zano Band, belt out country hits by Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride or Gretchen Wilson.

More than likely they’ll hear Zano’s original tunes from her country album Here I Am recorded in Nashville.

Zano got the opportunity to record the album by winning a talent contest at the Wyoming County Fair in 2005. She sang two Martina McBride songs, “In My Daughter’s Eyes” in the first round and then her version of “Over the Rainbow” in the finals. There was a monetary prize and the next year she opened at the fair for the national act, Jason Aldean. She sang the National Anthem and one other song. The next year she got a full show at the fair opening for Lorrie Morgan.

Morgan’s keyboard player and producer Mark Oliverius liked what he heard. He offered to record Zano in Nashville. Three of the songs on Here I am are Zano originals – “Lost the Feeling”, “Can’t Get Over You” and “8 Years of Life” a moving ballet about her sister you died at eight years old and which won two songwriting contests. “I had written the one about my sister a long time ago and the others over the years. I had other songs. I thought back which ones I would want for the CD I brushed them up, changed them up a little and sent them down there,” Zano said.

Zano and her band have been a hit at Cooper’s Cabana, Grotto’s Grand Slam Sports Bar, Bar on Oak and at festivals all over the area.

On Saturday, August 27 at 9 p.m. they will be headlining the Kielbassa Festival in Plymouth. She and the band will be back at Bar on Oak on September 24.

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