Category: Z

Zenkl, Radim


  • From Czechoslavakia (defected to the U.S. four months before the fall of Communism). Lives in Oakland, California.
  • Billed as “The only musician in the world performing original, solo mandolin music.”
  • Has worked with Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Psychograss, others.
  • 1984, won the national mandolin championship (Czechoslavakia).
  • 1992, won the national mandolin championship (U.S.A) in Winfield, Kansas.
  • 1992, released Galactic Mandolin album (Acoustic Disc)
  • 1994, released Czech It Out album (Acoustic Disc).
  • 1999, released Restless Joy album (no label).

Zink, Corey


  • From Massachusetts; now lives in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
  • 2003-2012, played mandolin with a Massachusetts band called Acoustic Blue. Left to form the Corey Zink Band (later renamed Zink & Company).
  • 2014, released Zink & Company album (no label).
  • 2015, released Zink & Company II album (no label).
  • 2016, released Zink & Company III album (no label).
  • 2018, his band included Zink (guitar/lead vocals), John Roc (mandolin), Dan Menzone (banjo), Keith Edwards (bass), Doug Bartlett (mandolin) and Gary Pomerleau (fiddle).
  • 2018, released Zink & Company IV album (no label).
  • 2019, moved to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and was signed by Sound Biscuit Records. He is a regular performer at Dollywood. He also formed a “classic country” band to expand his audience.
  • 2021, released singles “Bein’ Country” and “Best of Her” (Sound Biscuit).

Zoe and Cloyd


(See also Red June)

  • From Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Zoe is Natalya Zoe Weinstein (fiddle) and Cloyd is John Cloyd Miller (guitar and mandolin). They are husband and wife (married in 2010).
  • 2005, first met and began performing together in a band called Lo-Fi Breakdown.
  • 2008, formed a band called Red June with Will Straughan (Dobro™ and guitar). 
  • Miller is the grandson of fiddler Jim Shumate (who played with Bill Monroe and was the original fiddle player with Flatt and Scruggs).
  • Zoe’s grandfather David Weinstein is a Russian immigrant who played klezmer music.
  • 2010, released first Red June album Remember Me Well (no label).
  • 2012, released second Red June album Beauty Will Come (no label).
  • 2013, Miller won 1st place in the bluegrass category at the Merlefest Chris Austin songwriting contest.
  • 2014, released third Red June album Ancient Dreams (Organic).
  • 2015, released Equinox album (no label) under their new name Zoe and Cloyd.
  • 2019, released I Am Your Neighbor album (Organic).

Zonn, Andrea


  • From Champaign, Illinois. Lives in Nashville.
  • She and Alison Krauss are from the same town, and were good friends growing up. They competed in fiddle contests against each other. Had the same violin teacher.
  • Began playing fiddle at age 2.
  • As a child, performed in a group with her father called The Heartland Band. Later called Fourth Stream.
  • Moved to Nashville to play at Opryland as a teenager. Was part of the Brenda Lee Show.
  • Has a BA in music from Vanderbilt University (in classical violin).
  • 1988-1990, worked with Tony Trischka and the Big Dogs.
  • 1991, toured with Vince Gill and has been a member of his touring band ever since.
  • Early 1994, toured with Pam Tillis.
  • 1994, formed her own band called Twilight Zonn—playing country, rock, bluegrass.
  • 1994, toured with Lyle Lovett.
  • As a session musician, has worked on recordings by Ronnie Milsap, Randy Travis, George Strait, Steve Wariner, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, many others.
  • 2003, released solo album “Love Goes On.”
  • 2003, toured with James Taylor.
  • 2004, worked with the Alison Brown Quartet
  • She recently received graduate degree from Union Theological Seminary, with an emphasis in counseling. She is an ordained minister.
  • 2010, toured with James Taylor and Carole King.
  • 2013, toured with Trace Adkins.