Critics have recognized Zeman as a master storyteller. He has spent the past 12 years writing and recording Americana soundscapes, drawing from roots-rock and alternative country, all while releasing 12 studio albums, one live record, making extensive tours of North America and has received praise from numerous press outlets.
“His songs have more depth than can be realized first time through, which only enhances with each listen,” wrote trade magazine Penguin Eggs.
Zeman has also won a number of songwriting awards, including second place at the 2016 Unsigned Only Competition and the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for his track “Pulling Your Sword Out Of The Devil’s Back.” In 2017 he returned to ISC as a finalist with his song “Dead Man’s Shoes.”
“I was inspired to write from the feeling I got when I listened to music,” Zeman said. “I always hoped I could pass on the same overwhelming feeling to others.”
Exclaim! magazine calls Brock “a songwriter worth hearing over and over again,” while radio station CKUA hails his work as “intelligent, tuneful, heart-felt songs served up with an authentic but understated style.” The Waterloo Region Record wrote, “Zeman doesn’t surrender an inch to any Texas singer/songwriter you care to name. Closer to home, he has the chops to join the likes of Fred Eaglesmith on the lonesome outskirts of town after the street lights come on.”
Busted Flat Records characterizes Zeman as a storyteller as much as a musician, commenting that his lifelike character sketches and the slice-of-life scenarios in his songs have been lauded for their ability to make listeners feel like they’ve dropped into a scene in a Texan bar.
“Most songs are just floating about, right in front of your eyes, brushing by your ear or on the tip of your tongue just waiting to be sung,” Zeman said. “I’ve been finding that the more I let the song write itself, the more I enjoy the song in the end. Same goes for recording and playing with the band … and maybe everything else.”
In 2011, Zeman founded Mud Records, his signature label for releasing his own material and the imprint for showcasing emerging roots talent in Canada. Rootstime named Mud Records “a promising young label.” Brock’s 2017 album release is The Carnival is Back in Town.
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