Known for its high-energy shows, tight instrumentals and Tim Zach’s strong vocals, 

Whiskey Bent is a five-man country rock band based in central Nebraska. In addition to 

Zach, Whiskey Bent is made up of Jeff Westwood (guitar), Jeff Wilson (drums), Joe Parr 

(guitar, mandolin, harmonica) and Kevin Galvan (bass). Westwood and Wilson have 

been with the band since it formed in 2009. Whiskey Bent writes and performs its own music and covers a variety of top artists that include Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Johnny Cash and more. “Garth Brooks meets Metallica. We’re country with crunch,” explains Zach. “We like to push the limits with songs and bring a rock attitude to every song we play.”

 

In 2010, Whiskey Bent played at Nebraska’s popular Comstock Windmill Festival 

alongside national acts Clay Walker, Rodney Atkins, Trent Tomlinson and Emerson 

Drive. That appearance launched a relationship in 2011 with Kearney-based radio 

station Nebraska’s Hot Country Y102 and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which 

led to the first of many benefit concerts to raise money to fight childhood cancer.

Whiskey Bent solidified itself in the Midwest music scene in 2012. The band has opened 

for national artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Collin Raye, Blackhawk, Jon Pardi, and 

Canaan Smith while also playing festivals with artists such as Florida Georgia Line,  

Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, and the Casey Donahew Band. Whiskey Bent was 

featured in Las Vegas at the PBR World Finals in October of 2015.

 

Whiskey Bent began writing and performing their own songs in 2012, beginning with the

debut single “On The River,” which quickly became a top request on local country radio. 

Whiskey Bent followed up with a second single – “Every Bar’s Got One,”and released 

four songs on its first EP.  In 2013, with its EP gaining momentum and increased radio 

airplay, Whiskey Bent expanded its fan base by booking shows beyond its central 

Nebraska roots, playing in surrounding states such as Iowa, South Dakota, and others.  

The band also increased its national presence, opening and playing alongside artists 

such as Jake Owen, Jerrod Niemann and The Lost Trailers.  Whiskey Bent is currently 

in its busiest year of touring, playing more than 90 live shows. In addition to 

being one of the most sought-after club bands in the Midwest, Whiskey Bent is a regular 

on the summer county fair and country music festival circuit, including the popular 

Kicker Country Stampede in Manhattan, Kans. Riding the success of its first EP, the 

band also released Its first full-length album in July 2014, which includes eight original 

songs and two live cuts. Zach spent time at Station West studio in Nashville, 

recording songs written by established songwriters such as Jamey Johnson. He Co-

wrote and recorded “Like Him” – a song about his grandfather – as part of a solo project that was released in November 2015.  For upcoming show information, news and 

photos of Tim Zach and Whiskey Bent, visit www.facebook.com/whiskeybentband

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