August 7, 2014

Rock Hill teen to open for Wynonna on Friday

Zach Ludlam, a rising senior at Rock Hill High School, is a budding country musician who will open for country superstar Wynonna in Rock Hill Friday night.

It’s been an eventful summer for 16-year-old Zach Ludlam.

Ludlam, a rising senior at Rock Hill High School, is a budding country musician who has been catching the attention of some big names from Nashville.

He took an interest in music from a young age.

“I was 10 when I started playing guitar,” he said. “Then I learned to play piano when I was 12 or 13, and I’ve been pursuing music seriously for about a year now.”

A lot has happened in that year. Ludlam released a single titled “American Town,” which was sent to radio stations two weeks ago. The single is now available on TouchTunes digital Jukeboxes.

Ludlam’s music got him some attention from Grammy award-winning singer Wynonna. Ludlam will be one of her opening acts Friday night when she performs at the Old Town Amphitheater in downtown Rock Hill.

How did he get the gig? The way young people do pretty much everything today – through social media. Ludlam and Wynonna connected on Twitter.

“I had just followed her, and I was sitting in my room when I got a tweet,” Ludlam said.

Once the two started communicating via Twitter, the rest followed naturally with the help of Ludlam’s manager. Ludlam and his band secured the Rock Hill gig about four weeks ago.

As the concert approaches, Ludlam has gotten plenty of attention from local TV and radio stations.

“It’s a lot,” he said.

Ludlam will be up before 7:30 a.m. Friday for a radio interview. He plans to spend the rest of the day practicing with his band until the 4:30 p.m. setup and soundcheck.

By 7 p.m. he’ll be on stage.

Ludlam said he felt a little nervous, but in a good way – the kind of nervousness that’s necessary for a good performance.

“I’m very excited,” he said. “I can’t wait.”

Aside from opening for a superstar, Friday’s show is exciting for Ludlam for another reason: It’s his younger sister’s 14th birthday, and Alexa will be singing alongside her brother.

“She sings with me in church sometimes,” Ludlam said, “but she just recently became a part of the band.”

After opening for Wynonna, the rest of the summer looks bright and busy for Ludlam. He plans to shoot a music video before school starts in less than two weeks.

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