Zechariah Lloyd Tillotson likes to call his sound "space country." Somewhere in the genre of psychedelic soul, mixed with Delta blues, a little country undertone and a hint of humility, Tillotson's raw sound evokes pain and soulfulness, evident on songs like "Cheatin' Hands," "When It's Gone" and "Empty Regret."
Tillotson, 26, grew up with a drummer father and a pianist mother, so music has been an important part of his life since childhood. At the tender age of 5 or 6, Tillotson began playing the drums as a hobby and began playing professionally at age 17. He has played with a myriad of artists such as Cary Hudson, Jimbo Mathis and Kenny Brown.
In 2007, Tillotson started his solo career, dropping his last name for the stage. Although he began as a drummer, he plays guitar in his solo performances. His 3-year-old son is the inspiration for much of his music; he mainly performs original work. "If I do a cover, I try to make it my own," he says. He has an untitled album in the making, set for release this fall, and is working on a tour of Colorado for next summer.
Zechariah Lloyd performs at the Cork Wine & Martini Bar (6414 U.S. 98, Suite 70, Hattiesburg) June 30 at 8 p.m. Cover charge is $5. For more information, call 601-450-8749.