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Sunday, August 2, 2009

8/4: Trevor Hall at HOB

Posted By on Sun, Aug 2, 2009 at 8:00 AM

That old saying about youth being wasted on the young has no bearing on Trevor Hall. The South Carolinian started playing and writing music early on: For his 15th birthday, Hall’s father gave him time in his friend’s recording studio, which resulted in Hall’s first album. The following year, Hall attended L.A.’s Idyllwild School for the Arts, which eventually led him to California after graduation. Hall had already signed with a major record company by then, but the label dropped him after releasing a four-song EP. Undaunted, Hall recorded This Is Blue, an acoustic album with percussionist Chris Steele, and self-released it. Hall’s eponymous full-length major-label debut hits stores this week, and it’s a tasty stylistic gumbo, spinning through pop, reggae, hip-hop and rock like a gene splice of Xavier Rudd, Ziggy Marley, Anthony Keidis and Dave Matthews. One look at some of the people Hall has toured with hints at the broad range the young man embraces: Ben Harper, Steel Pulse, Los Lobos, Rusted Root, Colbie Caillat and Matisyahu, who co-wrote “Unity” on Hall’s new album. And like the true world citizen that Hall seems to be, he fits in with all of them. Zach opens at 9:30 p.m. at House of Blues’ Cambridge Room (308 Euclid Ave., 216.523.2583). Tickets: $10 advance, $12 day of show. — Brian Baker

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