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Artist Bio

 Hailing from Southern California, Ted Z and The Wranglers take the best elements of the Americana and rock-n-roll genres to deliver catchy, unforgettable songs. Since 2012, Ted Zakka (lead vocals), Jackson Leverone (lead guitar, vocals), Marcos de la Cruz (drums, vocals), Henry Clift (bass guitar, vocals), and James Hamilton (guitar, vocals) have been captivating audiences with their explosive guitar solos, thick vocal harmonies, and lovingly-crafted tunes. The band is a force to be reckoned with live and impossible to ignore. 

 Ted Z and The Wranglers have shared bills with heavy hitters like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Steppenwolf. Their first label release “Ghost Train” was recorded at Yellow Dog Studios in Wimberley, Texas and produced by Monte Byrom (Big House, Eddie Money). They are winners of Hard Rock Rising LA and were featured in Billboard magazine for their last album release “Southland.” 2024 will see the release of their brand new album entitled “Kerosene” and an extensive US and European tour to support the release.  The sky's the limit for this group of talented musicians.

Press Reviews

Ted Z and The Wranglers new single "Guests on Sunday Morning" premiering exclusively below is twist on a conventional Sunday morning standard.” - Gary Graff

Billboard Magazine

...the Wayfarer was just waiting for a band like Ted Z and the Wranglers to offer up some more legitimacy to the bar's name....The band's mustachioed frontman Ted Zakka wasn't shy about getting the audience nice and loose as they commenced some tightly spun rock-tinged country tunes.... With the right balance between rowdy party songs and slow balladry, Ted Z and the Wranglers created a barn burner inside the Wayfarer that seemed well worth the trip. ” - Nate Jackson

OC Weekly

This album exhibits Zakka's growing abilities as a songwriter with his powerful almost mythical ability to bring a song to life. ” - Steve Donofrio

OC Weekly

It’s their brand of grassroots, southwestern country-folk that sets them apart... there’s an introspective feel to their music, a manner in which inspires thought and reflection. Not content to remain sonically low key, however, their music also spans grittier rock ‘n’ roll, making them a well-rounded group of musicians and artists. ” - Vickye Fisher

For The Country Record

If there's such a thing as a high-functioning rock band, Ted Z and the Wranglers are it. Since getting serious as a band a couple of years ago, they've been on a creative tear...” - Adam Levinus

OC Weekly

OC Music ShowCase Article

OC Music Showcase Article

Teds latest interview dicussing upcoming album and life during quarantine.

Billboard Magazine Article

billboard Magazine article

Check out the Billboard Magazines Article about our latest album, Southland.

OC Weekly Article

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