Blue Water Highway
741 Kilby Court
Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
Doors 7:00 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
Blue Water Highway
Blue Water Highway runs just outside of Freeport up towards Galveston along the Texas Gulf
Coast. This is the part of the world where the cultures of Texas and Louisiana collide in a unique
melting pot steeped in the traditions of the people of both states. It is here, in the town of Lake
Jackson, TX, that Zack Kibodeaux and Greg Essington grew up, became friends, and began
playing music in local coffee shops and bars. After High School, Greg headed to New York City
to pursue a degree in music technology. Zack went to Texas State in San Marcos to study vocal
performance, specifically opera. Zack would eventually coax Greg back to Texas to form the
band they dubbed Blue Water Highway after the stretch of road that their lives centered around
on the coast of Texas.
Zack Kibodeaux wanted to belong to a real band in the tradition of his heroes such as those in
The E Street Band and The Heartbreakers. While most of those in his generation looked
towards TV game shows and singing contests for quick success, Zack knew the only path for
him was the path of hard work, dedication to one’s craft, and endless miles on the highway.
Finding the right group of people to complete the band came with its own set of challenges.
Zack turned to Catherine Clarke, a fellow opera singer, to complete the three part harmonies
that the band would soon to be known for. Kyle James Smith was added on bass and
eventually drummer Jared Wilson was welcomed into the fold. The Blue Water Highway sound
was instantly unique and the only thing to do was to take it straight to the people and the stages
The band released a self-titled, six song, EP in 2013 and then followed that up with the full
length LP “Things We Carry” in 2015. This album featured the single “Medicine Man” that
quickly became the closing song in an increasingly popular live show. The band began touring
across the United States in 2015 and continues to define themselves as a live act built on
excellent musicianship, great songs, and that signature three part harmony that sets the band
apart from their peers.
On June 8th 2018, the band will release their new album entitled “Heartbreak City”. This is their
most ambitious album to date as they have worked very hard to hone and refine their sound.
The album was recorded in Texas with the producer known as Machine at the helm. Both live
and in the studio the band continue to explore new sounds and musical landscapes while
remaining true to their roots along the Blue Water Highway.