|Member since||September 23, 2016|
|Members||Zoltan Szekely(vocals, guitar), Terry Bluhm(upright bass), Nick Baker(percussion, pots, pans)|
|Influences||Leon Redbone, Spike Jones, Weird Al Yankovic|
|Zoltan and The Fortune Tellers has been playing original music in Albuquerque for about a decade. The group Consists of Zoltan Szekely on Guitar and Vocals, Terry Bluhm on upright bass and Nick Baker on washboard, percussion, pots and pans. The band plays lots of over the top ticklishly oddball, sometimes danceable, sometimes awkward songs. Several of Zoltan's songs have been featured on the legendary national radio hall of famer Dr Demento's weekly online show. The very tasty ‘Cheese Song’ earned Zoltan a spot on the main stage of one of the Largest Cheese festivals in the country in Monroe Wisconsin. |
Zoltan was born in Transylvania!(yes its real, and yes he was born there) He is Hungarian but has lived in many places around the globe, including Romania, Hungary, and Canada, before settling down in Albuquerque NM. Since early childhood Zoltan had a secret interest in music, taking up violin in middle school, and somehow convincing his parents to buy him an electric guitar. He started off by taking a few months of lessons from a Hungarian circus performer (trapeze was his specialty). Then struck out on a long journey of teaching himself music. He has played bass, as well as guitar with numerous Albuquerque groups ranging in style from ethnic punk rock to country, samba and groove rock. Zoltan has also worked as a musician in a couple of movies (Lone Ranger and a Million ways to die in the west). He started playing with bassist Terry Bluhm about 6 years ago, and instantly found they had great musical chemistry. Terry himself is also of eastern European origins (Polish) so the two often have lengthy and enthusiastic discussions about their Old world roots. Terry is the wise one of the group, he brings his many decades of experience playing music all over the globe to the band. Hailing from Kansas city, Nick Baker jumped on board shortly after Terry and slowly built up a jalopy of a drum kit that complimented the songs really well. It consists, literally, of pots, pans, and items only he knows the origins of, although many have wondered. Nick has a masters degree in percussion from UNM, which makes him the most academically decorated member of the group.
The newest album from the trio is called ‘Songs of Spring’. Most of the songs were written in a wild frenzy in the spring of ’15 and also have a springy bouncy feel to them, thus the title. It features many great guest musicians including legendary bassist James Whiton, who most notably is the bassist on most of Tom Waits album 'Bad as Me'. With this new album under their belt, Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers are set to conquer the world with their oddly satisfying music.