Thursday, September 10, 2015

Local trio helps usher in a new season of SyFy zombies

Charlotte area trio Amigo will get a chance to charm a national television audience with its warm, rootsy country-rock Friday when its song "Love Made a Fool Out Of Me" plays during the season premier of the SyFy network's "Z Nation."

The song was originally included as a bonus track on the digital version of the group's debut album "Might Could" and is now available as a single on iTunes. "Might Could" was one of the best local releases of 2014, boosted by songwriter Slade Baird's songwriting and the band's rocking Americana chemistry and punk attitude, which translates well live.

"Z Nation" is the SyFy network's take on the zombie apocalypse. The action dramady stars DJ Qualls ("Supernatural," "Perception") and Kellita Smith ("The First Family," Bernie Mac's wife from "The Bernie Mac Show").

Amigo, who is working on the follow-up to "Might Could," isn't the first Charlotte artist to have their work included in a SyFy original series. Singer-songwriter Jon Lindsay's music appeared on the series "Haven" (a show I watch religiously).

Although I don't catch "Z Nation" every week (small children and zombie shows don't really mix), I do watch when I can. I considerate it less of a downer than "The Walking Dead." It's campy, but it can turn serious. The episode where DJ Qualls' Citizen Z, his dog, and his conscience receive a visitor from outside his Alaskan compound is quite compelling. It's nice to see an actor who is often used for comic relief  ("Supernatural," "Road Trip") get a chance to flex his dramatic skills.

Qualls also appeared in a 2010 movie called "Amigo." Coincidence?