Zach Fountain of rushmore beekeepers

When searching for inspiration, what do you do? If you’re Zach Fountain, you promise everyone you’ll release a new song every week for one year. This project turned into Rushmore Beekeepers’ 52 of 28, an album written and recorded across the southwestern United States with over a dozen instruments and several guest musicians.

we built a fire every night
to let the world know we were alive

Listen here

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Zach Fountain performs as Rushmore Beekeepers on guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo, autoharp, and other instruments, looping guitar, keyboard, and drums at shows to create a full band sound. He has been writing songs, recording, and performing since the late 1990s and has released nine albums of original indie folk and rock music.

Zach was classically trained on violin before deciding to focus on guitar, blending his passion for writing prose, poetry, and music. After starting a band called Minimum Wage (named after a They Might Be Giants song) with some high school friends, he started writing and recording solo material, releasing his first album, This Lonely Planet, as Neon Blue Sunset in 2001.

Since taking on the band name Rushmore Beekeepers in 2001 (borrowed from Wes Anderson’s film Rushmore), he has been consistently creating original music ranging from folk to indie rock, primarily written and recorded solo in his home studio, Dirt to Mud, with some songs recorded at Greene Means Go.

Zach grew up in Las Cruces and Mesilla, NM and has lived in Las Vegas, NV and Austin, TX. He now travels the USA full time in an RV with his wife and their dogs, making music and playing shows on the road.

Rotating members and guest musicians:

  • Amanda Hawkins
  • Carrie Hawkins
  • Sam Greene
  • Tosh Fountain
  • Kyla Bella (dog)
  • Dakota Frye (dog)

Other bands:

  • Faux Bold
  • Like Winter Weather
  • Scrap Iron Saints
  • Sweet Zombie Jesus