Zach Blair

Zach is the lead guitarist for the Chicago-based band Rise Against.


Growing up in rural Texas, his passion for music sparked at a shockingly young age. His dad was a local radio DJ, who instilled the love of music in the home. Outside of music, the family dynamic was less than ideal. He was able to form an unbreakable bond with his brother, Doni. Together they founded the bands Hagfish and Armstrong. Which took them out of their hometown and relocated them to a major city.


With years of dedication to his craft, Zach has built a towering musical resume. Which includes building the melodic hardcore group Only Crime. Playing in Gwar, showcasing as Flattus Maximus from 1999 to 2002, and with a return in 2013 to write and record the album Battle Maximus. Currently Blair has started as the songwriter and guitarist for the punk band, Drakulas, alongside his lifelong friends of The Riverboat Gamblers.