Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: Unknown
Band: The Big Blue Hearts, Christie McCarthy, Jamie Clark
Genres: Rock, Pop, Country
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Drummer Paul Zarich has been drumming for the San Francisco band, Big Blue Hearts, since the late 1990s. The band’s debut self-titled album, released in 1997, is full of "simple love songs [with] a timeless, classic quality."

Paul Zarich observed, "There's a dark side to our music. It's a cool dark, though, not a depressing dark. It's a darkness that's intriguing, kind of haunting and mysterious." Their music is moody, energetic, and full of heartbreak.

After releasing their debut, Big Blue Hearts opened for Joe Walsh at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. But getting great gigs wasn’t always easy of the band.  They had to develop a unique approach. Paul Zarich recalls, "We didn't have a [demo] tape. So we'd go to a club on open mic night, go in as a full band—which no one ever does—and we'd always get an offer to come back and do a real show." Eventually these tactics got the attention of a talent scout, and the band signed with Geffen Records.

During Big Blue Hearts' debut performance in New York City, the band wooed the crowd with their "seamless, romantic songs, which told vivid tales of elusive love and redemption." After their performance, the band was compared to Roy Orbison, Chris Isaak, and Ricky Nelson.

Paul Zarich also performed with Christie McCarthy on her 2003 album, Everyday Real. The album was described as being full of Christie’s powerful country sound and a display of the great chemistry she had with her talented band of Paul Zarich, George Cole, Mike Anderson, Daniel Eisenberg, and Jimmy Luttrell. "They provide rich and strong arrangements and bring out the best of each song."

Paul also performed country/rock with Jamie Clark’s Bay Area band, The Players.  The band includes Jules Storm, Mike Anderson, Jim DeBaca (rotating on drums with Paul), and Jamie Clark.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1997 The Big Blue Hearts The Big Blue Hearts
2003 Everyday Real Christie McCarthy


  • While Paul Zarich was with The Big Blue Hearts, the band used open mic nights at clubs to get gigs.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Sticks: Vic Firth

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