Jackie & the Treehorns

Rooted in the basic tenants of a power trio, but borrowing liberally from all styles of rock, Jackie and The Treehorns are an Alexandria, VA-based band that plays all original music. Formed in 2009 by Steven Rubin under the guise of an alter ego and his band, the concept might be tongue-in-cheek but the music most certainly is not.

The bands music covers a wide sonic palate while Jackie’s lyrics touch on subjects ranging from celebrity stalkers, serial killers, and hitchhikers to oddities such as UFO’s, deja vu, and ghosts. If Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Sonic Youth, The Flaming Lips, Tom Waits, Pink Floyd and others combined forces to form a supergroup, well, that would be pretty awesome. Since that’s not happening we can safely assume that the sounds of Jackie and The Treehorns will fulfill our desires.

Don Zientara

Grew up in Rochester, NY. Had several friends in school who knew quite a bit about electronics and taught me to build/design/repair that sort of equipment.

Had old tape recorders all my life. Also wired them so that it was a sound reinforcement system. Experimented with electronic design and function.

Studied art at Syracuse University. BFA in 1970.

Attended graduate school at West Virginia University, majoring in painting and printmaking. Studied paper construction and restoration.

Was drafted into the Army in 1971. Lottery. Number one.

Signed up for electronics training. After basic training finished, was told there was a surplus of electronic trainees, but would I want to draw and paint portraits for the Army Recruiting Support Center (Cameron Station, Alexandria)?

Accepted the invitation to work there.

Applied for, and received a CO (Conscientious Objector) in 1973.

Went to work for the National Gallery of Art as an exhibits framer and paper conservator.

After about 5 years, became the NGA's audio engineer

Stayed there for another 4 years, then went on to work as studio manager, then on my own. Have been running Inner Ear Studio ever since.

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