“Hundreds of people gathered at Smiley Hollow Sunday to help raise money and show support for a young Robertson County father suffering from a rare and deadly brain tumor. Besides family and friends in the community, musicians from across the country performed at the event. Mandy Zahn, who leads the band Mandy Z and Rural Route One, has been personally touched by brain cancer. “I have a brother that I lost to an inoperable brain tumor as well as a cousin,” Zahn said. “My brother was diagnosed when he was 26 with a wife and two little girls and we lost him when he was 29. My cousin was 9 and we lost him when he was 12. So this is something that was very near and dear to my heart"”
“The 10th annual Beachfest in Round Lake Beach got off to a fast start with “Country Night” on Friday featuring Mandy Z & Rural Route 1 opening for Bella Cain. Alas, rain dampened things a little on Saturday. “It was amazing. We had one of the biggest crowds we ever had Friday night,” said Kevin Wallace, chairman of Beachfest. “Belle Cain just got back from Austin, Texas, and Mandy Z & Rural Route 1 came back from the Country Music Awards [CMA Fest, Fan Fair] in Nashville,” he said...”
“You and Your Band were Outstanding Mandy!! Twin Lakes was thrilled to have you come perform for us!!! Thank You so much for showing everyone such a Great Time!!”
"Mandy Z & Rural Route One....were live in Kenosha this past Saturday. It was great to hear a band that not only plays a variety of country music but also writes and performs it own tunes as well....what a great mix. Mandy and her band are a very pleasant group to work for. Lots of hugs and handshakes with this group!!! GREAT stage presence, great lighting, GREAT group to work for and they really get the crowd into the show as well!!! You will be saying "another great tune" after every song! They even took time during the show to sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a fan!"
“[Don’t let this “Local” Lady of Country Music fool ya’…she’s a Firecracker on Stage, full of energy and yet can sing a Country Ballad so sultry that it leaves the boys breathless] [This “Texaco Country Showdown” 4th Place Finalist Band has already made an impact on not only the local scene, but nationally as well. With her fellow cohorts, Bob Lindsley, Patrick “Hutch” Hutchins, Jim Roxworthy and Bart Alonzo, they round out this talented beauty with great harmonies as well as their musical talents, providing “Rockin’ Country” their way! They have been instrumental in lending their talents to various local Charities, even on short notice, they prove their versatility and professionalism in helping out those less fortunate by providing quality entertainment and support to families in need.] *Check out C2E Photography on Facebook for the full review & a look at the work she does!”
“I normally don't play the same artist twice during a show, but the phone lines have been lighting up for more of Mandy Z & Rural Route One, so here we go with another great tune, "Drinkin' Song"”
"I am so glad to be playing Mandy Z & Rural Route One, tune we're gonna hear is "Honky Tonk Heart" & Mandy wrote this... without further ado, Mandy Z & Rural Route One, "Honky Tonk Heart"!
“Chicago Southland Festival of Racing- enjoy a concert from one of the Midwest's hottest country bands, Rural Route One”
“Rock The Ark Winners- Rural Route One [FM 106.1 Milwaukee Country's Rock The Ark Battle of the Bands Winners- Noah's Ark Water Park- Wisconsin Dells]”
“Talented & has a gift worth sharing. She's going to be around for a while.”
“Energy, dynamics, drive, passion, & a strong voice.”
“A stellar performer”
“One of the biggest and best voices I've heard in years! Great band & great to work with!”