Joan Zen was voted BEST MUSICIAN in the Ravalli Republic’s Annual Reader’s Poll 10 years of the last 13 years 2006-2014 and now, 2018!

“Bitterrooters have selected Joan Zen as their favorite musician in the Valley. Whether she and husband, Jason Hicks, are singing at intimate affairs, community fundraising events or to capacity crowds, Joan Zen has been wooing Bitterroot music fans for years now. Her soul, rock and funk sound continues to attract fans of all ages to her different venues that includes Hamilton’s Bitter Root Brewery and The Office as well as Blacksmith Brewery in Stevensville. Zen’s music is more than a singular experience. It’s an opportunity to forge change to make the Bitterroot Valley a better place to live for all of us.” – RR, 2010

Very Zenteresting by Joe Nickell
The Missoulian, Feb 2005

Joan Zen Cuts CD Number Two by Gretchen Langton
Bitterroot Star April, 2007

Zenophilia, The Youniverse Loves You by Bob Wire
Missoula Independent, May 2007

Joan Zen and Huey Lewis Rock Their Neighbors
Explore the Bitterroot, June 2008

Harmonious Band’s Second CD, Youinverse by Brian D’Ambrosio
Clark Fork Journal, June 2010

Joan Zen | This Is the Fortunate Life
Joan Zen’s powerful vocals and sterling production create soulful, thoughtful sound
Lively Times, May 2017