Lee Zimmerman

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Lee Zimmerman

Lee Zimmerman is an accomplished writer, blogger and reviewer. He contributes to several publications, but remains most proud of his work with American Songwriter. His book — Americana Music: Voices, Visionaries and Pioneers of an Honest Sound — is published by Texas A&M University Press and he is currently working on his second book, one which will detail the career of famed producer/engineer Jim Gaines. In addition, he does a popular podcast called “My Backstage Pass” with his esteemed collaborator, Billy Hubbard. Lee began his record industry career working in promotion for the late, great ABC Records and followed that with a lengthy stint at Capitol Records. As a result, he’s had opportunity to work with a number of artists over the course of his career, including Tom Petty, Bob Seger, Jimmy Buffett, and Steve Forbert, among many others. An obsessive music collector, he owns too many albums to count at this point and a variety of musical instruments he’s yet to learn how to play. His work can also be found at his personal website, https://www.storiesbeyondthemusic.com.

Latest from Lee

Eliza Gilkyson

Review: A River Runs Through It for Eliza Gilkyson

Eliza Gilkyson/Songs from the River Wind/Red House4.5 out of Five Stars Eliza Gilkyson came by her song-crafting skills naturally. Her father, Terry Gilkyson, was a hit songwriter in the ‘50s and ‘60s, as well as an Oscar-nominated singer and longtime composer of Disney movie scores. Eliza made her recording debut on some of her dad’s More

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Review: With His New Album, Elvis Reemerges as Classic Costello

Elvis Costello/The Boy Named If/CapitolFour out of five stars As a rule, one doesn’t know quite what to expect from the generally irascible Elvis Costello, especially given the fact he’s tended to stray into a remarkable array of directions and digressions over the course of a captivating career. That said, The Boy Named If finds More

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Review: Jason Boland Shares a Surreal Scenario

Jason Boland & The Stragglers/The Light Saw Me/Proud Souls EntertainmentThree out of Five Stars If it wasn’t for its unlikely premise, Jason Boland’s latest opus, The Light Saw Me, might sound like another example of tough, tenacious outlaw country cavorting, something Merle or Waylon might have opted to share back in their heyday. As it More

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Brian WIlson

Review: Music That Bears Witness to Brian Wilson’s Wanderings

Brian Wilson/Long Promised Road/Lakeshore Records3.5 out of Five Stars First, there’s the obvious. As a soundtrack for the upcoming documentary about Brian Wilson, Long Promised Road offers all one would expect—an ample supply of the music Wilson and the Beach Boys are best known for, chock full of the innocence, exuberance, and immediate appeal that More

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The Band

Review: The Band is in Cahoots Once Again

The Band/Cahoots (50th Anniversary Edition)/Capitol/UME3.5 out of Five Stars Having originally appeared on the heels of the Band’s first three landmark albums, their fourth effort, Cahoots, had a lot to measure up to. Naturally, that was no easy task considering the seminal standards initially recorded in the company of Bob Dylan at Woodstock and the subsequent More

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Neil Young

Review: A Neil Young Perspective From Past to Present

Neil Young/Barn and Carnegie Hall 1970/Reprise3.5 out of Five Stars It’s a credit to Neil Young’s seemingly nonstop prolific prowess and ongoing ambition that he’s chalked up no less than four albums this past year alone. And while three of them may be of an archival nature, it’s clear that he’s still determined to see More

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Paul Kelly

Review: Paul Kelly’s Crafty Christmas Greetings

Paul Kelly/Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train/Cooking VinylFour stars out of five Anyone that’s followed Paul Kelly’s career over the past 48 years, or so, can likely attest to the obvious, that Kelly’s not only a superb Australian singer/songwriter of worldwide repute, but a multi-faceted musician as well. Aside from his ability to create instantly infectious melodies—songs More

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Review: ‘New Adventures in Hi-Fi’ by R.E.M.

Ten albums in, R.E.M. were at the peak of their prowess, both credibly and commercially. Released 25 years ago, the album that reflected that sanctified status, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, became their final recording to feature drummer Bill Berry, who left the following year. It also marked their last effort under the auspices of original manager Jefferson Holt and More

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Review: Let Us Now Rejoice—Blackmore’s Night Sheds Light on Classic Christmas Carols

Blackmore’s Night/Winter Carols/E-A-R Music/Edel3.5 Out of Five Stars Given Ritchie Blackmore’s reputation as a blustery guitar god that spawned relentless riffing in his iconic outfits Deep Purple and Blackmore’s Rainbow, it probably still takes some folks by surprise to hear him sharing medieval music and following a minstrel’s muse. Better known for his classic riffs More

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Deep Purple

Review: An Odd Shade to the Color Purple

Deep Purple/Turning To Crime/E-A-R Music/Edel 2.5 Out of Five Stars At first glance, the new opus from prototypical hard rockers Deep Purple would seem to suggest it’s more or less a predictability proposition. It boasts the classic DP lineup, consisting of veteran vocalist Ian Gillian, longtime bassist Roger Glover and drummer Ian Paice, and the more More

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Review: Aimee Mann’s ‘Queens of the Summer Hotel’

Queens of the Summer Hotel | Superego | 4 out of 5 Stars What began as a commission to create a soundtrack for the stage adaptation of the cinematic masterpiece Girl Interrupted evolved into Aimee Mann’s striking stand-alone album, Queens of the Summer Hotel, and in fact, one of the most emotive efforts of her career. Mann, whose notoriety More

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