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

Mavis Staples Levon Helm

Review: Levon Helm and Mavis Staples Deliver A Mighty Missive

Mavis Staples, Levon Helm/Carry Me Home/Anti-Four out of Five Stars Recorded live at Levon Helm Studios on June 3, 2011, Carry Me Home comes across as both passionate and poignant for a variety of reasons. For one thing, it represents a union of two old friends whose relationship dates back to the filming of The More

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Review: Belle and Sebastian—Perfect Pop For a Modern Mindset

Belle and Sebastian/A Bit of Previous/MatadorFour out of Five Stars It’s an unpardonable oversight, but Belle and Sebastian are all too often negated or ignored as the fine pop band they are. After 25 years and ten albums, one would think their recognition, especially in the U.S., would be far greater than it is. Perhaps More

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Joshua Dylan Balis

Review: Joshua Dylan Balis Offers an Adept Warm-Up

Joshua Dylan Balis/We’re On Fire/State Fair RecordsFour out of Five Stars Newcomer Joshua Dylan Balis provides a formidable entry with his debut album, We’re On Fire, an adroit expression of yearning and desire. Of course, when your middle name is Dylan, you have a lot to live up to, but then again it’s incumbent on More

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The Black Crowes Perform At Whisky A Go Go

Review: Black Crowes’ Welcome Return

Black Crowes/1972/Silver Arrow Records3.5 Out of Five Stars It’s wholly appropriate that the Black Crowes, now reformed and apparently in one another’s good graces, opt to set their sights on music that’s now some 50 years removed. After all, they were spawned from purely retro influences, the Stones, Zeppelin and the Faces having made the More

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Neil Young

Review: A Young Man’s Dreams—Neil Young’s Archival Series Continues

Neil Young/Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 1971/Reprise4 Out of Five Stars Neil Young and the Santa Monica Flyers/Somewhere Under the Rainbow/Reprise3 Out of Five Stars Neil Young/Citizen Kane Jr. Blues/Reprise3.5 Out of Five Stars Neil Young/Neil Young Official Please Series Discs 13, 14, 20 & 21/Reprise3.5 Out of Five Stars While some artists are intent on cashing More

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Bonnie Raitt

Review: Another Raitt-ing Bonanza

Bonnie Raitt/Just Like That/Redwing3.5 Out of Five Stars Just like that, your life can change, Bonnie Raitt notes in the title track of her sumptuous new album, Just Like That… While that may signal ominous overtones for some—those living in Ukraine or faced with a sudden natural catastrophe, for example—it seems to have served Raitt More

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Rush album

Review: Moving On—The Rush of All Rushes

Rush/Moving Pictures (Super Deluxe 40th Anniversary Box Set)Mercury (LP, CD)3.5 Stars out of Five Few bands can claim as much abject devotion as Rush. It’s a fact. It’s evidenced by the tee shirts, the enthusiasm expressed by their fans, and the fact that their sales light up the record company coffers as few other artists More

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Review: Michelle Malone Retains Unapologetic Approach on ‘1977’

Michelle Malone1977 (SBS) Four out of five stars Michelle Malone makes no apologies for her independent attitude. She says her goal has always been to continually raise her bar and allow her creativity to fully flourish. She’s managed to do just that for the 18 albums she’s released throughout the past 35 years, an impressive More

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Corb Lund Songs My Friends wrote

Review: Corb Lund is at Home on the Range

Corb Lund/Songs My Friends Wrote/New WestThree Out of Five Stars Corb Lund takes his Canadian heritage to heart. Raised in a ranching family, and still a rancher by trade, he’s shaped his career around songs that survey life on the open range, reflecting the romanticism gleaned from living the life of a cowboy with a More

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Review: Lucius Dances Through Despair

Lucius/Second Nature/Mom+Pop MusicThree Out of Five Stories With their new album—and third to date—Second Nature, Lucius, a pure pop duo consisting of singer and songwriters Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, dance away the distress and despair that have plagued them for the past couple of years. Like all of us, they’ve been upended by the various pressures that More

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Review: Jewel Shines Once Again

Jewel/Freewheelin’ Woman/Words Matter Media3.5 Out of Five Stars Well removed from the image of the innocent waif she established herself as early on, Jewel reinvents herself as a worldly diva whose sound is inspired by the soulful stylings of an earlier era. While she makes a nod toward contemporary pop and hip-hop, those leanings are More

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