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.

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Review: Elliott Murphy Shares Another Musical Masterpiece

Elliott Murphy/Wonder/MurphylandFour Out of Five Stars Of all the artists that earned critical acclaim as a so-called “New Dylan”—the prevailing hook to hang a new generation of singer/songwriters on in the early to mid ‘70s—Elliott Murphy can still be considered an artist worthy of that distinction. Early albums, Aquashow (1973), Lost Generation (1975), and Just More

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Review: World Party Rekindles a Celebration

World Party/Egyptology/SeaviewFour out of Five Stars Karl Wallinger had a storied career as a member of the Waterboys prior to forming World Party in the mid-’80s, although admittedly he had a lot to live up to. Nevertheless, by the time Egyptology was released in the summer of 1997, he had clearly hit his stride. There More

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Review: The Lone Bellow Make Music for the Masses

The Lone Bellow/Love Songs For Losers/DualtoneFour out of Five Stars Love Songs For Losers isn’t nearly the downcast set of songs its title might imply. The Lone Bellow’s fifth studio album, it’s a set of songs that evoke optimism and uncertainty in equal measure, and in so doing, a determination to persevere despite today’s troubling More

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John Mellencamp in Philadelphia,Pa on December 2,1985.

Review: John Mellencamp’s American Masterpiece

John Cougar Mellencamp/Scarecrow/UMe4.5 Out of Five Stars Scarecrow was a significant step in John —then Cougar—Mellencamp’s early trajectory, one which helped establish his blue-collar identification and continued allegiance to his small-town roots. Keeping his Cougar handle—his nome plume during the initial phase of his career—suggested he was still struggling to make the transition from glam More

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Review: Angela Easterling Sums Up A Pointed Perspective

Angela Easterling/Witness/De Liest MusicFour out of Five Stars Although Angela Easterling still resides slightly below the radar as far as the mainstream market is concerned, it’s hardly her fault. Her accumulated kudos—number one standing for her last album, BlackTop Road, an official AmericanaFest Showcase, spotlight appearances at various regional Folk Alliance gatherings, finalist status at More

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Richard X Heyman

Review: Richard X Heyman Goes the Distance…Again!

Richard X Heyman/67,000 Miles An Album/Turn-Up RecordsFour out of Five Stars Several decades on in a career that has made him one of the leading lights of America’s indie scene, Richard X Heyman continues to stun and surprise. His expansive new opus, 67,000 Miles An Album, offers another stunning example of his remarkably prolific prowess More

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Roger Street Friedman

Review: Roger Street Friedman’s Ode to Optimism

Roger Street Friedman/Love Hope Trust/independent3.5 out of Four Stars Roger Street Friedman’s optimistically inscribed fourth album offers a snapshot of a world gone awry and the resilience it takes to make one’s way toward promise and prosperity in spite of it all. Written —naturally enough—during the pandemic—it’s a series of vignettes that capture ordinary common More

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Review: Ethan Daniel Davidson Takes a Trip Back In Time

Ethan Daniel Davidson/Stranger/Blue Arrow Records3.5 out of Five Stars Ethan Daniel Davidson is many things—a prolific singer and songwriter, a philanthropist, and an artist with a varied creative palette that includes authoring a book and producing documentaries. Nevertheless, his musical style is less easily defined, although in a general sense it could be described as More

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Review: Dungen Does It Distinctly

Dungen/En Är För Mycket och Tusen Aldrig Nog/Mexican Summer3.5 out of Five Stars Gustav Ejstes, aka Dungen, easily avoids categorization. Twenty years on into a prolific career, he manages to easily veer between what’s best described as progressive power pop and a sound that drifts into a kind of cosmic cacophony. Since making his mark More

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Dolly Parton

Behind the Meaning of “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton

While Dolly Parton ranks as one of the most iconic artists in country music—and in all popular music for that matter, as her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame can attest—her song  “Coat of Many Colors” ranks as her most definitive song, a stand-out in a catalog that includes several standards. Released More

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Review: Mike Pope Creates a Dynamic Double Debut

Mike Pope/Songs for People High & Low/Blind Owl3.5 out of five starsRipening/Ain’t It Strange/Blind OwlThree out of Five stars It takes a certain amount of chutzpah for an artist to unleash two albums simultaneously, given the fact that one would have to assume that the demand equates with desire. In Mike Pope’s case, however, he’s More

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