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.

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ALBUM REVIEWVarious Artists - Americana Railroad

By Lee Zimmerman, June 15, 2022

Former Textone Carla Olson and an all-star cast of contributors bring the seminal sounds of the American West to full fruition.

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INTERVIEWIn Conversation: Judy Collins

By Lee Zimmerman, November 12, 2021

In a career that spans some 60 years, Judy Collins has witnessed the continued rise of modern folk music while remaining as remarkably prolific as ever.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Neil Young Songs

By Lee Zimmerman, August 17, 2022

Neil Young defines what it means to be a musical chameleon. Here is Holler's list of some of his best songs.

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ALBUM REVIEWTammy Rogers & Thomm Jutz - Surely Will Be Singing

By Lee Zimmerman, January 17, 2022

Archival music effectively replicated by two storied superstars

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ALBUM REVIEWBRELAND - Cross Country

By Lee Zimmerman, September 6, 2022

Defying genre divide, a promising newcomer makes a diversified debut

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ESSENTIALSThe Best June Carter Cash Songs

By Lee Zimmerman, October 13, 2022

A member of the famed Carter Family, June Carter Cash claims an important role in establishing the template for traditional Americana and trailblazing a sound that resonates even today.

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ALBUM REVIEWNeil Young and Crazy Horse - Barn

By Lee Zimmerman, December 8, 2021

There’s something assuring about this combination, like the comfortable fit of an old flannel shirt.

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ALBUM REVIEWSUSTO - Time In The Sun

By Lee Zimmerman, October 26, 2021

Ultimately, Time In The Sun is an album of conflicting attitudes and emotions, but one that also allows hope to persevere.

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STAFF PICKSMelissa Carper - Ramblin' Soul

By Lee Zimmerman, November 7, 2022

Retro and relevant, sassy and seductive, Ramblin' Soul gives Melissa Carper solid standing as an essential artist.

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ALBUM REVIEWThe Dead South - Easy Listening for Jerks Part 1 and Part 2

By Lee Zimmerman, February 28, 2022

With their latest endeavor - a pair of companion EPs consisting of covers - The Dead South probe new environs

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ALBUM REVIEWDavid Quinn - Country Fresh

By Lee Zimmerman, April 12, 2022

A ragtag cowboy explores the highs and lows of the great American West

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INTERVIEWPony Bradshaw: A Novel Perspective

By Lee Zimmerman, January 24, 2023

Drawing inspiration from a love of literature, Pony Bradshaw creates distinct personas and a world of tales on his new album North Georgia Rounder

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ALBUM REVIEWNoah Guthrie - Blue Wall

By Lee Zimmerman, January 10, 2022

With his new album, Noah Guthrie creates his own wailing wall

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ALBUM REVIEWSteve Earle & The Dukes - JERRY JEFF

By Lee Zimmerman, May 25, 2022

The relentless renegade displays his admiration for an influential icon.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Cody Jinks Songs

By Lee Zimmerman, December 8, 2022

Given his renegade reputation and off-kilter attitude, it’s little surprise that Cody Jinks has gained such a storied stature within the Americana community.

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ALBUM REVIEWElvie Shane - Backslider

By Lee Zimmerman, October 26, 2021

It’s clear that Shane is well-positioned to carve a niche as a popular contemporary country performer; he clearly possesses the energy and enthusiasm needed to do so. Suffice it to say, Backslider offers him the means to keep moving forward.

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ALBUM REVIEWSay ZuZu - Here Again: A Retrospective (1994-2002)

By Lee Zimmerman, April 26, 2022

Say what? A new compilation offers a few good reasons why Say ZuZu may be worth more than a mention.

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ALBUM REVIEWMama's Broke - Narrow Line

By Lee Zimmerman, May 12, 2022

Two sisters in song continue a journey informed by their encounters in far-reaching travels

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ALBUM REVIEWMyron Elkins - Factories, Farms & Amphetamines

By Lee Zimmerman, January 9, 2023

21-year-old newcomer makes a formidable impression with his taut and tenacious debut

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ALBUM REVIEWWillie Nelson - The Willie Nelson Family

By Lee Zimmerman, November 23, 2021

Yet another outing by America’s most invincible icon, assisted this time by family and friends.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Justin Townes Earle Songs

By Lee Zimmerman, November 10, 2022

It’s tempting to frame Justin Townes Earle within the darker designs that shadowed his life and career, but his artistic achievements are underscored by a lingering legacy.

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ALBUM REVIEWJoshua Ray Walker - See You Next Time

By Lee Zimmerman, October 5, 2021

See You Next Time invokes the image of an all-night dive bar that offers safe haven for lovers, losers, drifters and dreamers whose hopes and aspirations always remain just out of reach.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Alabama Songs

By Lee Zimmerman, January 5, 2023

Alabama set the precedent for the idea of bands, as opposed to individuals, finding success within contemporary country realms

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ALBUM REVIEWTrampled By Turtles - Alpenglow

By Lee Zimmerman, October 24, 2022

With their new album, the nu-grass pioneers offer an evocative look at life’s uncertainties.

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INTERVIEWIn Conversation: Molly Tuttle

By Lee Zimmerman, April 5, 2022

To those who have watched her rapid ascent to the top ranks of Americana’s elite, Molly Tuttle could be considered something of a phenomenon.

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LONG READA Life In Focus: The Photography of Graham Nash

By Lee Zimmerman, November 16, 2021

Graham Nash joins Holler to discuss his new photo journal, recalling music, memories and magic.

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INTERVIEWTen Year Town: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

By Lee Zimmerman, May 16, 2022

Jeff Hanna reflects on the changes that have overtaken Music City over the decades, speaking to the recognition the iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have reaped as a result.

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ALBUM REVIEWZac Brown Band - The Comeback

By Lee Zimmerman, October 12, 2021

Granted, Brown’s good-ole-boy persona never drifts far from the surface, and any number of tracks reinforce that notion. In that regard, The Comeback resonates exactly as intended.

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INTERVIEWA Guide To: Charley Pride

By Lee Zimmerman, March 18, 2022

Those familiar with Pride’s work will easily understand why he was so successful. Here is a selective sampling of 15 of his best songs, from a broad catalogue that has stood the test of time.

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GUIDEA Guide to: The 10 Best Emerging Acts From AmericanaFest 2021

By Lee Zimmerman, September 28, 2021

One of the real joys AmericanaFest has to offer is not only the opportunity to enjoy more familiar fare, but also to discover new up-and-coming performers who are showcasing their music for the first time.

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ALBUM REVIEWEarly James - Strange Time To Be Alive

By Lee Zimmerman, August 15, 2022

With his second album, Early James offers insight into an unsettled state of mind. Here's Holler's album review of Strange Time To Be Alive.

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ALBUM REVIEWCowboy Junkies - Songs of the Recollection

By Lee Zimmerman, March 21, 2022

Longtime Americana staples apply their low-cast vision to a series of standards of the vintage variety

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Bob Dylan Country Songs

By Lee Zimmerman, October 18, 2022

While Bob Dylan isn’t always thought of as curator of country music, he was one of the single most influential early instigators of rock’s crossover to country. Here's Holler's list of his best country songs.

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INTERVIEWHome Sweet Home: The Deslondes

By Lee Zimmerman, July 7, 2022

The band’s common love for New Orleans is a bond that forever remains intact, and the varied influences infused in their music continues to reflect that relationship.

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ALBUM REVIEWPhil Madeira - Bliss

By Lee Zimmerman, February 15, 2022

It’s the unabashed enthusiasm infused in every song in this set that gives the album an indelible identity. Little wonder then that Bliss is so consistent and contagious.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Billy Strings Songs

By Lee Zimmerman, November 24, 2022

Disproving the age-old adage that youth is wasted on the young, Billy Strings has built a remarkable reputation as one of today’s best pickers and players.