Articles by: Lee Zimmerman

Alejandro Escovedo Continues To Earn Renegade Reputation With ‘The Crossing’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

One of the chief architects of insurgent Americana, Alejandro Escovedo earned his renegade reputation by cutting a swatch across rock and roots with deliberate defiance. Honing his skills in populist punk outfits like the Nuns ...

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Jake Shimabukuro Takes Ukelele Stabs on The Zombies, Hendrix & Leonard Cohen on ‘The Greatest Day’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Jake Shimabukuro emerged onto the international pop stage from decidedly humble beginnings. While he made several albums for Sony Japan during the early phase of his career, he remained virtually unknown as far as the ...

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White Denim Blends Energy and Exhilaration on Seventh LP ‘Performance’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Ten years on, White Denim applies the basics of rock and roll through an irrepressible attitude and a sound that consistently blends energy with exhilaration. Their tenth album Performance shares those traits, and given the fact that ...

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‘Aretha Live at Fillmore West’- Revisiting The Queen of Soul’s Iconic Live LP

In 1971, Aretha Franklin scored another major career first, affirming her crossover credibility by becoming the first R&B artist to headline a date at the fabled venue that was ground zero for all that encompassed ...

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Liz Cooper and the Stampede Offer Cerebral Psych Folk On ‘Window Flowers’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Liz Cooper and The Stampede may be responsible for an entirely new independent genre, one best described as cerebral psychedelic folk given the way it blends Cooper’s fragile singing with more than a hint of ...

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Ex Silos Leader Walter Salas Humara Keeps It Rock Steady & Catchy On ‘Walterio’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Walter Salas Humara has never been one to dismiss his past, especially as it applies to his Hispanic heritage. The onetime leader of the seminal Americana outfit The Silos even opted to name his new ...

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We Banjo 3 Elevate & Articulate String Mix On Enthralling ‘Haven’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

We Banjo 3 aren’t strictly about banjos, although banjos are a big part of the mix. However, they’re also more than simply a run of the mill bluegrass band. Breaching the boundary between old world ...

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The Jayhawks’ Alt-Country Legacy Endures With Magnificent ‘Back Roads and Abandoned Motels’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Suffice it to say, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels is the strongest Jayhawks album since their seminal classic Tomorrow the Green Grass, an album that helped establish the original template for the sound now widely ...

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Jimmy LaFave’s Posthumous LP ‘Peace Town’ Proves Essential Introduction & Farewell (ALBUM REVIEW)

Last year’s premature passing of Austin singer/songwriter Jimmy LaFave was a tragedy for the music world as a whole, but Americana music in particular. LaFave’s songs were both poignant and purposeful, not only his insightful ...

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Cowboy Junkies Continue Their Unique Hushed & Harmonious Sound With ‘All That Reckoning’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Anyone who’s ever heard even a few notes culled from any Cowboy Junkies album released in the past 30 years will attest to the fact that they’re hardly the most upbeat bunch. With a sound ...

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