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2007 Stories by Lee Zimmerman

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  • Ryan Adams

    published December 20, 2007

    It's easy to take Ryan Adams for granted; after all, he's a prodigious overachiever whose output often manifests in multiple annual... More >>

  • Jethro Tull

    published December 13, 2007

    There are certain riffs that are forever emblazoned within the soundtrack of rock 'n' roll: the Beatles' "Day Tripper," the Stones'... More >>

  • Tony Bennett

    published December 6, 2007

    Frank Sinatra once dubbed him the best pop singer in the biz, and when it's the Chairman of the Board himself doling out the praise, you're... More >>

  • Jamming With Jaco

    published November 29, 2007

    Like most tales of triumph and tragedy, the life, career, and untimely death of bassist Jaco Pastorius continues to resonate a full two... More >>

  • Nineties Nostalgia

    published November 22, 2007

    For music lovers with a long enough memory, it's a big deal that Black Janet is reconnecting. Ask anyone who was on the scene in... More >>

  • Damn, Sam, We Hardly Knew Ye

    published November 15, 2007

    Joni Mitchell once sang, "You don't know what you got till it's gone." Aside from the bit about paving over paradise to make way for a... More >>

  • The Thrills

    published November 8, 2007

    The Thrills' 2003 debut, So Much for the City, was a fanciful homage to the California myth, as filtered through the Day-Glo haze of... More >>

  • A World of Phunk

    published November 1, 2007

    It's well into midday on a Saturday afternoon, yet Ivan Neville, on the phone from his New Orleans home, sounds beat. Maybe he's recovering... More >>

  • The Samples

    published October 25, 2007

    Musical dexterity is well and good. But better yet, try writing melodies with hooks your listeners can hold on to. Take the Samples, for... More >>

  • Annie Lennox

    published October 25, 2007

    More than 25 years on — ten spent at the helm of the Eurhythmics, the rest following a solo trajectory — Annie Lennox remains one... More >>

  • John Ralston

    published October 18, 2007

    With his second solo disc — after previously helming local outfit Legends of Rodeo — Florida homeboy John Ralston builds on the... More >>

  • Battlefield Band

    published October 4, 2007

    Scotland may be best-known for kilts, bagpipes, the Loch Ness monster, and Scotch whiskey, but that doesn't take into account the country's... More >>

  • Allison Lee

    published October 4, 2007

    At times, Jamaican-born singer Allison Lee's vocals barely rise above a whisper. Her voice is a hushed, waif-like instrument that betrays... More >>

  • Colin Hay

    published September 27, 2007

    The voice sounds hauntingly familiar, betraying a slight hint of a reggae lilt and a casual charm. That's not surprising considering... More >>

  • Rilo Confidential

    published September 27, 2007

    Rilo Kiley is on an ascent. It's one that may take them from cult status all the way to the big leagues, as far as the music industry is... More >>

  • Duncan Sheik

    published September 20, 2007

    The fact that he brought home an armful of honors at the recent Tony Awards — thanks to his sensational smash-hit musical Spring... More >>

  • The Everybodyfields

    published September 20, 2007

    Call it down-home or downcast; the Everybodyfields' restless recasting of neo-Appalachian folk tradition is nothing if not emotive. The title... More >>

  • Eddie Money

    published September 13, 2007

    Labels can be deceiving. Take, for example, those misguided individuals who refer to South Florida as paradise. It's highly doubtful that the... More >>

  • Minnie Driver

    published August 30, 2007

    You don't have to scroll very far down the lengthy list of actors who have tried to pass themselves off as singers — William Shatner and... More >>

  • The Black Crowes

    published August 23, 2007

    It's a fine line between retro and rehash, but the Black Crowes always manage to tread that precipitous divide with swagger and finesse. In the... More >>

  • No Doubts in Dublin

    published August 23, 2007

    You may be wondering — and rightfully so — what the hell's up with Bruce (err, sorry... Broooooooosssssss) lately? He's detoured... More >>

  • Chris Isaak

    published August 16, 2007

    He's the master of the smooth croon, and his low-key delivery might give the impression that he rarely breaks a sweat. But with a career that... More >>

  • The Doobie Brothers

    published August 16, 2007

    If you don't know what a doobie is, then brother, chances are you weren't around when the Doobie Brothers lit up the Top 40 charts while... More >>

  • Gentle Jazz Giants

    published August 16, 2007

    Jay Beckenstein makes it a point to be prompt. Maybe too prompt. Phoning from his home in upstate New York, the leader and sax player for the... More >>

  • Mavis Staples

    published August 9, 2007

    If Mavis Staples never uttered another note, her legacy as one of gospel's greatest voices would still be assured. A surviving member of the... More >>

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