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2008 Stories by Lee Zimmerman

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  • The Greats of '68

    published July 24, 2008

    Considering that 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of a year that produced innumerable musical milestones, it's surprising how little has been made... More >>

  • Subterranean Finds

    published July 24, 2008

    The last thing the world needs is another rant by some snooty music scribe who actually believes he can peg the next Coldplay or validate some... More >>

  • Aimee Mann

    published July 17, 2008

    It takes only a cursory listen to Aimee Mann's alluring new album to affirm that the only thing possibly forestalling a commercial connection... More >>

  • Hailing the Heartbreakers

    published July 10, 2008

    It's not often that one can claim to have witnessed history, but yours truly had just such an opportunity one fall evening back in 1976. The... More >>

  • Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band

    published July 3, 2008

    One of two surviving members of the Fab Four, the former Richard Starkey has become a global music legend, mainly because the entire world... More >>

  • 30-Somethings

    published July 3, 2008

    Here's some trivia to bandy about when you're having conversation over cocktails. Ask who can name a band that's still intact 30 years after... More >>

  • Kris Delmhorst

    published June 19, 2008

    She may give the impression of being the sensitive type, but Kris Delmhorst isn't your father's folkie. Nor for that matter is she is one of... More >>

  • Stevie Nicks

    published June 5, 2008

    She whirls like a dervish and seems to evoke thoughts of witches, dreams, leather, and lace. But Stevie Nicks' career extends further than the... More >>

  • Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao-de Haas

    published June 5, 2008

    We Americans often seem averse to immersing ourselves in other cultures, especially when it comes to the arts. Take, for example, Indian music.... More >>

  • Colin Meloy

    published May 29, 2008

    When you've got a guy with a guitar, chances are he's got to be either incredibly entertaining or a self-indulgent bore. Happily, Colin Meloy... More >>

  • Albert Castiglia

    published May 22, 2008

    "Can blue men sing the whites?" That is, of course, a twist on the age-old argument about whether white musicians have suffered enough to sing... More >>

  • BoDeans

    published May 15, 2008

    They certainly didn't invent Americana music or, for that matter, reinvent it, but the BoDeans were responsible for one of its biggest hits,... More >>

  • From Boca to Big Time

    published May 1, 2008

    Perched behind her piano at center stage, Hilary McRae looks positively radiant... and for good reason. For one thing, she's opening for one of... More >>

  • One Cool Cat

    published April 10, 2008

    On first encounter, the voice actually sounds ageless, a supple, sensuous caress that quietly croons about romance and longing while evoking... More >>

  • Justin Townes Earle

    published April 10, 2008

    A certain amount of insurgency might be expected from an artist whose last name is Earle and whose debut comes courtesy of Bloodshot Records, a... More >>

  • Gang Green

    published March 13, 2008

    With another Saint Patrick's Day almost upon us, we'll once again don the green, approximate some lame Irish accents, and prepare to ingest... More >>

  • Chatham County Line

    published March 13, 2008

    It would be only natural to surmise that this North Carolina combo called Chatham County Line has returned to its roots, given the fact that... More >>

  • Albert Castiglia

    published March 13, 2008

    The Bonzo Dog Band, an eccentric '60s British band with a penchant for silliness and satire, once released a song whose title begged the... More >>

  • One Tough Mother

    published March 6, 2008

    Call Ani DiFranco the ultimate overachiever. As an artist, entrepreneur, activist, and insurgent, she's evolved over the years as a torchbearer... More >>

  • Paul Potts

    published February 28, 2008

    For starters, you gotta love anyone who can bring that sharp-tongued Simon Cowell close to tears. That's exactly what transpired when Paul... More >>

  • Anne Murray

    published February 21, 2008

    Of all her many hits, Canadian chanteuse Anne Murray may be best known for her first, a song called "Snowbird," which winged its way to the top... More >>

  • Dierks Bentley

    published February 14, 2008

    Sometimes it's kinda embarrassing to own up and say you're a fan of country music, what with all those silly dudes wearing the big cowboy hats... More >>

  • North Mississippi Allstars

    published February 7, 2008

    For the first six albums, a dozen years into their collective career, the North Mississippi Allstars opted to take a more traditional approach... More >>

  • Tim Reynolds

    published January 31, 2008

    Noting the over-the-top adulation accorded his glamorous wife, Jackie, during their state visit to France, President John F. Kennedy was moved... More >>

  • Jim Wurster

    published January 24, 2008

    In the dozen or so years since the breakup of his band Black Janet, Jim Wurster has produced a steady stream of exemplary albums, both solo and... More >>

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