21 episodes

Join hosts Lee Zimmerman & cohost Billy Hubbard as they take you backstage for conversations with singer songwriters, musicians, and music industry professionals! Host Lee Zimmerman is a freelance music writer whose articles have appeared in several leading music industry publications. Lee is a former promotions representative for ABC and Capital Records and director of communications for various CBS affiliated television stations. Lee recently authored "Americana Music - Voices, Visionaries & Pioneers of an Honest Sound" which is now available on Amazon and other outlets. Lee also played a key role in securing airplay for Jimmy Buffett’s first major hit, “Margaritaville” so you can blame him for the fact that it’s become something akin to a Parrot heads’ national anthem! During his time at Capital records Lee also worked with such legends as Paul McCartney, Bob Seger, the Steve Miller Band, and others. You can contact Lee at lezim@bellsouth.net. Podcast producer/cohost Billy Hubbard is a Tennessee based Americana Singer/Songwriter and former Regional Director of A&R for a Grammy winning company, as well as a music and podcast producer. Billy is also the venue developer, booking manager, and co-founder of the legendary venue "The Station" in East Tennessee. As an artist Billy is endorsed by Godin's Simon & Patrick Guitars and his YouTube channel has over 3 million viewers. Billy's new self titled album released September 2022 is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and all major outlets! You can find Billy Hubbard online at http://www.BillyHubbard.com *My Backstage music intro/outro credit: Billy Hubbard 'Waitin' On The Wind" available on all outlets and iTunes at https://music.apple.com/us/album/waitin-on-the-wind/1212970936?i=1212971289

My Backstage Pass With Hosts Lee Zimmerman and Billy Hubbard

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Join hosts Lee Zimmerman & cohost Billy Hubbard as they take you backstage for conversations with singer songwriters, musicians, and music industry professionals! Host Lee Zimmerman is a freelance music writer whose articles have appeared in several leading music industry publications. Lee is a former promotions representative for ABC and Capital Records and director of communications for various CBS affiliated television stations. Lee recently authored "Americana Music - Voices, Visionaries & Pioneers of an Honest Sound" which is now available on Amazon and other outlets. Lee also played a key role in securing airplay for Jimmy Buffett’s first major hit, “Margaritaville” so you can blame him for the fact that it’s become something akin to a Parrot heads’ national anthem! During his time at Capital records Lee also worked with such legends as Paul McCartney, Bob Seger, the Steve Miller Band, and others. You can contact Lee at lezim@bellsouth.net. Podcast producer/cohost Billy Hubbard is a Tennessee based Americana Singer/Songwriter and former Regional Director of A&R for a Grammy winning company, as well as a music and podcast producer. Billy is also the venue developer, booking manager, and co-founder of the legendary venue "The Station" in East Tennessee. As an artist Billy is endorsed by Godin's Simon & Patrick Guitars and his YouTube channel has over 3 million viewers. Billy's new self titled album released September 2022 is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and all major outlets! You can find Billy Hubbard online at http://www.BillyHubbard.com *My Backstage music intro/outro credit: Billy Hubbard 'Waitin' On The Wind" available on all outlets and iTunes at https://music.apple.com/us/album/waitin-on-the-wind/1212970936?i=1212971289

    Singer Songwriter Shawn Camp & Singer Songwriter/Actress Lisa Stewart - Recorded Live at The Station

    Singer Songwriter Shawn Camp & Singer Songwriter/Actress Lisa Stewart - Recorded Live at The Station

    Some careers can be described with a couple of words, but Shawn Camp's isn't one of them. A bold and distinctive singer, a songwriter who's provided material for artists ranging from Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury and Ricky Skaggs to Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Porter Wagoner, Loretta Lynn and Brooks & Dunn, with hits such as “Two Pina Coladas” (Garth Brooks), “Nobody But Me” (Blake Shelton), “Would You Go With Me” (Josh Turner), “River Of Love” (George Strait), and Billy Currington’s hit single “Love Done Gone”. 
    Along with being a hit writer, he is a gifted multi-instrumentalist who's played as a touring/recording musician with everyone from Jerry Reed, Trisha Yearwood, Shelby Lynn, and Alan Jackson to the Osborne Brothers, Guy Clark and John Prine. 
    Camp also co-produced a compilation tribute album for his friend and hero Guy Clark, which was #1 on the Americana Charts for several weeks in the spring of 2012, and voted Americana Album Of The Year 2012. Entitled, Guy Clark: This One's For Him. This Album was also Grammy nominated for Folk Album Of The Year 2012.
    Then Shawn co-produced and won the Grammy for Folk Album Of The Year-2013, for Guy Clark's "My Favorite Picture Of You".  Learn more about Shawn Camp at http://shawncamp.com

    Lisa Stewart is an American country music artist, actress, and television host. In 1993, she signed to BNA Records (then known as BNA Entertainment), releasing her self-titled debut album that year. This album produced two singles for her on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. She penned BMI's 2008 Gospel Song of The Year, "Sky Full of Angels" made popular by Reba McEntire. 
    Stewart is also known for her acting career. Most notably, she has shared the silver screen with Academy Award winners Gwyneth Paltrow ("Country Strong" 2010) and Melissa Leo in the Sundance award-winning film, "Novitiate". She was featured in The CW's "The Vampire Diaries","Containment" and various films, TV series and commercials. Stewart is currently writing music and performing live shows. Lisa Stewart's first public appearance was in church at the early age of six, singing along with a record of “Jesus, I Heard You Had a Big House.” Her first appearance as a country singer came at age eleven when she attended the Nashville Fan Fair and performed in the Tent Show. In 1987 she began doing demo and jingle work in Nashville studios. She was a singer/dancer at Opryland. She also sang with the Jazz\R&B band ‘Soire’ as well as other club acts. 
    You may even recognize her as the voice of companies including Target, Allstate, Showtime, HBO and many more! Her speaking voice has landed her on the list of Grammy considerations for “Spoken Word”.
    Other singles include “Drive Time” and “Under the Light of the Texaco.” In 1992, she went on a radio tour promoting the release of her debut album. In 1993, she began her television career as a co-host of “# 1 Country.” Since then Lisa has co-hosted TNN’s ‘Yesteryear,’ had feature appearances on ‘Prime Time Country, ‘and ‘Statler Brothers Show.’
    She toured with Kenny Rogers in 1995 and the Statler Brothers in 1996. She has been to the ‘Country Music Festival’ in Geneva, Switzerland, twice, in 1995 and 1996. In 1996 she also did a USO tour to Hungary and Bosnia. In 1997 Lisa became the co-host of ‘This Week in Country Music.’ She is currently writing songs and wants to do a rock record. She is on the movie soundtrack to “Jericho.” She also plays a small part in the movie. She can also be seen in Billy Gilman’s video, “Oklahoma.” You can learn more about Lisa Stewart as an actress at Lisa Stewart IMDb

    • 22 min
    Trisha Gene Brady - Songs & Stories Series Recorded Live from The Station

    Trisha Gene Brady - Songs & Stories Series Recorded Live from The Station

    Lee Zimmerman's Songs & Stories Series is a new musical experience (think Actor's Studio for artists) with live music, conversations, and audience Q&A's all while live taping "My Backstage Pass" podcast. This episode features singer songwriter Trisha Gene Brady!

    Knoxville, Tennessee native Trisha Gene Brady’s seven-year run as vocalist and instrumentalist for The Black Lillies has seen her take the stage of the Grand Old Opry more than thirty times and perform for crowds at Bonnaroo, SXSW, & Pickathon. With vocals as sweet as southern ice tea, and impressive chops as a multi instrumentalist, Brady is embarking on new adventures as one sweetheart of a solo act. -Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.
    Learn more about Trisha Gene Brady at https://trishagene.com/about

    Host Lee Zimmerman is a freelance music writer whose articles have appeared in several leading music industry publications. A former promotions representative for ABC and Capital Records and director of communications for various CBS - affiliated television stations. Lee, who currently lives in East Tennessee, recently authored "Americana Music - Voices, Visionaries & Pioneers of an Honest Sound" which is now available on Amazon and other outlets. You can contact Lee at lezim@bellsouth.net

    Cohost/Producer Billy Hubbard is a Tennessee based Americana Singer/Songwriter and former Regional Director of A&R for a Grammy winning company, as well as a music and podcast producer. Billy is also the venue developer, booking manager, and co-founder of the legendary venue "The Station" in East TN. Billy's new self titled album released September 2022 is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and all major outlets! Billy is endorsed by Godin's Simon & Patrick Guitars. You can find Billy Hubbard online at http://www.BillyHubbard.com  
    My Backstage music intro/outro credit: Billy Hubbard "Waitin' On The Wind"

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Verlon Thompson - A singer songwriter who personifies the purity and passion of an artist and entertainer unlike any other.

    Verlon Thompson - A singer songwriter who personifies the purity and passion of an artist and entertainer unlike any other.

    Verlon Thompson îs the real deal, not only as far as the stories behind his songs, but also the sincerity he invests in his emotions. Born and raised on the Oklahoma plains, the breeding ground for such revered American songwriters as Woody Guthrie, Roger Miller, Leon Russell, J.J. Cale and Jimmy Webb, he incorporates the rich fabric of emotional authenticity in his tender tales of a life well-lived. As a solo performer, and, for nearly 20 years, the musical sidekick of legendary Texas singer/songwriter Guy Clark, with whom he shared stages worldwide. 

    Since Clark’s passing in 2016, Verlon has continued to carry the torch, while also garnering widespread acclaim all on his own. His compositions have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Anne Murray, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, and Trisha Yearwood, but it’s reputation as a tireless troubadour continues unabated.
    Mixing humor and poignancy in equal measure, Verlon connects with his audiences both intimately and expressively. 
    Recorded live 9/10/2022 from The Station in East TN.

    Host Lee Zimmerman is a freelance music writer whose articles have appeared in several leading music industry publications. A former promotions representative for ABC and Capital Records and director of communications for various CBS - affiliated television stations. Lee, who currently lives in East Tennessee, recently authored "Americana Music - Voices, Visionaries & Pioneers of an Honest Sound" which is now available on Amazon and other outlets. You can contact Lee at lezim@bellsouth.net

    Cohost/Producer Billy Hubbard is a Tennessee based Americana Singer/Songwriter and former Regional Director of A&R for a Grammy winning company, as well as a music and podcast producer. Billy is also the venue developer and booking manager of The Station in East TN. As an artist Billy is endorsed by Godin's Simon & Patrick Guitars and has a new self titled album to be released September of 2022. You can hear Billy Hubbard's music  online at http://www.BillyHubbard.com  

    • 39 min
    The HawtThorns - Songs & Stories Series Recorded Live from 'The Bird and the Book' Café

    The HawtThorns - Songs & Stories Series Recorded Live from 'The Bird and the Book' Café

    In many ways, The HawtThorns — a thoroughly dynamic duo consisting of husband and wife Johnny and KP Hawthorn — find a perfect blend of melody and magic, one that incorporates the sunny sounds of classic California rock blended with the rich resonant sounds of today’s Americana musical environs. Now, with their stirring second album Tarot Cards and Shooting Stars, the couple ratchet up the quotient of ambience and engagement, sharing songs that shimmer, shine and create an immediate impression.
    In that sense, The HawtThorns effectively replicate the shared sentiments of a gilded age decades ago when optimism and engagement served a prime purpose. Both Johnny and KP have extensive experience on their own that was accumulated prior to their eventual union. It’s that culled credibility that contributes to the success of this sophomore set, making their new album the revealing effort it is.
    Learn more about the HawtThorns on line at https://www.thehawtthorns.com
    Host Lee Zimmerman is a freelance music writer whose articles have appeared in several leading music industry publications. A former promotions representative for ABC and Capital Records and director of communications for various CBS - affiliated television stations. Lee, who currently lives in East Tennessee, recently authored "Americana Music - Voices, Visionaries & Pioneers of an Honest Sound" which is now available on Amazon and other outlets. You can contact Lee at lezim@bellsouth.net

    Cohost/Producer Billy Hubbard is a Tennessee based Americana Singer/Songwriter and former Regional Director of A&R for a Grammy winning company, as well as a music and podcast producer. Billy is also the venue developer and booking manager of The Station in East TN. As an artist Billy is endorsed by Godin's Simon & Patrick Guitars and has a new album being released fall of 2022. You can find Billy Hubbard online at http://www.BillyHubbard.com  

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Greg Garing - The man Johnny Cash called "The best country singer I heard in 30 years"

    Greg Garing - The man Johnny Cash called "The best country singer I heard in 30 years"

    Recorded Live at The Station - Greg Garing has gained notoriety for his mastery of every stringed instrument, and for having a stage presence second to none. The Man in Black himself, Johnny Cash, called Greg "The best country singer I heard in 30 years." A Nashville music critic described Greg as "a veritable hurricane on stage" with his natural ability to play and sing anything. His performance raises goosebumps and inspires gasps of wonder when he channels the Great American Music Muse — mixing up classic country, blues, bluegrass, jazz and more according to his personal recipe. He truly is a living legend and is considered one of the most prolific entertainers of our time. 
    By the young age of 20, Greg was playing with every country and bluegrass superstar on the Nashville scene, including Bill Monroe, Roy Acuff, Hank Snow, Jimmy Martin, and many other legends who were 3 or 4 times his age. In 1997 his first solo album "Alone" was named #6 best album of the year by The New York Times. 
    Host Lee Zimmerman is a freelance music writer whose articles have appeared in several leading music industry publications. A former promotions representative for ABC and Capital Records and director of communications for various CBS - affiliated television stations. Lee, who currently lives in East Tennessee, recently authored "Americana Music - Voices, Visionaries & Pioneers of an Honest Sound" which is now available on Amazon and other outlets. You can contact Lee at lezim@bellsouth.net

    Cohost/Producer Billy Hubbard is a Tennessee based Americana Singer/Songwriter and former Regional Director of A&R for a Grammy winning company, as well as a music and podcast producer. Billy is also the venue developer and booking manager of The Station in East TN. As an artist Billy is endorsed by Godin's Simon & Patrick Guitars and has a new album being released fall of 2022. You can find Billy Hubbard online at http://www.BillyHubbard.com  

    • 38 min
    Dana Cooper - Songs & Stories Series Recorded Live from 'The Bird and the Book' Café

    Dana Cooper - Songs & Stories Series Recorded Live from 'The Bird and the Book' Café

    Acclaimed Nashville singer/songwriter Dana Cooper - Recorded live December 1, 2021 at The Bird and the Book café in Maryville Tennessee.

    Dana is a recipient of the Heritage Musician award from the Pilgrim Center for the Arts, Folk Alliance International's 2015 Spirit of Folk award and numerous Best of the Year kudos for both album and individual excellence, he’s performed at any number of major festivals, venues and gathering places where the folk faithful tend to gather in order to express appreciation and admiration for those that carry that tradition forward. So too, his songs have been covered by a veritable who’s who of today’s leading lights — Maura O’Connell, Pierce Pettis, Susan Werner, Claire Lynch and Trout Fishing in America, among them. His career trajectory extends back nearly 50 years, beginning with his eponymous major label debut in 1973. To date, he’s released no less than 15 albums, including four this past decade alone. His new album, I Can Face the Truth, will be released early next year. Learn more about Dana Cooper at https://www.danacoopermusic.com/

    Host Lee Zimmerman is a freelance music writer whose articles have appeared in several leading music industry publications. A former promotions representative for ABC and Capital Records and director of communications for various CBS - affiliated television stations. Lee, who currently lives in East Tennessee, recently authored "Americana Music - Voices, Visionaries & Pioneers of an Honest Sound" which is now available on Amazon and other outlets. You can contact Lee at lezim@bellsouth.net

    Cohost/Producer Billy Hubbard is a Tennessee based Americana Singer/Songwriter and former Regional Director of A&R for a Grammy winning company, as well as a music and podcast producer. Billy is also the venue developer and booking manager of The Station in East TN. As an artist Billy is endorsed by Godin's Simon & Patrick Guitars. You can find Billy Hubbard online at http://www.BillyHubbard.com  

    • 1 hr 24 min

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