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5 Songs I Love w/ZIM

Following the release of their latest single 'The Day She Left Him' we caught up with Americana/Rock band ZIM to find what influences the band's eclectic sound, if you enjoy ZIM's picks be sure to check out 'The Day She Left Him' at the end of the article.

Jenny and the Mexicats: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

"Love this recording/video of Jenny and the Mexicats from a few years ago. It captures the energy and musicality of this great band in a very small (desk) space. Vocals, rhythm, and horn…love it."

JJ Cale, Eric Clapton (After Midnight & Call me the Breeze)

"I’ve watched this video a thousand times. JJ Cale’s effortless melodic notes drip off his guitar while Clapton provides solid rhythm while injecting some energetic leads himself. And the times when they offer duelling solos is just awesome."

Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (Steve Allen Show - 1957)

"Jerry Lee Lewis is the source of all rock and roll energy and this video, one of his first performances on TV, is the ultimate classic. It’d be easy to dismiss this as just another loud, rowdy musician. But in 1957 the world had never seen such a thing. This was an explosion."

Robert Palmer- Sailin' Shoes/Hey Julia/Sneakin Sally Through the Alley

"There are live versions of this medley on YT, but for sound quality, I turn to this one. Robert Palmer brings out the funk from the pumping rhythm to the killer vocals (plus backups) with the Lowell George classic."

Rainbow - Since You've Been Gone

"Another classic, but damn, Graham Bonnet and Ritchie Blackmore crush it with this tune and this video. It’s the kind of song that’s impossible to not turn up as you’re listening/watching. That’s rock."

Listen to ZIM 'The Day She Left Him'

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