Performing Friday, September 22nd at 3:00 pm
Originally from Memphis, TN, Jed has been a nationally touring act for the better part of this decade and last. It is in the Texas and Southwest area however, that he ﬁnds himself most at home. Now living in Heber Springs, Arkansas, Taos was his home for a few years, and it is still a place he visits often. For the past decade or so, he has played for Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance Music Festival.
For a number of years, Zimmerman and Kelley Mickwee (another Big Barn Dance artist) played music and toured together. Keith Sykes was instrumental in recording their music, and the two released three records while they were the duo, Jed and Kelley.
Early on, Zimmerman was inspired by songwriters such as Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan and Townes van Zandt. He says he became a songwriter when he was young and played around the campfire with friends.
Zimmerman said he began songwriting as a “therapeutical” hobby. “If something was wrong, that’s what I’d write about. Then you get into girls, and then you can only write about girls and ‘poor me’ for so long,” he reflected. “Then you get into the practice of it.” Some of Zimmerman’s more recent songs are written about his experiences out West, including “Texas-New Mexico Line” and “Black Eyed Susan.”
“Write Now” (2010) was the first EP Zimmerman made after he and Mickwee parted ways. The tracks are all acoustic songs, including “The Weatherman,” “Black Eyed Susan” and “Este Es Road.” His 2013 CD, “Shedlight,” produced by Walt Wilkins, includes tracks from his Jed and Kelley days, as well as some newer material.
Zimmerman is looking forward to returning to Taos for the Red River Folk Festival.
“A huge amount of my songs were born in Taos, so it’s kind of like taking my songs back home where they came from,” adds Zimmerman.