Aaron Zimmer | Inside My Skin

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Inside My Skin

by Aaron Zimmer

"Inside my Skin" is solid, acoustic based rock that highlights Zimmer's strong emotional vocals, and emphasizes his songwriting. He's really hit his stride here" - L. Kent Wolgamott. Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Nebraska
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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2. Break Away
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3. Tired Eyes
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4. Good Graces
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Inside My Skin -- the 3rd independent release by Singer/Songwriter Aaron Zimmer --is an openhearted and not-so-subtle confession of failure, lost relationships and insecurity. Emotional and honest, the album promises to be the launching pad for the career of this 24 year old from Lincoln Nebraska.

The album was Recorded at Lincoln's own Presto Studios by AJ Mogis, who, along with his brother Mike Mogis have been the masterminds behind albums from Bright Eyes, Cursive, The Faint, Desaparecidos, Rilo Kiley, and many more.

"Inside My Skin" is an intimate chronicle of the less than desirable aspects of human-nature, the friends we make, and the people we hurt.. From the up-tempo disparagement of "Awake" --the album's opening track, and first single--through the introspective "Good Graces", to the album's 'light at the end of the tunnel' closer "On Your Own", Inside My Skin offers intelligent acoustic modern rock with real-life, relatable lyrics. Its honest music for anyone who's ever felt scorned; soothing consolation to a dying friendship; and a painfully candid confirmation of the healing power of music.

Aaron Zimmer began his career by creating a sizable grassroots following in and around his hometown of Lincoln, NE. Beyond a powerful voice and effortless guitar playing, he is a truly engaging performer that connects with audiences in ways few singer/songwriters can. The heartbeat of the music scene in Lincoln, Omaha and surrounding areas is SlamOmaha.com. A columnist from this site offered this review of an Aaron Zimmer performance: "One thing that really struck me about Zimmer was the ease and professionalism with which he executes his onstage banter. He keeps the crowd interested, excited, and manages to keep an air of "I'm the entertainer" about him while still talking to the crowd as if they're all close friends."

At 13, Aaron began playing stringed instruments. By the age of 16 he was a regular performer at Lincoln's legendary Zoo Bar. "I remember playing on a Thursday night and watching my first period teacher in the audience putting away Jack and Cokes all night...it was cool!" laughs Aaron.

Following high school, Aaron tried to put college books ahead of his music, and enrolled as a business administration major. But, two semesters in to it, he realized the fight was futile. "I liked college," says Zimmer, "I just wasn't very good at it." In 1999 he returned to the music scene in Lincoln with a vengeance to create The Aaron Zimmer Band. With this band, Aaron has inked an impressive résumé:

-Two top-ten songs on GarageBand.com in 2003 as voted by listeners.
-Radio play on dozens of college and commercial radio stations in the Midwest.
-"Best local band" honors by Clear Channel Communication's "The Point" 104.1FM, in Lincoln.
-Tours of the Midwest, Southeast and East Coast
-Three independent CD releases (Aaron Zimmer (1999), "Feverish Dreams"(2001) and "Inside My Skin" (2003).

Of "Inside My Skin," L. Kent Wolgomott of Lincoln's Journal Star newspaper said, "This is solid, acoustic-based rock that highlights Zimmer's strong emotional vocals and emphasizes his songwriting. He's really hit his stride here." (Journal Star, 11 April 03)

In 2004 Aaron made the bold move to NYC and began work on his fourth release. His show schedule is remarkable for someone with only a few months in The Big Apple, and a tribute to the strength of his songs and performance. His 'do-it-yourself' approach and unwavering motivation has landed his memorable acoustic pop in the minds of many with no help from "the industry."

One can only imagine how far these songs will go with some record label muscle behind them.

"I'm never gonna be a business man." says Zimmer. "I've got too many tattoos, and I've already failed Finance 201. So, I think I'll stick with what I know, playing songs on my guitar. I'm happier that way."


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James

Awesome!
I caught Aaron playing acoustic in NYC, bought the CD online, and it's all I've listened to for weeks. What a great CD. Awesome vocals, great songs, my only critique is that it should be longer.

Terra

Best of 2004
This CD is one of the best CDs I've picked up this year. The songs are brilliant, and Aaron's voice is even better. Aaron - put out another CD soon!

Cricket

inside my skin
It's been a privelage to see Aaron's music grow from the beginning, and I must say that this CD is testament to just how far he has come. This CD draws you in with it's honesty and integrity to true feelings. I love it! I can't wait for the next CD and the next after that!

L. Kent Wolgamott

Lincoln Journal Star Review
"Inside my Skin" is solid, acoustic based rock that highlights Zimmer's strong emotional vocals, and emphasizes his songwriting. He's really hit his stride here.

Amy Williamson

Truely the best CD I've heard in years.
I saw this band 3 years ago live in Lincoln and they rocked. I have all of their music. Their CD is creative, emotional, and unique. Not like every other band out these days; Aaron Zimmer Band has their own sound. I can't wait to see them on MTV one day and then on the MTV awards.
Amy Williamson in Olathe, KS.

Trish

Yowzas!!!
Oh man! What a voice. I can't believe how much I love this CD. More more more! Give us more AZ!

Jason Keese

May 2003 Issue of Medium Magazine, Omaha, NE
As with Zimmer's first two CDs, file his latest effort under "ready-for-radio modern rock," an album that's comfortable sharing space in your five-disc changer with John Mayer, Matchbox Twenty, Counting Crows and the Goo Goo Dolls. Each song is anchored in melody, with Zimmer's occasional guitar solos rocking the boat ever so slightly. It's not Easy Listening, but it's easy listening.

That is, until you listen to the lyrics. "It's definitely not a happy group of songs," says the 24-year-old Zimmer. Case in point: on the song "Awake," Zimmer sings, "Peace of mind, come and find my bones/I'm awake/Or leave me behind to stand in line alone/Wither away." Life doesn't look a lot better on "Tired Eyes," when Zimmer laments, "I've been thinking I will never be the same anymore/I've been drinking because I forgot what I became/Could you tell me again?"

Mark Weitkunat

WCCX 104.5 FM
It has a smooth alternative sound that stirs the soul and awakens the senses. I would buy this CD because it's easy to listen to and has a great alternative sound to it. I'm looking forward to a second album from Aaron Zimmer in the future.

samantha

Amazing.
The cd is the perfect mix of smooth vocal and emotional lyrics that makes it the perfect cd. Aaron's voice mixed with the sound of the guitar is just perfect. It's amazing songs perfectly align itself with many of today's artists and you can bet Aaron will some day be joining them on the radio and on MTV.

Ben Kolar

one of my all time favorite CD's
I have been listening to this cd for many months on my jobsites. It is pleasant enough to keep me working at a steady pace, and my clients have never asked my to turn it down. In some cases they end up listening to it while im not there. Highly recomend buying this disk