John Zipperer 2014
Review by David Bowling
Singer/songwriter John Zipperer is about to release his first full-length CD. He is an artist who writes most of his own material and his music travels in a number of directions and tempos. While he is a solo artist, his backing band gives the music a full-band feel, complete with tight harmonies and melodies that stay in your mind.
The only non-original composition among the 13 tracks is a cover of the Van Morrison classic “Brown Eyed Girl.” He slows the song down and puts the lyrics up front. The song is changed from a toe-tapper into an introspective and nostalgic love song.
“Sailing Away” is a jaunty tale from his early days living near the water. “Going Downtown” travels back to his formative years in Jacksonville. It has a bluesy feel that reflects some of his musical influences such as Son House and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The title track is a good example of his writing skills as it is an autobiographical piece that traces his journey through life.
John Zipperer has released an excellent album that not only stands up well to repeated listens but will have you grooving along with the music.