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Songwriter brings political satire to OC

by: SUBMITTED - Zimmerman“I get accused of preaching to the choir,” said satirical songwriter Roy Zimmerman, “but that’s not how I think of it. I think of it as entertaining the troops.”

Often compared to Tom Lehrer and Phil Ochs, Zimmerman jokingly claims responsibility for President Obama’s re-election. His “Daily Show with a guitar” act hits Oregon City’s Atkinson Memorial Church, 710 Sixth St., on Saturday, June 8. Tickets are $18 for the 7 p.m. show.

Zimmerman’s latest album, “Wake Up Call,” is 90 minutes of funny songs such as “Abstain With Me” and “I Want a Marriage Like They Had In the Bible,” plus heartfelt songs like “Hope, Struggle and Change” and “I Approve This Message.”

In 13 albums over 20 years, Zimmerman tries to bring the sting of satire to his followers’ struggle for peace and social justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records, and he’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” His YouTube videos have amassed more than 7 million views, and he’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.

In 2012, Zimmerman, along with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby, traveled 47,000 miles to complete a 50-state tour of all 49 states. (Hawaii was “Omission Accomplished,” he said.) “Wake Up Call” bills itself as a tuneful and unabashedly progressive look at what they saw and heard across America in the Obama era.

“Zimmerman is a guy on the left skewering folks on the right with rapier-sharp lyrics ... underneath the caustic satire is a man who is surprisingly optimistic” wrote Sing Out! Magazine in a recent review.



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