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/// ON TOUR


KIM LENZ IS A ZOMBIE FOR YOUR LOVE


| by Matthew M. Sullivan


wouldn’t fit right in. Her song, “Zombie for Your Love,” would be perfect for GR’s Zombie Walk. “I didn’t even know zombies were so


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popular when I wrote it,” Lenz says. The song certainly struck a chord with fans


and was even featured in an episode of HBO’s popular vampiric series “True Blood.” But Lenz never particularly


aspired to have her music played on a cable TV show. When Lenz was 27, she was taking classes at the University of North Texas in psychology and sociology, “which actually help with song- writing,” she says. Her only experience in the music industry


EDHEADED ROCKABILLY singer/songwriter Kim Lenz hasn’t been to Grand Rapids since the nine- ties, but it’s hard to think that she


“I’m not a drug addict, so I don’t know for


sure, but I imagine it was like doing heroin or coke or something like that,” Lenz says. And after the show, the adrenaline kept


her up for hours. “All I could think was, ‘I need to figure out


a way to keep doing this.’” About a year later, the Dallas Observer


awarded Lenz with the title of Best Female Vocalist. “It was just local musicians, so it wasn’t


KIM LENZ Tip Top Club, Grand Rapids July 7, 8 p.m. $12; kimlenz.com


like I was going up against Madonna or any- thing,” says Lenz, “but it was good practice for if I ever win a Grammy.” And that’s not too far-


fetched. Her latest album, 2009’s It’s All True!, features session guitarist Nick Curran, who has played with legendary


was during a short stint in L.A., but not as a musician – that came one night at a Texas café when Lenz and some of her friends decided to play a show onstage. “We were this seven-person mish-mash,


and I think there were maybe five people watching.” But the experience was pivotal to her


career.


punk bands like the Ramones and Misfits, and a guest-spot by ‘80s rockabilly revivalist Big Sandy. She produced the album herself, and though she was happy with the outcome, she’s looking for someone else to produce the next one. “It was really empowering to know that


I could do it myself, but for the next album, I want to find someone that can bring some- thing new to the music.” n


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