About / English

Martin Wimmer is an author of music books, lyricist, music critic, curator of music related websites, social media groups and playlists, and a DJ playing songs from start to end. His focus is on americana, singer-songwriters, folk, country, texas music and related stuff.

His newest book with essays on music (Martin Wimmer: Hankfurt, 2019) covers topics such as Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, Bob Dylan, the 30A Songwriter Festival, and the album Wanted! The Outlaws.

In his probably best known work (Martin Wimmer: Ich bin der neue Hilmar und trauriger als Townes = I’m the new Hilmar and sadder than Townes, 2016) Wimmer reveals how Johann Wolfgang von Goethe influenced the US songwriters and how Blues, Folk, Country and TexMex from the Lone Star State live on in German culture. This book covers the Heartworn Highways scene of the 70ies including Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Steve Earle and up to current artists such as Hayes Carll or Sunny Sweeney. If you like Texan artists such as Kinky Friedman or Terence Malick, Lucinda Williams or Joe Lansdale, Robert Rauschenberg or Larry McMurtry this is your book. It also includes longer essays on the Kerrville Folk Festival and Luckenbach, touching on all kinds of Country and Americana Music, especially Cajun and Zydeco. There’s even a glowing review of Johnny Mercer. A good written introduction for starters. An unbelievable source for insiders. (Available as book or Kindle edition. Buy at Amazon.com Published August 2016 by renowned publishing house Weissbooks Verlag, 280 pages.)

Martin also wrote the world’s first yoga musical (Martin Wimmer: OM. The Musical, 2019), published two novels and several other books with essays on cultural issues.

He wrote numerous song lyrics in both English (smartinwinner.com) and Bavarian (williehms.com) language for renowned German artists, most notably Mr Jones and Robert Hasleder.

He regularly writes as a music critic for prestigious magazines such as Folker, Roadtracks and Faust Kultur.

Martin is very active on facebook /de.martin.wimmer, sometimes on twitter @deinland and rarely on instagram @hilmartownes

On Facebook he is the curator of

Townes Van Zandt Tributes: https://www.facebook.com/townes20 and

Borderlord‘s Americana and Songwriters Spotify Playlists: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2600501886931190/

You‘ll also find him active in facebook groups like Lost Highway Germany, Friends of Blaze Foley, Without getting killed or caught: For Guy Clark friends and fans, All good Wishes: A Texas Spirited Singer Songwriter Fangroup, Music For Lovers and many more.

Both on YouTube and Spotify Martin curates playlists with songs about / for / namechecking Townes Van Zandt:

Songs about Townes Van Zandt Spotify Playlist

Songs for Townes YouTube Playlist

On YouTube you’ll also find his playlist with more than 100 full Townes Van Zandt concerts:

Townes Van Zandt Full Concerts YouTube Playlist

Make sure to check out his Townes Van Zandt Discography

You’ll find lots of his carefully curated playlists on Spotify, most notably „Women’s Day – 1,000 female voices“ and „Black, Red. Gold and Indigo – The Best Americana Music From Germany“:
Martin Wimmer‘s Spotify Profile

Contact him anytime: townes@web.de