St. Mary’s County Spotlight on the Arts: John Zimmerman | Catch My Job


Our spotlight on the arts shines brightly on local musicians John Zimmerman!

John has been involved in music for as long as he can remember; Singing in church and school choirs is one of the earliest memories of her artistic journey. His efforts continued through elementary school and he played in his first full band in high school. Zimmerman attended classes during the day and attended rehearsals and concerts in the evenings and on weekends; It was a very busy time for him as a student and a budding musician.

Our featured artist recently performed at the 2022 Leonardtown Summer Music Festival for the Labor Day Weekend Bash, Robbie Booth Band and Billy Breslin. Zimmerman can often be found at the Leonardtown Winery port and has also performed acoustically at Hill’s Country Store, Social Coffeehouse and Last Drop Country Bar.

Q: What have been your past and/or current inspirations?

Always my family and friends from day one! I grew up listening to all genres of music thanks to them including songs by Elvis, Queen, Eagles, Aerosmith, Guns N Roses and many more. It’s an endless list, from classical to hard rock; It has it all. These days I’m most drawn to music that you don’t hear on the radio every day. Oh yes, and a lot of Disney, thanks to my daughter! I try to support local artists knowing the dedication it takes to put myself out there. Music has always been a huge part of my life.

Q: Do you have a favorite style or other favorite aspect of what you do?

My favorite aspect of music is the full spectrum of emotions different songs can bring out in people. I can go from playing an upbeat party song where people stand up and play a song that hits someone in their soul because of how it connects with them specifically. I definitely play well outside of just one genre – I like to mix rock, country, soul and even some hip-hop at times.

Q: Do you play other instruments besides guitar?

Yes, I also play drums and piano. I also have a passion for the art side of recording. I went to school for recording engineering as a dream to work in a recording studio when I was young. I have a small studio at home that I enjoy spending time in.

Q: What are your connections to Southern Maryland?

I was born and raised here in Southern Maryland, having lived in three contiguous counties at one time or another. From childhood until my high school graduation, I lived in Charles County and Calvert for several years. I eventually put down roots in St. Mary’s County, where I have lived since 2011 with my wife and daughter.

Q: What are some of your other interests or occupations outside of your art form? (or anything else you want to share with us)

I love being a family man/father. If I’m not golfing or playing the occasional acoustic show, you’ll find me with my family! We love going to the local area for hiking, kayaking or visiting nearby playgrounds.

My daughter Lola has been playing t-ball for the past few seasons, so we spend a lot of time on the ball field. My wife Lorraine is the winemaker at Leonardtown Winery Port, so I often attend winery shows and of course enjoy their award winning wines!

Regarding the upcoming show, I don’t have any dates on the books at the time of this interview due to my busy schedule over the next month or so. I look forward to getting back as soon as time allows!

Music has a way of bringing people together and makes it easy to form new friendships. ~ John Zimmerman

Thanks, John, for sharing your story with us and being a valued part of our artistic community; We look forward to seeing you soon!

Links of interest

Port of Leonardtown Facebook –

Leonardtown Website / Port of Calendar –

Leonardtown Summer Music Festival

Contact John Zimmerman by email at: [email protected]


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