Tim Grimm and the Family Band – new album

Tim Grimm

A Stranger In This Time ranges from Tim Grimm’s signature reverence for the people and the land where he grew up, to sharply crafted and damning indictments of the times in which we live; from deep, poetic ballads of bittersweet love to edgy, groove-driven social commentary.

The opening track, ‘These Rollin’ Hills’ invites us in with love of Grimm’s home ground and a subtle foreboding about the upcoming winter, both actual and metaphorical. The songs ‘Gonna Be Great’ and ‘Black Snake’ give a nod to both Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan in their gritty production and social-political protest vibe; both full of stunning guitar riffs, electric and acoustic, as well as compelling bass and drum beats. There are songs of lush soundscape and potent images with the mesmerizing urgency of ‘Over The Waves’, and ‘Finding Home’, which evokes deep yearning. ‘Thirteen Years’ is pure, classic Tim Grimm; a song about the tree that fell on his grandfather’s farm and that many years later became the wood for the guitar on which he recorded the album.

Tim was supported, both in the writing and production of the songs, by his sons Jackson Grimm (guitars, banjo, octave mandolin, vocals) and Connor Grimm (bass), as well as his wife, Jan Lucas (harmonica, vocals) and it was a truly collaborative effort. Both sons have played and toured with Tim on and off for several years, and his wife Jan has been touring with him since 2004, but this is the first time they have collaborated as writers, musicians, and producers in such a focused way. The result honours the folk tradition from which Tim comes, and pushes the boundaries of that tradition with drums and percussion by guest Hannah Linn. Diederik van Wassenaer is the guest fiddler on two songs, bringing a heady energy to ‘So Strong’ and an old-time feel to the traditional song ‘Darling Cory’, which was arranged by Jackson Grimm. The album was recorded in the rolling hills of Monroe County, Indiana at Airtime Studios under the watchful eye and ear of long-time collaborator Dave Weber.

Tim Grimm, singer-songwriter and actor, has toured and recorded with his friend, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, appeared with Harrison Ford in the film Clear And Present Danger, and has shared the stage with writer and poet Wendell Berry. His recent recording, The Turning Point, produced the #1 song on Folk radio in 2014: ‘King of the Folksingers’, a tribute to his friend and musical icon, Ramblin’ Jack.

Grimm released the single only ‘Woody’s Landlord’ in October 2016, the song tracks Woody Guthrie’s connection with Donald Trump, Tim’s strange connection with Mike Pence (they were on the same high school debate team), and the hope for a better world. ‘Woody’s Landlord’ was the #1 song on US Folk Radio in 2016 and was written before the election. On the new CD, ‘Gonna Be Great’ was written post-election and has none of the whimsy that the first song has; it is deep and dark and there’s no escaping Grimm’s intent.

Grimm lives with his wife on 80 acres in southern Indiana, and has been called “The Poet Laureate of the rural Midwest.” Grimm’s song ‘The Lake’ was in the soundtrack for A Walk In The Woods, starring Robert Redford, and the director, Ken Kwapis, calls Grimm “Indiana’s Renaissance man”. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous feature films and for two years co-starred in NBC’s Reasonable Doubts. Tim Grimm is also the man behind the successful theatre program and concept CD Wilderness Plots that besides Tim features several of the Midwest’s finest songwriters – Krista Detor, Carrie Newcomer, Tom Roznowski, and Michael White. Both TV specials about this show – the documentary on the story and song and the second, a full Wilderness Plots In Concert, were nominated for Emmy Awards. Tim Grimm also wrote all music for and performed in Finding Home – Indiana at 200, the 2016 theatre show that celebrated the state of Indiana’s bicentennial.

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Artists’ website: http://www.timgrimm.com/

‘Woody’s Landlord’ – official video:

Tim Grimm and the King of the Folksingers video

We are well folking hacked off as we missed this first time round and Tim Grimm was up up and away by the 4th of July having flown the UK before we got wind of the tour.

However, its worth telling the tale about Tim’s 2013 album Turning Point in case you missed it first time around together with and the brilliant video “King of the Folksingers“.

Tim Grimm walks the fine line between folk and country, while maintaining a strong footing in tradition.  We hear the rural rumblings that have shaped his life, but we are also invited in to a bigger picture, as evident in so much of his work. Critics searching for comparisons most often cite Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie and (Nebraska-era) Bruce Springsteen.

After living and working several years in Los Angeles as an actor in TV series like Reasonable Doubts, and in a number of films including Clear and Present Danger with Harrison Ford, Tim returned home to the small town settings of Indiana. It was a conscious choice to live a life of significance rather than one of “success”.

He now lives with his wife and sons on an 80 acre farm close to where he grew up. Tim’s songs are full of the rural rumblings that have shaped his life – rich with descriptive details, and sung with warmth and intimacy – recognizing the inextinguishable national romance with the idea of the family farm and the vanishing landscape of rural America.

Grimm is also the man behind the award-winning theatre show Wilderness Plots, from which several songs were included on his critically acclaimed 2011 album Wilderness Songs and Bad Man Ballads. That same year Tim also recorded Thank You Tom Paxton, a tribute to his long-time hero.

His latest album The Turning Point features a bunch of wonderful songs and guests, including Harpeth Rising, Cindy Kallet, Beth Lodge-Rigal, Jason Wilber (John Prine’s sidekick for many years), Jan Lucas, Connor Grimm and newgrass band, The Underhills. Amongst many highlights on the album are ‘Anne In Amsterdam’, in which Tim describes his thoughts and emotions following a visit to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and the title song, a ballad about a 17th century murder in the Dutch village of Spijkerboor near the German border.

If you would like to order a copy of an album (CD or Vinyl format), download a copy or just listen to snippets of selected tracks then click below to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website (use the left and right arrows below to scroll along or back to see the full selection).

Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.

Artist web link: www.timgrimm.com