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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‘Woody’s Landlord’ – official video:
Friday 12 May Bontnewydd, nr. Aberystwyth Private House Concert
Monday 22 May Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare Mick Murphy’s Bar
Thursday 25 May Dublin Tarred and Feathered Folk Session, Grange Woodbine Club
Friday 26 May Ballydehob, Co. Cork Levis Corner House
Saturday 3 June Cropredy The Brasenose Arms
Further dates to be announced