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.

Artist’s website: www.timgrimm.com

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