Tim’s new single ‘Dreaming of King Lear‘. From April 30, 2021 available from all legal download and streaming services
TIM GRIMM – GONE – NEW ALBUM – Available from September 10, 2021 – CD, LP & Digital. (European CD edition includes extra track)
Tim Grimm had not intended to write and release another album of songs in 2020-2021, but that was before the world turned upside down, and masks and social distancing became the norm….before concerts and theaters were shuttered… before the weight of cultural and social anxiety became seemingly unbearable under the dark veil of a Trump presidency. Grimm has often felt that all songs are either love songs -or political songs…. And in times like these, for him, they are often one and the same.
In nine tracks, Grimm’s album GONE reflects on dreams past and present, and on personal and community loss. As a collection of songs, it weaves deftly between the simple clarity of a songwriter’s observation and a use of metaphor that is at once both uncomplicated and beguiling. A DREAM starts things off as it builds with a lush string arrangement (compliments of Diederik van Wassenaer), and Tim immediately conveys that dreams- like time- can serve as markers of both the past and present- the consistent and the elusive, as well as the shadows of what may yet come. CARRY US AWAY strips away the sonic landscape into finger-picked guitar and banjo with a haunting harmonica. It is a bittersweet love song of ache and melancholy, and it feels timeless. CADILLAC HEARSE picks things up with a rollicking tale of an unforgettable ride through rural North Carolina in the 60’s, and 25 TREES displays Grimm’s gifts of simple observation with lists of books and trees made all the more relevant in this time of the pandemic. LAUREL PEARL and JOSEPH CROSS are both songs of loss— two very different sides of the same coin. Laurel was just a young girl from Plymouth, MA, while Joseph was an old Indian brought to life from the pen of Tim’s friend, the deceased Eric Taylor (another victim of 2020). For this song, Grimm enlists Taylor’s widow- Susan- to sing harmonies, and friends James Gilmer (percussion) and Marco Feccio (electric guitar) who both played and recorded with Eric. Tim Grimm released the title track as a single last fall and it rose quickly to become the Number One Song of 2020 on the Folk DJ charts. GONE was also nominated as Song of the Year in the International Folk Alliance Awards 2021. DREAMING OF KING LEAR is the second single from the album and the last song Tim wrote for this album. 2020 saw the loss of not only John Prine (referenced in GONE), but also Eric Taylor and Michael David Olney and Michael Smith, the author of The Dutchman. These three master songwriters were all inspirations for Grimm, and over the years he had hosted them in concerts in Indiana, appeared on stages and festivals with them, and co-toured parts of the states or Europe. These are voices and spirits that were unique and will be sorely missed in the folk music world. The European CD closes with a reprise of A DREAM, a simpler and more stripped-down version of this hauntingly beautiful song. This track is only available on the European CD edition of this album.
Tim Grimm’s family is once again at the heart of this musical outing. Wife, Jan, supplies vocal harmonies and harmonica, as well as co-writes on 2 songs…. son Connor’s bass anchors many of these tunes…. And son, Jackson plays a fine banjo, guitar and mandolin— that weave their way through many of the songs.
Charcoal and crayons cover art drawing by a young Tim Grimm, aged about 11
About Tim Grimm
One of the leading Folk and Americana exponents …..a multi-talented artist. (Americana-uk.com)
einen der besten aktuellen US-Liedermacher (Goodtimes – Ger)
# 1 Song on Folk Radio 2020 (Gone)
#1 Album (Heart Land Again) & Artist JULY & AUGUST 2019 (Folk radio)
#1 Album (A Stranger in This Time) and Song (Gonna Be Great) on Folk radio- 2017
#1 Song on Folk radio- 2016 (Woody’s Landlord)
#1 Song on Folk radio- 2014 (King of The Folksingers)
After college (Earlham), Tim Grimm pursed an MFA in Theatre at The University of Michigan and from there worked in Regional Theatre, settling in Chicago. In Chicago, in addition to his theatre work, he studied briefly at the Old Town School of Folk Music and began writing songs and performing. He put together a band, Tim Grimm and The True Hearts, and released 2 cds–True Heart, Kind Mind and Broken Down Palace. At which point, “Hollywood called”, and Tim put down his guitar and pen, and didn’t really pick them up for close to 10 years.
After several years (1990s) working in Los Angeles (where he co-starred for 2 seasons on the NBC drama Reasonable Doubts, worked on Clear and Present Danger with Harrison Ford, and appeared in several films and tv projects), Tim returned home to Indiana. He grew up in the woods and small town settings of southern Indiana, son of schoolteachers and grandson of farmers, and his return home was a conscious choice to live a life of significance rather than one of “success’. He now lives with his wife Jan on 80 acres 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.
In 2005, Grimm was asked to compose music and act in a production of THE GRAPES OF WRATH at Indiana Repertory Theatre and Syracuse Stage in New York. His song from the play–THE PEOPLE’S HIGHWAY, made it onto his next album, THE BACK FIELDS, which was subsequently named Americana Album of the Year by the Just Plain Folks Music Awards– the world’s largest independent music awards.
In 2007, Grimm put together a concept cd with several of the Midwest’s finest songwriter’s— Krista Detor, Carrie Newcomer, Tom Roznowski, and Michael White. The recording, Wilderness Plots, was drawn from the short stories of noted author, Scott Russell Sanders, and explored the settling of the American Wilderness in the Ohio River Valley Region between The Revolutionary War and The Civil War. Two PBS programs have explored Wilderness Plots– the first, a documentary on the story and song, and the second a full Wilderness Plots- In Concert (2012). Produced by WTIU in Bloomington, IN, both productions were nominated for EMMY AWARDS. Tim continued to write songs based on Sander’s writings and released the album, WILDERNESS SONGS AND BAD MAN BALLADS in 2011. Looking ahead to the Spring of 2018, the original cast of Wilderness Plots will reunite for a select few shows, and again be filmed by WTIU for PBS. Tim continues to be active in Regional Theatre as well– most recently in the Bicentennial production for this home state- FINDING HOME: Indiana at 200, for which he wrote an album’s worth of music, and appeared for 6 weeks onstage — as actor and with the Family Band.
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