I believe it's that true feeling you get from a recording that defines the artist. I believe that they were the original outlaws in the music industry and he is just a son of the old way. Tim spent a lot of time on the road traveling with his guitar “Omar” on a greyhound bus, back and forth from Jacksonville, FL to Missouri even out to Maine and New York for a while. He actually spent a total of 5 years in Columbia, MO (Central Missouri) writing music and playing out wherever I could in my early twenties.
He lived a hard life, a life of long travels over my father being in the military when I was young. He grew up wanting to be a traveler himself but only take in what he wanted. He quit school to be a musician and traveled around. He never had much money so I lived the blues in that way.
He married at 22 to a woman with 4 children and divorced a year and a half later. He spent a lot of my time, even, then working on music. He wrote his first Album “The Invisible Man” in 2004 early 2005. Back then he was a member of the NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association) he attended a lot of songwriting groups about writing songs and some business aspects of it.
He never caught on to the whole business realm. His take on it all was always “write and sing what you feel and if folks can’t feel it then it just isn’t their cup of tea”. As a result he never really sold any of my songs to anyone, though it never mattered that much to him. He received quite a lot of attention on his Soundclick site that I started in 2004.
His goal in my life with his music is that someone, anyone- will hear and understand and maybe even be inspired from one of the many songs that he has written over the years. Who knows, perhaps a folk scholar will one day write an essay about him maybe? He writes: "To be honest I wouldn’t take a moment of my grief or sorrow back if I was given a chance to, because it’s shaped me into the artist that I am today. I’ve written a lot of really good songs, but I’ve recorded some pretty bad ones as well. I’m not perfect but I’ve learned a lot from my mistakes through the years, not just in music but with life." Born in Jacksonville, FL.
In 1981 he got his first guitar “Omar” in 1989 – that he named after my Great Grandfather Omar Epperhart. He only met him a handful of times early in his childhood, but he had a hearing aid that make a distinctive ringing noise. Other than that, he didn’t much know him all that well. Back in them days there was a whole lot of traveling going on with his family, going here and there.
This year, 2009 makes it 20 years that he has had that guitar. He's quoted as writing: "The industry in and of itself is composed of different levels of notoriety. The big stars we hear on the radio and see on the TV may in fact be influenced by what's happening underground for the mere fact they used to be the small guys too. For me to believe this as a big city small time folk singer is pretty hard, but I believe it to be true because no matter whom you are: It all starts with a dream! Those of us who have been here (In the underground) a very long time know where we are and live in the real world.
The "industry" - to us, is quite literally living and working in the real world and living a shared existence with the rest of industrial consumers." Would you sign a record contract with a major label? "I would sign with a major label. It isn’t easy trying to put out music by you. Try being me these past 10-20 years doing everything by yourself & see how you like it. It's frustrating to me in a lot of ways.
I might be considered a sell out for wanting more for myself and my family writing music. Maybe if folks would open their eyes and understand, this is my job, my first love and dream. My musicianship shouldn't be compromised for living my dream. I tip my hat to those who have made it and raise my glass high to the hope and a better future for myself in writing music." "I first picked up a guitar on Christmas 1989.
You can actually see the video of it here on this site, under the video titled "Rescue Me". The amazing thing is, this is the 20’Th anniversary year of when I got my guitar 20 year ago. When I was a teenager - I started playing drums in a band. I always played my guitar and wrote songs with my closest friends, who were also young musicians.
When all my friends left because our parents were in the military, I put down the drums and picked my guitar back up when I was about 17 years old. I played, played and played some more - I liked the idea of being "acoustic punk grunge" and bringing new ideas into music. I practiced nightly and mastered the basic chords." "I recorded a lot of songs over the years. Some better than others and others not really even trying just wanting to jam and getting out some feelings.
I never had anything other than my music to get out feelings, like art is to an artist I suppose." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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