Tim Grimm and the Family Band | A Stranger in This Time

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A Stranger in This Time

by Tim Grimm and the Family Band

A blending of roots-folk-Americana with remarkable storytelling songs.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. These Rollin' Hills
3:25 $0.99
2. Gonna Be Great
5:23 $0.99
3. So Strong
3:27 $0.99
4. Thirteen Years
4:43 $0.99
5. Black Snake
5:14 $0.99
6. Finding Home
4:20 $0.99
7. Hard Road
3:51 $0.99
8. The Hungry Grass
3:52 $0.99
9. Darlin' Cory
2:29 $0.99
10. Over the Waves
3:29 $0.99
11. Over Hill and Dale
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Album Notes
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 cd.
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 a few 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 honors the folk tradition from which Tim comes, and pushes the boundaries of that tradition with drums and percussion by guest Hannah Linn. Diederik van Wassanaer is the guest fiddler on two tracks, bringing a heady energy to “So Strong” and an old-time feel to the trad song “Darling Cory” which was arranged by Jackson Grimm. The cd 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.



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Best album so far this year
This is the best Tim Grimm album to date.....topical and well produced. It doesn't get any better than this. Adding the Family Band was a step in the right direction. His voice never sounded better. Great folk music.

Joe Ross (Roots Music Report)

People, places and even a little social-political protest vibe
Today’s successful folksinger like Tim Grimm uses a similar approach that has worked for folksingers for generations. Capture a sense of place (“These Rolling Hills” and “Finding Home”). Create powerful images of people encountered along the way (“So Strong”). Tell stories from the heart (“Thirteen Years”). Provide a social-political protest vibe (“Black Snake”). The album's title is found among the evocative lyrics of "These Rollin' Hills" that is both nostalgic but foreboding. Grimm has released two earlier albums, and this one builds a fuller, more sumptuous and collaborative soundscape. Tim was supported in the writing and production of the songs by sons Jackson Grimm (guitars, banjo, octave mandolin, vocals) and Connor Grimm (bass), as well as his wife, Jan Lucas (harmonica, vocals). Tim pushes the boundaries of the folk tradition with drums and percussion by guest Hannah Linn. Guest fiddler Diederik van Wassanaer appears on two tracks. For a more traditional banjo and fiddle-driven sound and story of that wronged woman seeking revenge, check out “Darlin’ Cory.” If Cory lived today, she might do well to heed the advice and wisdom imparted in “Over the Waves.” (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)