Tim Grimm, acclaimed Indiana-based Folk-Americana singer-songwriter & actor, announces a short UK tour from September 24-October 9, in support of his latest and current #1 album on the US Folk Radio Chart, Heart Land Again, which is due for UK release on October 11
Touring UK September-October 2019
It is 1999. Actor Tim Grimm returns to Indiana, turns singer-songwriter and records his debut album Heart Land.
It is 2019. Singer-songwriter Tim Grimm and The Family Band record Heart Land Again with new versions of Heart Land songs plus ‘Staying In Love’ and ‘Love More’; two extraordinary new songs.
Tim Grimm about Heart Land Again
“Twenty years ago, I recorded the first Heart Land. The songs were the result of falling in love again with the rural Midwest and its people. My wife Jan and I made a conscious choice to relocate from Los Angeles to an old 80 acre farm in south-central Indiana. In these 20 years, we have lost many of the characters in these songs, but they now ‘live’ every time I sing about them. Our sons Jackson and Connor were five and seven when I recorded the original album, and none of us could have imagined they’d become the musicians they are now. They both put their stamp on this new recording in numerous ways, and encouraged me to look afresh on several tunes. I still sing these songs – for me, they’re ‘keepers’ after all these years, and it brings me great joy to show them in a new light.”
TIM GRIMM · SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2019 UK TOUR
with Jackson Grimm on vocals, guitar, banjo & mandolin
Tue 24 Edinburgh Leith Folk Club, Victoria Park House Hotel
Sat 28 Beverley Upstairs at Monks, The Monks Walk
Thu 3 Stroud The Prince Albert
Sat 5 Maidstone The Bell Inn N.B. 4pm show
Wed 9 Nottingham The Running Horse
About Tim Grimm
Tim Grimm lives on an 80 acre Farm in southern Indiana, and has been called “The Poet Laureate of the rural Midwest”. Grimm’s song ‘The Lake’ was part of 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 including Clear and Present Danger with Harrison Ford, and for 2 years co-starred on 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 US Midwest’s finest songwriters. Both TV specials about this show were nominated for Emmy Awards.
For the past 20 odd years the singer-songwriter and actor blended his love for folk music, songwriting and travel with acting in theatre, film and television. He has composed music for the theatre, most recently the wildly successful Finding Home: Indiana at 200 for the 200th anniversary of the state of Indiana.
Praise for Tim Grimm
“One of the leading Folk and Americana exponents…a multi-talented artist.” Americana-UK
“Tim Grimm paints stories with rare and intense color and musicality. Listen, and learn.” Elmore magazine
“…songs that are perceptive and tell stories that resonate. Grimm has a voice of the ages” Lonesome Highway
“Grimm is an engaging storyteller.” Mojo
“One of the best things about listening to a new artist is that they have the power to make you fall in love with music all over again. Tim Grimm just did that.” R2
Tim Grimm about the songs on Heart Land Again
‘Staying in Love’ – This is my father’s song. From the time I was 14 – until the day he died…My Dad played a huge role in bringing us to the Heart Land. He got a hold of one of those VHS cameras – the big ones that rested on your shoulder, and he filmed the old farm of Dortha Starnes in the bleakest of winters, sent us the tape and we fell in love with those 80 acres back in Indiana…but it was when I was still a boy that we moved to my parent’s dream – a house they built on15 wooded acres and a lake they dammed up themselves. It was a slice of Heaven. Dad died on that place just two years ago, and this is the first song I’ve been able to write since he passed. As I say in ‘She Remembers’, – The end is the beginning for this home, this farm, this love – Also thanks to Hope Dunbar – for throwing out the prompt that forced me to sit down and let this come out.
‘That Old Man’ – This is my first “Keeper”, the oldest song that I still play. Grandpa Grimm gave me a love for the “farm” – the country…Connor and Jackson are singing this with me – which is fitting and an endearing legacy. I sing about my Grandfather (who they never met) and they must in some small way be singing about their Grandfather (my Dad) too…
‘Too Hard Drivin’’ – For two to three years we “commuted” between LA and southern Indiana. It was a way of finding our way. We straddled two worlds – the city of angels and the heart land…
‘Better Days’ – This is the first song I wrote after moving back to Indiana. As I did I when I was boy, we set to bale hay in the summertime, and we looked to the wisdom and guidance of the older farm couples who surrounded us, Amos and Carmen Chesnut, Jim and Ruth Butler…anchors and lights on the porch. I sing to their memory always. In life, there are secrets like fireflies…The Butler’s son drove the tractor one long afternoon at our place, while he was riddled with cancer – he “died slow” and their grandson “died fast” – headlong into a massive old oak on the Chesnut farm years earlier…
‘She Remembers’ – Amos Chesnut was the first of the neighbouring farmers to pass away. His wife Carmen stayed on the farm alone – until her children felt it was time she moved to town. The image of her sitting alone on their old porch swing will always stay with me (and her smile). Not long after Amos, Jim Butler died, and his wife Ruth, stayed at their place alone as well…
‘Carter’s Blues’ – I learned this Carter Family song off an old Kathy and Carol record (track it down!). That record was one of the significant musical influences in my younger days – that, and “Bowling Green” by the Kossoy Sisters (who I later met, befriended and they recorded a song with me). In recording this song 20 years ago, I began a habit of recording a “traditional” song on each of my subsequent releases.
‘Down the Road’ – Ah, the march of “progress”. I felt it 20 years ago when we moved here, and I feel it even more acutely now.
‘Sowin’ on the Mountain’ – Always a favourite of mine, that I learned form my friend – Ramblin’ Jack. But it’s my son, Jackson, who came up with the current version.
‘Perfect Getaway’ – My Mom told me the gist of this story – about three high-school kids who she had in a remedial class in Columbus, IN, and I ran with it!
‘80 Acres’ – The story of our land. We got the deed of the place, and the deed is this leather bound document that contains the names of everyone who’s ever lived there since the late 1830’s. As soon as I picked it up, I knew there was a song in there. When we got the keys from Dortha Starnes, we meet her on the back porch, and she told us the thing she’s missed more than anything else was “walking the line” – she said, most days she tried to walk the boundary line – a quarter of a mile by half a mile. She handed me the song and an unspoken responsibility.
‘Love More’ – This is another new song – influenced by our current struggles as a nation.
‘Pumpkin the Cat’ – Singing this song 20 years later, I realise how we’ve come to really know and love our land. We’re lucky. Men I know and respect – Scott Russell Saunders, and Wendell Berry, have reminded me over the years of the richness in setting and knowing a place.