Award-winning Singer-Songwriter Tim Grimm to Perform at Fogartyville
Tim Grimm is a bit of a Renaissance man in the performing arts world. He has for the past 20 years, blended his love for songwriting, travel, and the storytelling of acting (theatre, film and television). His most recent recording- GONE, was released in March 2021 and debuted at #1 Folk album for the month. Its title song was released as a single in October, ’20 and ended up the #1 most played song on Folk radio for the year. Tim Grimm will perform at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Sunday, December 5 at 7pm. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.
Grimm served as composer/music director of the Asolo Rep’s production of The Grapes of Wrath in 2014. Playing alongside him in that production were local musicians Sara Moone and Carmela Pedicini – members of the local band Passerine. Two members of Passerine will open the show for Grimm at Fogartyville – Carmela Pedicini and David Brain will share some of the original tunes they have written during the pandemic.
Grimm 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 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. He released the album, HEART LAND in 2000, and on the strength of that recording, was named 2000’s “BEST DISCOVERY in Roots/Americana Music” by The Chicago Sun-Times. His albums COYOTES DREAM and NAMES, led to his being named “2004 MALE ARTIST of The Year” by the Freeform American Roots DJs.
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.
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