Feb
01

From “The Back Fields”



02/01/07
“Grapes of Wrath” songwriter Tim Grimm will be performing as part of the Folkus Project concert series at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and refreshments will be available.
Grimm's songs are full of the rural rumblings that have shaped his life, rich with descriptive details and sung with warmth and intimacy. The award-winning singer-songwriter, storyteller, actor, and hay farmer writes songs of unbridled passion and poetry. Embracing both his personal vision and universal themes, they recognize the inextinguishable national romance with the idea of the family farm and the vanishing landscape of rural America.
He's a musical storyteller in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, whether writing of his own journey back to the land, describing those who never left it, or honoring those who came before. Critics searching for comparisons most often cite Guthrie, Johnny Cash, and Bruce Springsteen, though they're quick to point out that Grimm's fine line between folk and country, traditional and contemporary, is truly his own.
Grimm grew up in the rural and small-town settings of southern Indiana, the son of schoolteachers and grandson of farmers, with a reputation as an up-and-coming singer-songwriter whose skills were honed at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. He also traveled and played now and again with friend Ramblin' Jack Elliott. After moving to Los Angeles, he costarred in the NBC series "Reasonable Doubts" and appeared in half a dozen feature films, including "Clear and Present Danger" opposite Harrison Ford.
Several years ago Grimm and his wife tired of living in LA and bought an old farm in southern Indiana, not far from where he grew up. Tim began to write songs again, inspired by the area in which he was raised. In 2000, he released "Heart Land" to critical acclaim. Rich Warren, host of The Midnight Special, wrote in Sing Out, "He masterfully works his words like a farmer works the soil for a deeply involving, superbly crafted harvest of songs."
Songs from "Heart Land" have won numerous awards, including the John Lennon
Songwriting Contest (country), The Great American Songwriting Competition (folk/country), and Best Traditional Folk Song in the Just Plain Folks Music Awards; and received a nomination for an Independent Music Award (bluegrass/country). His 2003 release, "Coyote’s Dream," was been nominated for Best Traditional Folk Album in the Just Plain Folks Music Awards, and the song, “Browning Mountain” received a Best Traditional Folk Song nomination. His latest CD "The Back Fields" was named Best Americana Album in the 2006 Just Plain Folks Music Awards. In his home state, Indianapolis Monthly magazine listed him in their year-end "Best of Indy" issue as their
singer-songwriter of choice.
Grimm has also remained active in the theater by writing music for stage plays. Local theatergoers will recall that he composed and performed the music for Syracuse Stage's production of “The Grapes of Wrath.”
Admission to Friday’s concert is $10. For reservations, email tickets@folkus.org or call (315) 440-7444.





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