Tim Stafford
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  • I Am America
    Genre: Other
    MP3 (03:40) [8.4 MB]
  • Janet's Waltz
    Genre: Instrumental
    MP3 (03:55) [8.97 MB]
  • Safe Water
    Genre: Acoustic
    MP3 (00:54) [2.07 MB]
  • Distant Island
    Genre: Instrumental
    MP3 (03:19) [7.59 MB]
  • Temperance Reel
    Genre: Instrumental Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:53) [6.59 MB]
  • Hillbilly Neighbor
    Genre: Folk
    MP3 (03:10) [7.27 MB]
  • Presbyterian Hymn Medley (My Hope is Built on Nothing Less, He Leadeth Me, Come Thou Fount of Every
    Genre: Folk Gospel
    MP3 (04:07) [9.42 MB]
  • The Girl I Left Behind Me
    Genre: Instrumental Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:12) [5.04 MB]
  • Wildwood Flower
    Genre: Instrumental Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:20) [5.36 MB]
  • Angel Terrace
    Genre: Instrumental
    MP3 (03:40) [8.38 MB]
  • Smitten Kitten
    Genre: Instrumental
    MP3 (01:56) [4.44 MB]
  • Shaker Vanity
    Genre: Instrumental
    MP3 (02:32) [5.82 MB]
  • Backseat Blues
    Genre: Instrumental
    MP3 (02:29) [5.7 MB]
  • Via Dolorosa
    Genre: Instrumental
    MP3 (02:55) [6.66 MB]
  • Mason Orchard
    Genre: Instrumental
    MP3 (02:52) [6.55 MB]
  • Watercolor Sky
    Genre: Instrumental
    MP3 (01:50) [4.19 MB]
  • Tideline
    Genre: Instrumental
    MP3 (02:26) [5.58 MB]
  • Long Branch Coffee
    Genre: Folk
    MP3 (01:45) [4 MB]
  • Whiskey Island
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:59) [6.84 MB]
  • Just to Hear the Whistle Blow
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:23) [7.75 MB]
  • Janet's Song
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:09) [4.93 MB]
  • Worry's Like a Rockin' Chair
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:52) [6.57 MB]
  • Father Nelson
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:54) [8.91 MB]
  • On the Ledge
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:20) [5.34 MB]
  • Poodle on the Dashboard
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:52) [6.57 MB]
  • Dimes
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:30) [5.74 MB]
  • Red Wing
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:02) [6.94 MB]
  • Hideaway Hotel
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (04:09) [9.5 MB]
  • It Ain't the Mountain
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:49) [6.46 MB]
  • Morgan's Way
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:05) [7.05 MB]
  • Isaac Morton's Revenge
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:10) [7.26 MB]
  • Back in the Day
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:44) [6.25 MB]
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Tim was born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee. Although his sisters played piano, there was no music to speak of played in the house. After starting out on drums, Tim discovered bluegrass in the mid-1970s as a freshman at Ketron High School, becoming a banjo player. He switched to guitar in the late 70s and became a member of several groups, including Mountain Memories and The Boys in the Band. In the late 1980s, Tim formed Dusty Miller with Adam Steffey and Adam's wife at the time, Tammy Rogers (later a founding member of the Steeldrivers), Brian Fesler and Barry Bales. Alison Krauss hired Tim, Adam and Barry in 1990 and Union Station proceeded to record a Grammy-winning CD, Every Time You Say Goodbye (Rounder, 1992) and become one of the most influential bands in modern bluegrass history. After leaving the band in 1992 to spend more time with his family, including his infant son Daniel, Tim worked odd jobs and taught at different colleges and universities until he formed Blue Highway in 1994 with Wayne Taylor, Shawn Lane, Rob Ickes and Jason Burleson. The band released its 10th recorded project, The Game in January 2014; their 20 years together with the same members is a record in bluegrass history; the band is one of the most decorated and influential in bluegrass history as well, having been nominated for 2 Grammies, winning a Dove Award, and nearly 30 IBMA Awards.

Tim is a prolific songwriter, with over 175 songs recorded. In addition, he is a sought-after studio musician, having recorded with over 75 artists in addition to Blue Highway, including Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Jorma Kaukonen, Jesse McReynolds, Benny Sims, Marty Raybon, Joe Isaacs, Ronnie Bowman, Charles Sawtelle, Tony Trischka, Larry Sparks, Jim Mills and others. He has produced many award winning records for various artists, including Kenny Chesney, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Knee Deep in Bluegrass, the Acutab Sessions. Tim performed many times with Hazel Dickens, including the Lincoln Center in New York (2006), Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT (2005), Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, San Francisco, CA (2010), Wintergrass, Tacoma WA (2003). Tim has taught at every major bluegrass-oriented camp, including Rockygrass Academy, Camp Bluegrass (South Plains College, TX), Augusta Heritage, Wintergrass Academy, Sore Fingers (UK), Bluegrass at the Beach, Nashcamp, Kaufman's Flatpicking Camp, California Bluegrass Association Camp at Grass Valley, St. Louis Flatpick, Resosummit, Summergrass Academy, Grand Targhee, Bluegrass Masters Weekend, and Nashville Flatpick Camp.

Tim worked on a PhD in History at Miami University in the mid 1980s. He has taught American History, Western Civ, Appalachian Studies, Mass Communications and Popular Culture, Personal instruction in guitar and banjo, and Bluegrass Traditions at several colleges and Universities, including Miami, East Tennessee State, and Appalachian State University. He and Caroline Wright co-authored Still Inside: The Tony Rice Story, the critically-acclaimed authorized biography of bluegrass Hall of Fame member and living legend Tony Rice in 2010. Tim gave the keynote address at the 1994 IBMA World of Bluegrass in Owensboro, KY and has been on the IBMA Board of Directors two different times, serving as Vice Chair from 1995 to 1998.

Tim released his first solo record, Endless Line in 2004 on FGM Records to critical acclaim. It was nominated for IBMA’s Instrumental Recording of the Year in 2005. His second, Just to Hear the Whistle Blow, was released in July 2014. In addition, Tim and Caroline Wright co-authored Still Inside: The Tony Rice Story, the critically-acclaimed authorized biography of guitar legend Tony Rice, in 2010. His latest solo record is 2017's Acoustic Guitar.
  • Members:
  • Sounds Like:
    Tony Rice, Dan Tyminski, Alison Krauss, Tim O'Brien
  • Influences:
    Tony Rice, J.D. Crowe, Ricky Skaggs, Django Reinhardt, Tommy Emmanuel,
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    02/12/18 07:24:10

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