Southern Gothic Tyminski
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- 1Southern Gothic03:55
- 2Breathing Fire03:10
- 4Temporary Love03:10
- 5Perfect Poison03:42
- 6Devil Is Downtown03:52
- 7Hollow Hallelujah04:14
- 8Good For Your Soul03:43
- 9Wailing Wall03:20
- 10Haunted Heart02:50
Info for Southern Gothic
The new album sees Dan mixing his roots music pedigree with a wide range of contemporary influences on 13 songs he co-wrote with some of country's best and brightest talents. Many of the songs were inspired by what Dan describes as his perceptions of "light and dark" and originally written for other artists, though he ultimately decided to record them himself. Co-writers on Southern Gothic include Sarah Buxton, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Monroe, Josh Kear, and the late Andrew Dorff.
All 13 tracks on the album were co-written by Tyminski who describes the album as holding up a mirror to society without judgment or opinions. What started out as songwriting for other artists, resulted in the 14-time Grammy winner finding himself jealous to give up the songs he was writing and realizing that he had an opportunity to explore these songs within his own project.
The Rutland, Vermont native is one of the premier vocalists in modern acoustic music. As a child, he was drawn to Southern singers including Jimmy Martin, Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice and found himself not only mimicking their southern singing voices but also teaching himself how to play banjo by ear. A 25-year member of Alison Krauss’ Union Station, he is also the singing voice of George Clooney’s character in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? for which he won two Grammy Awards including Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for the single “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow” and Album of the Year for the soundtrack which sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
In 2014 after lending his vocals to Avicii’s international pop hit “Hey Brother,” which went #1 in at least 18 countries and has global streams of over 1.1 billion and downloads of 5.3 million, Tyminski began to realize that he could fit outside of his acoustic music box. Working with producer Jesse Frasure (Thomas Rhett, Lauren Alaina) and top songwriters including Sarah Buxton (“Stupid Boy”), Josh Kear (“Need You Now”), Cary Barlowe (“American Honey”), Andrew Dorff (“Neon Light”) and Amy Wadge (“Thinking Out Loud”), Tyminski has crafted an American quilt of music that is a melding of genres and in which the symbolism of light and dark seem to always be at odds.
“I feel that the light and dark in this record are truly my journey, my personal journey in life,” explains Tyminski. “I think we all feel that whisper from each side of your shoulder, someone saying, ‘yeah do it,’ or ‘no don’t do it.’ I have an enormous struggle with that in my life, but it’s something that I’m aware of. I try to make sure that I understand what the right voice is. I don’t make quick decisions because light and dark, in my opinion, can often look very similar.”
Dynamic on stage, down to earth off stage, 14-time Grammy winner Dan Tyminski has the voice, instrumental chops, and charisma to be counted among the most recognizable and popular male vocalists on today’s bluegrass and country music scenes. Yet his demeanor – low-key and laconically sly – ensures that all the accolades are the product of his own innate gifts. Since 1994, his ace instrumental skill (mainly on guitar, but also on mandolin) and burnished, soulful tenor singing have been key components of Alison Krauss and Union Station, arguably the most visible and successful bluegrass band in the modern era.
Tyminski notably stepped ever more deeply into the popular conscience as the singing voice of George Clooney in the Coen Brothers’ Odyssean farce O Brother, Where Art Thou? In addition to being a pivotal element in the plot of the film, his powerful rendition of the Stanley Brothers’ version of “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” became a surprise hit single – firing off a popular renaissance in bluegrass in the process. The song was given the Country Music Association (CMA) award for Single of the Year, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Award for Song of the Year, and a Grammy Award for Country Collaboration with Vocals. The project was also honored with the IBMA Award for Album of the Year, as well as the Grammy Award for Album of the Year – a rare achievement for a soundtrack project.
In 2013, Dan’s voice again made international musical rounds in a collaboration on another unusual project, when he appeared as a guest lead vocalist for Swedish DJ/electronic dance artist, Avicii. The song, titled “Hey Brother,” appeared on Avicii’s album True and has become an international, chart-topping hit.
Growing up in the unlikely bluegrass state of Vermont, Dan Tyminski very quickly saw there was little difference between the rolling hills of New England and those of East Tennessee, as his parents raised him to a soundtrack of bluegrass and old-time country music. When barely 21 years old, he was plucked from the ranks of regional bluegrass bands to join the Lonesome River Band, first appearing on their 1989 release Looking for Yourself.
Dan has since been a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station for the past 20 years, where his forceful vocals showcase the band’s commitment to classic bluegrass, even as their sound has evolved into a richly hued hybrid that draws from a myriad of styles and sounds. The silken voice of Krauss and more roughly- hewed quality of Tyminski’s make an unlikely and utterly riveting combination that has resonated in performances ranging from hometown bluegrass festivals all the way to the East Room of the White House.
With Union Station, Tyminski has participated in a string of highly regarded and commercially successful albums, including So Long So Wrong (1997), New Favorite (2001), Live (2001), Lonely Runs Both Ways (2004) and Paper Airplane (2011). He also appears on the Krauss solo album Forget About It (1999) and on her multi-platinum 1995 compilation Now That I’ve Found You: A Collection, as well as 2007’s A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection. The band has been showered in Grammy, CMA, and IBMA awards, among others, and Tyminski has been named Male Vocalist of the Year by the IBMA four times and was recognized as 2004’s Male Vocalist of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA).
Tyminski has also released two acclaimed solo albums, the soul-stirring Carry Me Across the Mountain (2000) and the Grammy-nominated Wheels (2008), a riveting collection that blends the sophistication of Union Station with the intensity of Dan’s hard-driving approach. Wheels was named the 2009 Album of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Dan actively tours with both Union Station and as a solo act in a variety of configurations, and has also appeared as part of Vince Gill’s band and has toured with Jerry Douglas and with jazz great Charlie Haden. In 2004, Dan was invited by Eric Clapton to participate in Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, and then again as a part of Union Station in 2007. He has been featured in Rolling Stone, Country Weekly, CNN.com, and by the Associated Press, and has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the Grammy Awards, Good Morning America, the CMA Awards, the ACM Awards, and even Sesame Street. He is also a highly regarded session musician and vocalist, having contributed to projects for Leann Rimes, Brad Paisley, Joan Osborne, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson and dozens of others.
Adding one more eclectic achievement to his resume, Dan designed his very own signature edition guitar through Martin & Co. Guitars. The new version is modeled after his own beloved 1946 Martin D-28, which was Dan’s first guitar.
When not on the road, Tyminski lives in the Nashville area and works on his golf game. He often participates in charity and celebrity golf tournaments, and was named by Golf Digest as one of the top ten golfers in music.
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