Tim & Myles Thompson
It’s not surprising that Tim and Myles Thompson’s new album, Time4Me2Go, is filled with complex, masterfully played tracks. Fans of their live shows are frequently dazzled by the often otherworldly, synchronized unity of their music. After all, the father / son duo have been playing together now for, basically, all of Myles’ 19 years.
“He was my biggest influence,” Myles says. “So it’s really not difficult to read his mind, musically.”
What IS surprising is the independent spirit that exists between the two musical partners, particularly when one of the partners is the father. “I stopped looking at Myles as a student years ago,” Tim says. “He's become a great player and writer so he's one of my peers.”
Live, the Thompsons present high-octane instrumental and vocal duets of improvised originals and classics reminiscent of legendary artists such as Chet Atkins, Stephan Grappelli, Chick Corea, Jackson Browne, Sam Bush and more. Although influenced by the masters, their down-to-earth style is all their own — a one-of-a-kind combination of improvisational jazz, traditional folk, singer-songwriter, country, rock and world music.
Time4Me2Go, the duo’s fourth studio release, is keenly focused on the sound the duo delivers live. There are no studio tricks or overdubs needed to display the sharp interplay between the two.
Though predominately written by Tim, a respected award-winning Nashville session guitarist and songwriter, both contribute equally to the direction of the album. “We wanted to do a record that was just one fiddle, one guitar and two voices,” Tim says. “We have similar voices and tastes. We don’t have to think too much to play together. It’s like osmosis.”
International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Tim Thompson digs deep into his musical roots, layering intricate melodies, chords and textures with his deft playing. Myles stays in step, answers or takes the lead with soaring and drifting echoes on fiddle.
Before beginning work as a duo, Tim built a reputation for his unique, intricate style, winning First Place at the prestigious Walnut Valley Festival’s “International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition,” and earning acclaim from such respected publications as Fingerstyle Guitar magazine, Taylor Guitar’s Wood & Steel magazine and Just Jazz Guitar magazine. His songs can be heard on everything from bumper music on NPR to the United Artists film Casper’s Haunted Christmas
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