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Timbuk3 / Bio


T-shirts are a one of a kind custom image of the ORIGINAL TIMBUK3 BOOMBOX which now resides in THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. Shirts are all high quality and collectable.

Also available now from the STORE page are many of pat's recent solo CD's, the rare Timbuk3 Espace Ornano CD and several CD offerings from some of pat's featured artists from his annual Steel Bridge Songfest. Bundle ordering insures discounted shipping rates!

From pat mAcdonald in early 2011: "I'd been a fan of Austin music since the early seventies, starting with Asleep at the Wheel, Kinky Friedman, Townes Van Zandt, and that whole singer/songwriter scene happening around the Armadillo World Headquarters. By the time the eighties rolled around, i wasn't much into the "Cosmic Cowboy" stuff anymore, but bands like Dan Del Santo & His Professors of Pleasure, Joe King Carrasco, and various other anomalies started re-sparking my interest in Austin. When i saw Rank and File on Austin City Limits in 1983, i thought, "Wow, Austin is getting really cool!"

When one too many Wisconsin winters took its final toll, Barbara (my wife at the time) and i decided to buy a boom box and move south. Having busked in NYC, we figured we could survive in a warmer climate year round playing on the street. Austin and New Orleans were the options we were considering. Austin won (or lost, depending on who you ask) and we moved to a campground outside the Austin city limits until we were able to find a good cheap rental in town.

We busked in Austin only once - the bars immediately proved more accommodating. If we were going to play for tips, we might as well get free drinks as part of the deal. We did okay passing the hat - Barbara would go out into the audience with tip jar while i kept playing. People seemed to like us, though not everyone liked the boom box. In those days (before the Texas S&L crash and subsequent federal bailout), you'd see proud Texans in pickup trucks sporting bumper stickers saying, "Secede!" Not only were we a kind of techno abomination, we were also "Yankees" - and the sentiment was not restricted to rednecks in pickups. In those days, playing Austin City Limits seemed as unlikely as weathering another winter in Wisconsin.

Finding a foothold and a following in Austin wasn't easy. We weren't immediately embraced by the hipster proponents of Austin's emerging "New Sincerity" movement, and there was a purist element among the more traditional singer/songwriters that hated the boom box. But everybody said we had good songs, and the traditional scene - at least its fringes - embraced us first. Our first champion in that camp was an outcast himself - he'd been banned from most bars we wanted to play in. He'd even been kicked out of The Austin Outhouse, a place where dogs sometimes outnumbered humans (mostly hippies and bikers), but the Outhouse always welcomed Blaze back in. Blaze Foley's songs and picking had earned him some big fans among the regulars, and he had garnered enough clout to get us our first paying gig there. He also persuaded all his friends to come to the show.

Two years later, we were playing secret shows under fake names and packing bars Blaze was forbidden to enter. One was The Hole in the Wall, located across the street from the U.T. Communications Building, home of Austin City Limits. We played there as "Fred and Wilma" and Blaze opened the show. Two years later when we crossed the street, Blaze was there in the Austin City Limits studio audience."

TIMBUK3, best known for their hit song "The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades," enjoyed Top 40 radio success, resulting in multi-album recording contracts, television appearances, magazine features and International touring.

In 1987, TIMBUK3 received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Their unforgettable video was nominated for MTV`s Best New Artist Video. Television appearances included Saturday Night Live, Late Night With Conan Obrien, Austin City Limits, MTV and Solid Gold, among others.

Besides headlining their own shows around the world, TIMBUK3 opened for Bob Dylan, Sting, Bonnie Rait Jackson Browne, James Brown and others. Commander William Walker of NASA's space shuttle Endeavor played Timbuk3's music in outer space - the highest rotation an earth-bound artist can achieve.

Timbuk3 disbanded in 1996. Six years later they were inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame.

General Info

Band Members
pat mAcdonald Barbara Kooyman
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Alternative / Folk Rock / Electronica

Contact Info

Sturgeon Bay, WI

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