"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.