3505 Pacific Ave. Forest Grove, OR, 97116
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Grand Lodge - Garage Door
7 - 9 pm
All ages welcome
7 - 9 pm Free All ages welcome
Timothy James is fast making a name for himself not only in
the Portland area, but in the music community. This 17-year-old guitar slinger
is known for being able to hold his own with seasoned musicians five times his
At the tender age of nine years old, when most 3rd graders
are worried about being picked first for a ballgame and watching the clock for
when school is out, Timothy was watching his father play guitar. Now in his teens, he’s the first on many people’s
minds when it comes to the new face of the blues, following in the footsteps of
such young greats as Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
?Timothy was born in March of 2002 and lives in the small
town Mulino, Oregon with his parents and sister, just outside the Portland
Metro area. While growing up in a small Oregon town, Timothy was accustomed to
jam sessions where his father and friends would get together regularly to play
music. He was enrolled in piano lessons for a couple of years at an early age,
but never seemed very inspired by piano. His parents also co-hosted the annual
Mulino Blues Festival.
It was during rehearsals for the MBF one year that Timothy
said, “I want to do a song with you dad!” That was in 2011 and while he had
learned some chords and strumming, it was that performance of Knocking on
Heaven’s Door that really got him hooked.
He continued to learn more and more about all things guitar and music
and the next year got up solo and played two songs to an amazed crowd.
Over the next several years, Timothy attended local open
mics and jam sessions honing his skills and learning new ones from the many
seasoned players he was jamming with.
It wasn’t long before his skills on the guitar had surpassed the Old
Man’s so his dad hired a multi-instrumental teacher, Ken Brewer, to take him to
the next level. He soon moved on to
learn the Jazz Standards and improvisational techniques from Timmer
Blakely. Timothy began to get noticed by
other working musicians at the jams and before long he was being invited as a
guest player for several paying gigs.
It was in 2016 that the family joined the Cascade Blues
Association to sign Timothy up for the Journey to Memphis competition with the
goal of playing during the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee,
a renowned contest that brings acts from around the world. Timothy was selected
as the 2016 Youth Representative and competed in Memphis in February, 2017.
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