New Tim Stafford album on the way

Tim Stafford - photo by Ted LehmannIn addition to the next Blue Highway CD, The Game, due January 21 on Rounder, guitarist Tim Stafford is starting a new solo project of his own today. He’ll be recording with frequent collaborators Adam Steffey on mandolin, Barry Bales on bass, and Ron Stewart on banjo and fiddle.

They will be working at Hat Creek Recording Company in Tennessee, and additional guest artists may yet be added. He is intending to handle the lead vocals himself.

Tim says that the album will consist of his songs and tunes, except for one traditional instrumental. The songs include ones he wrote on his own, and others co-written with Barry Bales, Bobby Starnes, Jon Weisberger, and Steve Gulley. For my money, Stafford is one of the most talented and insightful songwriters we have in bluegrass, and any chance to hear some new music from him is a treat.

Current plans are for Tim to release the record himself, but as he put it, “nothing has been nailed down.”

No word yet on a likely timeframe for release.

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