Listening to a set of songs form singer/songwriter Tim Dabbs is like a visit with an old friend. Tim's down to earth songs will take you on a journey—sailing the clear waters of the North Country, down Pennsylvania Highways, and out to the mystical ruins of the Anasazi at Mesa Verde. He'll also take you on a journey through his heart, with love songs and ballads. Tim's fingerstyle guitar playing is a style that is very much his own—a product of over 25 years playing teaching, and performing acoustic music. His melodic playing style adds a welcome backdrop to his tenor voice, and is well suited for the topical songs and tender ballads that make up his repertoire.

Tim has opened for some well-known artists on the contemporary folk circuit, including David Mallet, Tom May, Erica Wheeler and Michael McNevin. In 1997, Tim aired a one-hour special of interview and music for National Public Radio's River City Folk. Tim was invited to contribute to a tribute album for Gordon Lightfoot, an international collaboration that was produced by Wayne Francis of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Tim's most recent project was contributing four songs to Legacy, a fundraising tribute album to the late John Denver. Tim performed at the release concert in Aspen, Colorado in the fall of 1998, to a standing-room only crowd at the Hotel Jerome. All proceeds from the album go to the Plant-It 2000 foundation, for the planting of indigenous trees.

Tim cites Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver, and Harry Chapin as influences on his writing and performing style. Tim writes in the topical style much of the time, reminiscent of Lightfoot or Chapin. He has mastered the story song; this is evident in "The Day the Rumors Came True," a haunting tale of the infamous Johnstown Flood of 1889. The song has been accepted into the archives of the National Flood Monument and Johnstown Flood Museum, and remains one of Tim's more popular songs on the Midwest folk circuit where he performs.

Tim often performs with his wife, Amy, an accomplished musician in her own right, with a degree in Flute Performance. Amy joins Tim in live performances on the flute, piccolo, guitar and mandolin. Tim and Amy released Michigan Christmas in 1991,and are currently working on a new release of holiday music for the 1999 season.

Juniper Light is the debut CD from Tim Dabbs, an independent release on the Hands & Harmony label. The album is primarily original music, with covers by Steve Goodman, David Mallet and Clint Black. It is a scrapbook of Tim's travels, passions and musical influences.

What others have said...

--A songwriting talent to watch—Dirty Linen Magazine

-- Tim is a very talented songwriter writing in the tradition of Stan Rogers and Gordon Lightfoot, and people who actually write about real events and real places—,Tom May, Host of National Public Radio's River City Folk

Tim will be performing at our JD Celebration Friday evening. Hope you all can be there!!