Timmy The Teeth

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American Fork, Utah. That's the hometown of Timmy the Teeth, a self-described "wonky-tonk" songwriter whose music — a blend of story-based folk and off-kilter Americana, shot through with equal parts honesty and humor — echoes his city's mix of rural charm and city smarts.

After logging nearly a half-decade as the touring drummer for Joshua James, Timmy kicked off his solo career with 2015's Just Another Day. The album became a regional hit, reestablishing Timmy not only as an instrumentalist, but as a frontman, too. Two years later, the follow-up record Ain't That Bad doubles down on his reputation as a first-rate songwriter, with 11 new songs that find Timmy taking stock of love, life, and all points in between.  

Ain't That Bad was co-produced by Timmy and Joshua James. Neighbors as well as bandmates, the two tracked the album at James' home studio in American Fork. Sessions lasted one week, with an emphasis on live vocal takes and natural-sounding arrangements. 

"I've always liked a organic, raw sound," Timmy explains. "Josh has a really good ear for capturing that vibe. Also, he lives just down the street, so the whole experience felt like I was home."

There's a laid-back swagger to Ain't That Bad, whose songs were written by Timmy and decorated with acoustic guitar, pedal steel, piano, and harmonica. "Jewelry Box" nods to his side-job as a woodworker, while "Dollar Daze" finds him mixing the twang of his voice with the buzz of a synthesizer riff. He pulls double-duty as the album's drummer, too, stomping his way through the fuzzed-out rock song "Till It's Gone" before driving songs like "Hoot Hoot" — a nostalgic, countryfied tribute to his grandmother — forward at cruising speed.

Speaking of driving, Timmy knows a thing or two about sitting behind the wheel. Having spent years in the van with Joshua James, he's now traveling the country on his own tours, opening up for songwriters like American Aquarium frontman B.J. Barham, Imagine Dragon's Dan Reynolds, and Damian Jurado along the way. With Ain't That Bad, he's exploring new territory, delivering positive-minded, roots-driven music with a wink. 

 

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