If you followed the path that independent recording artist Daniel Glen Timms has taken since he first picked up a guitar at age 14, the journey would seem like a trip through the heart and soul of American music. Never satisfied to be pigeon-holed into one genre of music, he explored, absorbed, blended and simmered in the sounds of his early years as a performer and musician in Louisiana to his long stay in California and now more recent years in Nashville. The singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer seems to flourish when he has the freedom to take all of the ingredients of his influences and create his own style that he has nurtured for over three decades, since he first strummed that first chord as a boy in the Mississippi Delta. Not unlike his tasty gumbo that he cooks so well, his music reveals a sound that melts into a rich, flavorful and a profound musical experience.
From jamming with his friends in the garage as an early teen and his first professional band at age 19, Daniel has performed in coffee houses, bars, the streets of Europe, festivals and has appeared on numerous radio stations throughout his life of playing as a solo artist, in bands and promoting his independently released records on his label Blue Earth Records, which he formed in 1998. With his last album release in 2008, the music was played on more than 200 commercial and Americana radio stations around the world, including heavy rotation at many stations. With each release DGT's audience is expanding and the foundation has been set for his newest release to rise to the top.
With his newest record, Life's An Illusion, you can hear an artist that has arrived at a place of mastery of his instrument, the studio and the song. The heartbreaks, regressions, reflections and redemption of this American songwriter are not lost in the commercial sensibilities of the new album that is old school in its sound but timeless in its feeling. Life's An Illusion is a 10-song album by an artist nurtured in the sounds of the 70's, yet like any pure music, rings with truth and clarity of the present. Daniel Glen Timms is a poster child of the independent artist movement, who has never given up on his dream and taught himself how to produce his own records, design his own albums and release his music on his own label, while expanding his audience throughout the world.
As if all of this weren't interesting enough, there is another fascinating and unusual aspect to this musician's story. The many unique experiences he has had working at a number of interesting occupations over the years. Daniel has worked at many unusual jobs throughout his life, including as an environmental geologist, an oil well drilling engineer, hazmat cleanups, delivery truck driver and as an EKG technician in emergency rooms and intensive care units. Through all of these experiences, music has always been the focus of this fiercely independent artist. Daniel is not the kind to wait around for someone else to give him a break, even if it included working two jobs for seven days a week for many years, in order to produce and release his own records.
The deep, rich and human experiences this independent artist has undoubtedly absorbed by working in these areas, has brought a unique perspective to this American-born singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer. These stories and insights seem to ooze from his material, which vibrates with a high level of musicianship, poetic lyrics and accomplished tonal qualities. If you dig down to the roots of this artist, the lyrics and emotions seem to come alive with authenticity.
Daniel is the kind of artist that people tend to root for, when they see how long and hard he has worked to create this body of work as a recording artist. With the internet leveling the playing field, there are many mature and gifted artists like this musician that are breaking through based on merit and music alone. If you haven't caught on to this masterful artist's music yet, listen to the CDs on a great pair of speakers, and you will hear what many of his press reviews and fans have been raving about for years.