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I create music and words to work through my own struggles of straddling heaven and earth. I am both confused and certain. I am both melancholic and mad. These dichotomies define who I am. They also define my music. Despite, or perhaps because of this, I know many of you find a strange type of hope in the music. The phone calls, emails, and the shoe boxes of letters I've received over the years are testimony. Perhaps you and I can share this together.
On Strong Tower I am joined by Sandin Wilson (Quarterflash, NuShooz) on bass and Bob Sable on drums. Linford Detweiler (Over the Rhine) plays piano on Twenty.
Strong Tower is a CDBaby editors pick for the Adult Alternative Pop/Rock category.
Reviews have likened my music and/or voice to the following: Tears for Fears, Simple Minds, Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music, Seal, Joy Division, Psychedelic Furs, Richard Butler and David Bowie. I appreciate these references, but decide for yourself by clicking that "play all songs" button over there on the left.
I also fronted World Theatre and Flock 14, and worked with Beki Hemingway, Yum Yum Children and Over the Rhine. So similarities exist there as well.
Tim McAllister first appeared in the eighties as the songwriter, singer and guitarist of Flock 14 and World Theatre.
Flock 14's frantic stage shows gained them a large following in their hometown, leading to three record offers. They signed with Blue Collar (Undercover, Adam Again) but the record company folded before releasing the album. Tim met executives from Graceland records while playing at the Cornerstone festival in Chicago, and the Brave New World? record was released with success as Flock 14 scored a Top 10 hit on the CCM rock charts with Your Eyes from the album.
Tim started a new project dubbed World Theatre. It was a bigger sound, moody and introspective. He invited his friend Linford Detweiler of Over the Rhine to work on the album which included appearances by Gary Egger (Human Condition), Jimmy Abegg (Vector, Charlie Peacock) and was mixed by Gene Eugene (Adam Again).
Around this time, Tim's sister was killed by a great white shark, and a friend died from AIDs, prompting him to take time from the public limelight. While not performing live, he continued to record for himself and others. Most notably, Tim recorded and co-produced the first two Over the Rhine records.
In 2007, McAllister returns with his new solo album STRONG TOWER.