Tim Grimm | Holding Up The World

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Holding Up The World

by Tim Grimm

Roots-based. Mostly acoustic from the heart of the Midwest. One of the best storytelling songwriters in America.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Holding Up the World
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2. The Girl
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3. Krista
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4. Rebecca Versailles
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5. Or Bust
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6. So It Goes
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7. Long Way Around
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8. This Hole
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9. Heart So Full
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10. Blowin in the Wind
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Holding Up The World” is the fifth solo release by Tim Grimm in this past decade. Like the others preceding it, this recording is flavored by it’s rural Midwest birthplace. Grimm knows this part of the country well, it’s terrain and it’s people. The production is simple and familiar to those who are aware of Grimm’s body of work. He records his songs “live” with guitar and vocal, and then layers instruments and voices to suit the song. Occasionally, he’ll use a full “roots” band, but on this recording it’s usually more stark.

Utilizing his good friend Jason Wilber (John Prine Band) on electric guitar, banjo and on one track, piano, Grimm draws the listener in with his well-crafted story songs. Most of the players hail from Indiana—Corazong artist, Kristta Detor, Jan Lucas, Jennie Devoe and others. Thematically, “Holding Up The World” is a further examination of what it means to be human—in this case at the core of the songs are anguish, uncertainty, and yearning. There runs through these songs the thread that we all carry burdens with us—physical, emotional and spiritual. Musings on the notion of God returning to the earth and living amongst us. Flood victims dealing with their devastation and a love that holds them together.

A former slave escaping the south in the mid 1800’s with her children…Okies making their way out of the dust bowl in the 1940’s…A elderly farmer lamenting the loss of the family farm (his own and in the bigger picture, Midwest America’s)…An American veteran just back from Iraq, coming to grips with where he has been and what he has done…These are some of the tales that Grimm tells on this record. They are in some ways a mirror of our humanity told through the lens of a very thoughtful and empathetic Americana storyteller.


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Dawn Bush

Holding Up the World
Classic Tim Grimm! Holding Up the World feels like its based on the real life emotions we all feel as we mature and gain responsibility for the lives of those we love, especially those in crises. Rebecca Versailles is one of the best story songs I have heard. From a college student in the 60's its always great to hear Blowin in the Wind. Tim has become a better and better song writer as he has experienced some of the pain that real life brings on. Congratulations!

Bob Brown

WNMC, Traverse City, MI
"Absolutely one of the best albums I have heard. If Woody Guthrie were alive he would be wanting to go hear Tim live... An outstanding album."

Cary Allen Fields

Holding Up The World
Tim Grimm's formidable body of work is a staple of both "The Fields Of Bluegrass Radio Hour" and "The Free Zone" on WICR here in Indianapolis, his loyal following wouldn't have it any other way.
With songs chock full of engaging characters, humor, truth, wisdom, and drama, "Holding Up The World" is possibly his best to date. Mr. Grimm knows how to tell a story in song.
We'll be spinning this one on WICR until the centrifugal force sends the songs careening to the outer edges of the disc!