Tim May

Tim MayBiography

Tim May is a world-class guitarist, resophonic guitarist, and mandolinist who started out playing banjo in the family band growing up in Mississippi. Hearing Tony Rice and Dan Crary made a flat-picking guitarist convert out of him in a big way, and Tim has spent years exploring and pushing his craft.

He recently toured Japan with JOHN COWAN and has performed with PATTY LOVELESS, CHARLIE DANIELS, and EDDIE RABBIT promoting their CD projects, performed as a regular on the Grand Ole Opry in the Mike Snider Band, and recorded with CHARLIE DANIELS. Tim was the solo guitarist on “I’ll Fly Away” (from Charlie Daniels’ “Songs From the Long-Leaf Pines” album), a song nominated for a Grammy for Country Instrumental of the Year in 2005. He was one of the central performers and the primary chartist for the “Moody Bluegrass” project that married the best bluegrass instrumentalists and singers with classic Moody Blues music. He’s an accomplished songwriter and singer as well, as evidenced by his new solo CD, “Find My Way Back.”.

Tim has been a featured artist and writer for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and has regularly judged the National Flatpicking Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas. He is a popular teacher at workshops across the country, and is – with fiddling wife Gretchen Priest-May – a central figure in the group PlaidGrass. Prior to that, he spent nearly 15 years in the critically acclaimed group, Crucial Smith, which had a CD produced by PAT FLYNN.

Tim’s songs “Father Time” and “King of Babylon” appear on Pat Flynn’s latest CD, reVision. Tim is currently working as part of a band called PLAIDGRASS, which plays interesting mix of Irish, Scottish, Old Time and Bluegrass tunes – see more at www.plaidgrass.net .


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