#198 - From Broadway, to Broadway, and Television Too


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What happens when you mix together a Jazz musician, Bluegrass performer, and songwriter / performer for a major television show? While you’re at it, throw in spending time on the boards of Broadway (NYC), Lower Broadway (Nashville), along with being on the road with one of the Rock N’ Roll industry’s legends, and you get singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Tim McDonald. On this episode of The Business Side of Music, we talk to Tim, discussing his career, how he broke in to getting a gig on the hit ABC television show “Nashville”, wound up on the road with Rick Derringer, and has created 11 albums in his short career, many of different genres including Bluegrass and Jazz.

Tim is a former United States Army Veteran as a Staff SGt graduating with honors from the Armed Forces School of Music, and performed in two New York Broadway musicals: “Aida”, and “The Producers”.

Tim moved to Nashville, TN as a session artist, and commenced a focused effort as a singer songwriter and pianist. Tim is currently touring the world with his Country and Jazz bands. When he's not doing that, he tours with legendary rock guitarist Rick Derringer.

Tim has also toured with Blake Shelton, Hank Williams Jr, Olivia Newton-John, Pam Tillis, Mark Chesnutt, Josh Gracin, Buddy Jewell and Steve Holy. Additionally Tim has also had the honor to perform with guitar studio legend and artist Larry Carlton

Tim can also be seen on the big screen in 4 seasons of the ABC series "Nashville" as keyboardist for Luke Wheeler, Every Other Holiday as a choir pianist, and Patsy and Loretta Forever as Pianist for Loretta Lynn.

Tim's original songs are also included in Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" and several movies including "A Perfect Fit".

Tim has 11 albums including 5 Country albums, 4 Jazz albums, including his latest releases on his 10th record suitably called "10" and his pandemic bluegrass record titled "Highland County".

McDonald was also recently nominated for the Kentucky Musicians Hall of Fame.

Music heard on this episode:

Song: “Spankin’ Bottom Red”

From the Album: 10

Songwriter(s): Tim McDonald

Song: “Hot Chicken”

From the Album: 10

Songwriter(s): Tim McDonald / Michael Tebrinke

Song: “Tyburn Tree”

From the Album: Highland County

Songwriter(s): Tim McDonald

Song: “John Henry Butler”

From the Album: Highland County

Songwriter(s): Tim McDonald


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