"Blessed with an exquisite ear, superlative-creating touch and technique, and a nuanced sense of taste, no one in bluegrass has ever made the guitar sound better than Tim Stafford..." David J. McCarty, Bluegrass Unlimited, February 2018
This is the official website for guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and author Tim Stafford. You can find merch, including downloads and physical copies of all my solo and duet projects, plus instructional material, as well as the critically-acclaimed biography of Tony Rice: Still Inside, the Tony Rice Story. Also lyrics, news, schedule, photos, Blog and much more. Blue Highway dates and information here.
Grammy Award-winning guitarist, songwriter, author and singer, two-time IBMA Songwriter of the Year, former member of Alison Krauss and Union Station, and founding member of celebrated Bluegrass group Blue Highway. Co-author of Tony Rice's authorized biography, "Still Inside," winner of over 30 IBMA and SPBGMA awards as well as a Dove Award.
TIM STAFFORD & THOMM JUTZ EXCAVATE THE STORIES OF APPALACHIA ON ‘LOST VOICES’
“…sense of sympathetic storytelling indeed shapes most of Lost Voice’s 14 tales, from a barnstorming Black baseball team in the Appalachian foothills to the region’s amateur physicians and midwives who healed with home remedies passed among generations and neighbors. Lost Voices is a thematically sprawling bluegrass record, reaching across multiple decades, disparate traditions, and far-flung regions to offer cautionary and sometimes complicated accounts alongside songs of hopeful redemption. Think of it as Howard Zinn’s hidden American histories meets Wilma Dykeman’s ethnographic Appalachian books, bound by unfailingly poised melodies…”
NEW SINGLE!!! Blue Highway is proud to announce its new single, "Lonesome State of Mind" is now available everywhere music is streamed. The song, written by Tim Stafford and Bobby Starnes, is a classic banjo-driven bluegrass heartache number featuring Wayne Taylor on lead vocal, great solos from Jason Burleson, Gary Hultman and Shawn Lane and a classic Wayne/Shawn duet! #1 Nationwide on Bluegrass Today's Monthly Airplay Chart for February 2023!! Have a listen here.
Tim Stafford & Thomm Jutz are proud to announce a new single from their 2023 release "Lost Voices" on Mountain Fever Records! "No Witness in the Laurel but the Leaves" is a tale of mountain feuding featuring Ron Block on banjo, Tammy Rogers on fiddle, Mark Fain on acoustic bass and Shaun Richardson on mandolin. This single follows their highly successful premiere release from the record, "Take That Shot," which is still in rotation on Sirius radio's Bluegrass Junction. You can download "No Witness" here.
Blue Highway and the town of Big Stone Gap, VA are proud to announce The first annual BLUE HIGHWAY FEST, October 6-8, 2022 at Bullitt Park in Big Stone Gap, VA. CHECK OUT THIS LINEUP: Blue Highway, Sam Bush Band, Tommy Emmanuel, The Earls of Leicester Featuring Jerry Douglas, Dan Tyminski Band, Darrell Scott, Travelin' McCourys, Scythian, Sierra Hull Band, Seldom Scene, Balsam Range, Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Ed Snodderly, Carson Peters and Iron Mountain, Beth Snapp. More info: https://bluehighwayfest.com/
On-site camping (RVs and tents), On-site food vendors, Craft brews... Children under 12 FREE!
Come join us this Fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia on the Trail of the Lonesome Pine, to celebrate the rich heritage of Bluegrass and Roots music, food and culture, with Blue Highway and their friends!
Words really can't express the gratitude I feel for these two honors at the 2021 IBMA awards: Liner Notes of the Year for the reissue of Tony Rice's great California Autumn record on Rebel, and co-winner of Gospel Recorded Performance for In the Resurrection Morning by Sacred Réunion, featuring me, Doyle Lawson, Vince Gill, Mark Wheeler, Barry Abernathy, Jim Van Cleve, and the late Phil Leadbetter and Jason Moore. The first was, of course, an honor for me to do since I literally cut my teeth on Tony's record and in light of his passing last year... The second was a tribute to my late co-writer and brotherman Steve Gulley. The influence of these two guys will live on for a long, long time, and I dedicate the awards in their memory. Thanks so much to everyone who voted. Tim