"STILL HERE," the first single on Mountain Home from Steve Gulley & Tim released June 26, 2020!
Arden, North Carolina (June 26, 2020) — For their first Mountain Home Music Company single, ace songwriting colleagues Steve Gulley and Tim Stafford have chosen “Still Here,” a bleak yet ultimately poignant portrait of a man trapped in a life away from the only place he feels at home.
“I love the money but I hate this town / Every day I’m here just wears me down,” Gulley sings in weary tones, as the song shifts from its hushed, moody opening feel into the solid bluegrass rhythms of the first chorus and its downcast conclusion: “Costs me more than this place will ever give me / But here I am...still here.”
With a searing fiddle solo by ace studio musician Ron Stewart (who also contributes banjo) that perfectly captures the narrator’s mingled bitterness and resignation over Stafford’s muscular, mournful guitar rhythms, bassist Barry Bales’ steady pulse and the brisk groove of mandolinist Thomas Cassell (Circus No.9), “Still Here” offers a polished, musically sophisticated yet viscerally emotional reading that serves to reintroduce the duo in their first joint project in a decade. Both men are renowned performers in their own rights — Gulley as an esteemed singer and hitmaker with his own Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle, Stafford as a founding member of Blue Highway and an influential guitarist — but have only one previous recording together to their credit, 2010’s Dogwood Winter.
"This is one man's regret at living so long somewhere he didn't want to be,” says Stafford of “Still Here.” “And despite everything he's endured, including his homesickness for Appalachia. But I think it can be generalized to anyone who feels out of place.”
“I think a lot of people can relate to the story in the song,” adds Gulley. “Most all of us have had times when we've felt out of place and missed home. I know I have.”
And circling back to the title, Stafford concludes, “Despite it all, he's still here."
Listen to “Still Here” HERE.
"BOTH ENDS OF THE TRAIN" NOMINATED FOR IBMA SONG OF THE YEAR!! The first song from Somewhere Far Away was written by Tim and Steve Gulley. The IBMA Awards will be held virtually on Oct. 1!
TIM AND STEVE GULLEY'S "BOTH ENDS OF THE TRAIN" #1 ON BOTH BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED AND ROOTS MUSIC REPORT CHARTS! The first song from Blue Highway's critically-acclaimed Rounder album, "Somewhere Far Away," has topped multiple charts at #1, and we're honored it has risen to top of the acclaimed BU Chart for March 2020! "Somewhere Far Away" is also #2 on March 2020's BU Album Chart! #BlueHighway25
DAVID J. MCCARTY REVIEW OF "ACOUSTIC GUITAR" IN BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED, FEBRUARY 2018
TIM NAMED 2017 IBMA SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR! Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, Raleigh, NC... Tim received his second IBMA Songwriter of the Year award (first in 2014) at the Special Awards Luncheon at the IBMA World of Bluegrass.
NEW TIM STAFFORD GUITAR RECORD AVAILABLE NOW!!
Tim's latest record, "Acoustic Guitar," is now available. 18 cuts, 13 original instrumentals, 10 solo guitar, 5 duets, 2 trios, 1 vocal (featuring Tim Shelton)... FEATURING: Stuart Duncan, Dave Eggar, Adam Steffey, Tim Shelton, John Gardner, Gaven Largent, Daniel Salyer... And the new song from Bobby Starnes and Tim, "I Am America."
"A modern classic of great tone, tunes, and technique, this album is not to be missed..." David J. McCarty, Bluegrass Unlimited, February 2018
Justin Moses (#009, Dec. 5, 2015)
Tim was featured in a cover story by Dan Miller in Flatpicking Guitar magazine's March-April 2016 issue (Volume 20, No. 3). Sadly, FGM is in its final year of publication, and has decided to "catch up" with artists profiled earlier in the magazine's history, including Tim, Jim Hurst, Bryan Sutton and Kenny Smith. Tim was originally featured in the January/February 2001 issue of the magazine (Volume 5, No. 2). Both issues are available on the FGM website (click photo).