• Winner of 13 Grammys to play DownEast Saloon
By Sean Pearson
While Dan Tyminski may be best known as the artist who remade and sang the title song “Man of Constant Sorrow” for “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” his 13 grammy awards are certainly nothing to dismiss.
Tyminski’s updated version of the song won the 2001 Country Music Award for best single, as well as a Grammy for best Country Collaboration with vocals.
Tyminski was born June 20, 1967 and plays a bluegrass style that blends traditional and pop. He is a bluegrass composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist and member of the band Alison Krauss and Union Station. He also released a solo album entitled “Carry Me Across the Mountain” in 2000.
Before becoming a member of Union Station in 1994, Tyminski played mandolin and sang in the Lonesome River Band. He credits his brother Stan with getting him hooked on the guitar and mandolin at the age of 6. While Stan was in the Navy and home on leave, he left his mandolin with his younger brother.
While in high school Tyminski and his brother formed a band called Green Mountain Bluegrass in which Dan played the banjo for nearly five years. In fact, Tyminski said he was primarily a banjo player from the time he was 12 until he was in his early twenties. Then, via word of mouth, he was asked to join the Lonesome River Band.
“We ended up playing some shows at the same venue and when the position came up for a musician, one of the guys in the band recommended that they give me a call,” Tyminski said of his signing on with the band.
Tyminski attributes his love for traditional bluegrass to such musicians and singers as Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Larry Sparks and Jimmy Martin.
In July 2009 the Martin Guitar Company issued — as part of their Custom Artist Series a D28 Dreadnought acoustic guitar in recognition of Dan’s life devoted to performing bluegrass and old-time music. The guitar named Martin D-28 Dan Tyminski Custom Edition, is issued with its own distinctive details to appeal to flatpickers.
Dan is married to Elise with three children, Kathryn, Chris, and John.
Dan Tyminski has now formed his own group, the Dan Tyminski Band. The ensemble features Tyminski on guitar, Ron Stewart on banjo, Adam Steffey on mandolin, Justin Moses on fiddle and Dobro, and Barry Bales on upright bass. An album, entitled “Wheels,” was released on Rounder Records in June of 2008.
With the release of “Wheels,” Tyminski delivers a superb project accentuated by the inimitable talent of his band – Barry Bales, bass; Justin Moses, fiddle and Dobro; Adam Steffey, mandolin; Ron Stewart, banjo and fiddle. Combining a sophisticated, modern sound with Tyminski’s hallmark, searing intensity, Wheels features a powerful set of songs dealing with conflict, transition, heartbreak, and the lessons of life – all delivered with timeless soul from one of the great voices of contemporary bluegrass.
Tyminski will hit the stage at the DownEast next Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The Down East is also offering a special deal: with the purchase of four tickets, a designated driver gets free entrance.
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