As Crosby, Stills and Nash once said, "It's been a long time coming."
This means it's been a long time since Tim first picked up the guitar at Mansfield State, in Mansfield, Pa.,until now, having moved from the east coast to the west and the red rocks of Arizona. Mansfield is where Tim earned his B.A. and began writing songs.Graduation was in June of 1971.
Born and raised in Easton, Pa., Mansfield was the first in a successful run of escape routes, including thereafter, the Poconos, Middletown, Pa., back to Easton and then a life changing run in New York City. Manhattan to be exact. In New York Tim worked as a professional actor, bartender, file clerk, waiter, busboy, manager of the Figaro Cafe and bar manager with a company who ran the concessions in all the Shubert houses on Broadway.
Tim cut his teeth in the music business in New York. He constructed, created and fronted a half dozen rock bands, recorded countless demos, a vinyl EP, and many live recordings.There were lightning brushes of recognition with Spin magazine, college radio, and radio stations in France and Germany.
In those days Tim's bands performed all over downtown Manhattan, including CBGB, Downtown Beirut, The Bitter End, Pyramid Club and McGovern's Pub.There was also an amazing watering hole of a joint in midtown in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater, known as McGee's, before Letterman moved in and it all changed. At McGee's during 1989 -1990 the Tim Young Ensemble, played to solid sold out houses.
In 2002 Tim formed a new label to release his music on. Not Fade Away began with the Instrumental release, No Stranger. Then in 2005 he released Red, a storied collection of songs crafted from so many personal New York experiences. In 2008, Tim traveled to Detroit, to record a new batch of tunes which became known as The Cost.
In 2013, opportunity knocked and so the stage was set for the move from New York to Arizona. As Tim's focus on performing changed from band situations to solo, he found a new studio to record Not Fade Away's fourth release, Live, aka Life of a Song. This is the new record, divided up into five separate EP's.Twenty-two new songs in all. All recorded live in the studio. Voice and guitar.
My brand new jacket when I was five.
Here's two shots, my neighborhood in Arizona and neighborhood in New York.