I've known Tim Atwood longer than either one of us would like to admit ... He shouldn't be able to sing as good as he does, because most of the piano players that I know can't sing a lick...but the boy is great! --Bobby Bare Member of the Country Music Hall of Fame
As an artist Tim can do anything. He can get the crowd roused up, clapping and having a good time, and just as quick go into a ballad or a story that puts a lump in your throat, a tear in your eye and applause in your hand. You just can't help it. --Jeannie Seely Grammy Award Winner
With recent appearances on RFD-TV's Larry's Country Diner and Country Family Reunion's Another Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting, audiences understand that long time veteran of the Grand Ole Opry stage, Tim Atwood, is more than a singer—more than a pianist. Tim Atwood is an entertainer! He is the whole package: A dynamic country showman who enjoys hearing an audience laugh as much as he enjoys hearing them applaud.
Riding high on his 2017 country/gospel chart topper Let's All Go Down To The River, Tim received the 2017 Fan Favorite Award from The Genuine Country Music Association for his exceptional entertaining skills. Tim was recently named AWA Instrumentalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. An accolade that was coupled with his big win as the Reunion of Professional Entertainers 2017 Musician of the Year.
For over 30 years Tim played in the spotlight's fringe backing country music's elite on the most venerable stage in country music history—the Grand Ole Opry. Over the course of his career Tim has played the Opry stage over 8,500 times, backing thousands of country greats including Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Porter Wagoner and Little Jimmy Dickens. With his 2017 nod for R.O.P.E. Entertainer of the Year alongside Gene Watson, Jeannie Seely, Rhonda Vincent, Rex Allen, Jr. and Leona Williams, Tim has successfully made the move from playing behind his peers to taking a bow alongside them. September 2017 Tim returned to the Grand Ole Opry, center stage, as an artist. It was a career highlight for him and an absolute honor.
With a new album making its debut on June 1, 2018, Tim has show dates scheduled from Montana to Texas to Maine this year. A Tim Atwood show is high energy, country fun—filled with as many tender moments as musical romps. His performance leaves no doubt as to why he holds multiple Musician of the Year titles and why he has received nominations and praise as both an Entertainer and Male Vocalist contender.
When he's not performing his own show, Tim takes great pride in performing an intimate evening series with Grammy Award winner and Grand Ole Opry legend Jeannie Seely. Together these two artists share songs and stories from their many years in the music business. Their chemistry on stage is magic and brings the audience to their feet—every time.
Tim began his music career playing gospel music at the age of thirteen for the Harris Family, a family gospel group from Peoria, Illinois—Tim's hometown. Before settling in at the Grand Ole Opry, Tim toured with country legends Mel Street, Lynn Anderson and Jim Ed Brown where he can still be seen regularly on rebroadcasts of Jim Ed Brown's TV series Nashville On The Road. Tim's other TV credits include Opry Live, The Ralph Emery Morning Show, Nashville Now, Hee Haw, New Country, Pop Goes The Country, Country On The Gulf, The Dolly Parton Show, Country Connection, Late Night With David Letterman, The Dailey & Vincent Show, Larry's Country Diner, Country Family Reunion's Another Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting and features on both CBS and NBC national news. Tim is a regular host on the iconic Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree on WSM Radio.
Beyond the stage Tim continues to be a sought after studio musician recording with some of those same artists with whom he shared the Opry stage—artists who include Dolly Parton, Jeannie Seely, Ray Price, George Jones, Bobby Bare, Junior Brown and Charley Pride. Being able to create music for others is one of Tim's favorite things about the music business, but nothing quite compares to recording music of his own.
With two critically acclaimed albums to his credit (Buy This Piano A Drink and That Old Time Religion), Tim is excited about the upcoming release of his third album in June. His debut single from the new CD, I'll Stand Up And Say So is set to release to radio mid May. As the father to a son who served two tours in Iraq as a member of the US Army and returned to civilian life as a Purple Heart veteran, Tim understands and “feels” every word of the song he sings. He is anxious to share the song's message with country fans around the world--that we as a nation have a voice earned by the blood of the men and women who fought for this country with valor. It is our duty to stand up and speak up.
Tim stands firm in his faith in God and the love for his country and family. A devout Christian, Tim believes his gift FROM God should be his gift TO God...and so he continues to make his music with gratitude and joy.
More About Tim...
Tim was raised in a music loving household in Peoria, Illinois. As a boy he remembers watching his Uncle Tommy Atwood sing tenor for The Florida Boys—now members of The Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He knew from the first time he saw his Uncle Tommy perform that he too wanted to be an entertainer.
When Tim was thirteen years old, he started his career as a drummer for the gospel group The Harris Family. Harris Family piano man Dave Galloway taught Tim a Floyd Crammer lick on the keyboard. Tim was hooked.
At the age of eighteen, a chance encounter and a word of encouragement from Faron Young was all it took for Tim to sell his home and move to Nashville. Two weeks after arriving in Music City Tim was playing piano for Mel Street...followed by a short hitch with Lynn Anderson...and three years on the road with Jim Ed Brown.
It was during that time that piano great Jerry Whitehurst took an interest in Tim as a player...Tim began to sub for Jerry on The Grand Ole Opry which lead to a full time position playing piano on The Opry...a run that lasted almost forty years.
Buy This Piano A Drink was Tim's first CD showcasing his own talents as an artist. He has since released his first gospel album That Old Time Religion on i2i Records, returning to the gospel roots of his youth.
Tim Atwood's upbeat persona draws his audience in. His musical style, song selections and quick wit make us smile, and it's hard not to sing a long whenever he performs. He knows how to entertain and has a voice that's been hidden for way too long. Sing, Tim! Sing! --Vicki & David Kunetka Katy, Texas
I watched Tim play piano on The Grand Ole Opry stage for over 30 years, until recently, I never knew HE was the entertainer to watch. Great show, Tim, and I'm loving your music. --Jerry Thomas San Diego, CA
I've paid a lot more for a lot less entertainment. We left the theater feeling so good. Just had to write and thank you for one of the most enjoyable nights we've shared in a very long time. Please let us know when you play the Missouri area again. We'll be the ones on the front row. We might need to buy another one of your CDs. We're wearing this one out! --Larry & Vickie Hurst Raymore, Missouri