Tim Eriksen, internationally acclaimed singer and ethnomusicologist, joins the cast of harmony singers representing characters on our new album, West.
I first heard Tim in the film Cold Mountain. The "I Wish My Baby Was Born" scene stuck with me and Tim became one of the bigger influences on The Restoration's first album, Constance. After bringing Tim to SC for shows in 2010 and 2013 we're thrilled to finally collaborate with him on a record.
Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto - a twelve string Mexican acoustic bass - creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound.
Called "one of the best singers in music" by T Bone Burnett, Tim Eriksen is the only musician to have shared the stage with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson, and his media appearances have ranged from Prairie Home Companion to the Academy Awards.
Having graduated from early shows at punk mecca CBGB, Tim's more recent performances have included his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Even Chambers' symphonic work "The Old Burying Ground" and two week-long stints at the Blue Note Jazz Club with Omar Sosa. In the studio, he has worked with producers including Joe Boyd, T-Bone Burnett and Steve Albini.