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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 1/10 – Tim Fast / Hailey Joy
January 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Hailey Joy is an 18 year old singer-songwriter based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Ever since she was young she has been intrigued with music. She loves to write and express her emotions with the hope that someone can relate to the lyrics she’s singing. Hailey Joy is full of life and is always seeking adventure or a good conversation with anybody! She hopes to communicate through her country, singer-songwriter music that there can be JOY found, not just in the good moments of life, but also amidst the pain! She also just put out her first EP that’s on all music platforms called “From The Heart.”
Tim Fast could be a character in one of the gems-of-a-song he writes and sings. He’s a dust-covered man who has traveled the roads in search of whatever song is over the next rise. That sense of adventure has given him a catalog of great original songs that have touched audiences from coast to coast and all the way from his native Minnesota down to the Texas Gulf Coast.
“I know how to write a good song and know when it works but in the end, the audience lets me know,” Tim says as his hands cradle a cup of coffee. A line like that might sound boastful coming from most people, but Tim is too disarming to come off that way.
Tim taught himself to play guitar at a young age (he still doesn’t read music) and his first guitar was a Silvertone his parents bought him after he tried building his own guitar after seeing the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show” when he was 8. He counts the late Chicago singer-songwriter Steve Goodman as one of his biggest early influences. After seeing Goodman perform in Minneapolis in 1975, Tim decided, “That’s what I wanted to do the rest of my life.” From then on, his life was about music.
In pursuit of that dream, he traveled roads that gave him a breadth of experience and would serve him well when he decided to become a full-time troubadour. He worked on crab boats out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, fabricated sheet metal, inspector for the Department of Food and Agriculture of California and worked as a stonemason. Woody Guthrie once advised, “All you can write is what you see,” and Tim let the characters he met and the roads he ambled tell the stories in his songs. “Many of my songs are about life’s experiences because the best songs come from what you know best,” he said. He’s told those stories on four well-received albums — the self-titled Tim Fast in 2003, followed by Starlite Drive-In in 2007, Crooked Door, released in 2011 and long time coming 2023 new release Under Your Moon. It’s no surprise he has 14 award winning songs amongst his collection. Tim has a dazzling repertoire of original songs that leave people humming and thinking — and ready to join him on his journey to see what’s over the next rise.