Monday, May 27, 2013

Tim Hockenberry

Earlier this May, artist Tim Hockenberry visited the studio to record some new material. A high-caliber session full of big-name musicians including Matt Chamberlain (drums), Nolan Gasser (Grand Piano, Hammond B3, Rhodes), Sebastian Steinberg (upright bass), Ryan Lerman (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin), and of course, Tim Hockenberry himself (lead/background vocals, grand piano, electric piano, rhodes). This session was engineered by Oz Fritz, who was assisted by Matt Wright and Travis Strain. Fritz was also responsible for mixing, alongside Mark "Mooka" Rennick and Nolan Gasser, both producing. 

(From left to right): Oz Fritz, Tim Hockenberry, Nolan Gasser, and Mark "Mooka" Rennick in Studio C

A semi-finalist in America's Got Talent and featured lead vocalist for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Tim Hockenberry has been an active participant in the Bay Area's music scene for nearly twenty years. Already an accomplished trombonist, he moved back to Northern California in the early 90's and began teaching himself piano. Often compared to Ray Charles and Tom Waits, Hockenberry's soulful voice retains a natural quality that is both contemplative and expressive. He has performed over a hundred live shows with the Mickey Hart band as the frontman and keyboardist, and can be enjoyed at some of the most sought-after venues in the Bay Area. Tim now lives back in his hometown of Mill Valley with his four children and continues to produce and perform new material. Keep an eye (and ear) out for his next album. 

(above) Tim Hockenberry in the legendary "Waits Room". 

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