Athlete, Musician, Traveler, Coach, Leader, Seeker. Tim Flannery has done some pretty cool things in his life. He has been a major league baseball player for the San Diego Padres, major league 3rd base coach for the 2 time World Series champion San Francisco Giants, repeatedly crisscrossed the U.S. in his ongoing travels and surfed the waves of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. If you look up the word “driven” in the dictionary, you might see his picture. He leads a life of purpose.
Nothing is cooler and more exciting to us than his music. He is an accomplished singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist who has received accolades from Garth Brooks and others. He has shared stages with some of the biggest names in music like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead. He hangs out with the biggest names in the music and sports world but he is completely at home with regular folks. His original music combines several styles but always includes the Celtic background of his ancestors and the Americana music of today. You can hear the influences of Townes Van Zant and Gram Parsons. There is pain and searching, but like Tim himself, there is always a resolution of hope and love. That is what the man is all about. He obviously has the discipline and leadership traits from years in the sports world. But he has a well developed artistic side, honed from a lifetime of writing songs and looking at life from a spiritual and carefully observant viewpoint.
His latest CD release, titled “The Restless Kind”, stacks up with the best of today’s Americana releases. It is his 10th album in 15 years. The CD is named after the tour de force song “The Restless Kind”. The line “say a prayer for the restless kind” is one we can all share and appreciate. We need the restless kind in our world to keep riding the artistic and musical edge like a surfer riding a wave. Artists who yearn to seek, question, understand and express. And, hopefully, think of others in the process. That’s what Tim does. Thank goodness for the restless kind.
He has a DVD filmed at the Uptown Theatre in Napa CA which was a Benefit for the Bryan Stow Foundation to support the San Francisco baseball fan whose life was changed after a brutal attack at an opening day game between the SF Giants and LA Dodgers. Tim is a caring man who puts his music where his mouth is. He speaks volumes with his willingness to help and to bring people together to make the world a better, happier place. His music is always there, either at the forefront or not far beneath the surface.
His prized Martin SWOGT sustainable wood guitar, nicknamed Loretta, is at his side throughout his travels. He wanted some serious protection for her so we recommended the Reunion Blues Continental case RBC3. When Tim found the Continental, it was a match made in heaven…a musician with a need for a stylish, protective guitar case that he could throw over his shoulders and roll on down the road at a moment’s notice. He liked it so much he had to have a Reunion Blues leather gig bag as well 253 15-29. Go Tim Go.