International Finger Style Champion
Artist Bio / Description
Tim & Myles Thompson are a Nashville-based Americana-jazz-folk duo featuring International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion Tim Thompson and acclaimed violinist Myles Thompson.
Since forming as a duo in 2009, the father-son act has entertained audiences from coast-to-coast, presenting high-energy instrumental and vocal duets of improvised originals and classics reminiscent of legendary artists such as Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli, Chick Corea and Jackson Browne. Although influenced by the masters, their down-to-earth musical style is all their own — a one-of-a-kind combination of improvisational jazz, traditional folk, singer-songwriter, country, rock and World.
A native of northern Minnesota, Tim’s guitar playing, vocals and songwriting reveal his Midwestern musical roots with a hint of Americana Nashville. Audiences smile and tap their feet as he layers intricate melodies, chords and textures with his acoustic and electric guitars while his son, 17-year-old Myles, answers and/or takes the lead with soaring and drifting echoes on violin, occasionally surprising audience members with a humorous, homespun story. Tim’s unique technique, intricate and fun arrangements helped him win the International Fingerstyle Championship in 2008.
Tim has released seven solo albums — one showcasing his talents as a singer-songwriter. The duo “Tim & Myles Thompson” has released one CD “Road Runner” and most recently a DVD “Tim & Myles Thompson Live”. Tim’s music has been used in film (Casper’s Haunted Christmas), TV, and software (Flip Video Camera). Tim has performed with popular acts such as Crystal Gayle and Highway 101, appeared on National Public Radio stations around the country, and shared billing with guitar icons Tommy Emmanuel and Phil Keaggy. Tim & Myles have performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, opened for Spyro Gyra, Don Williams, Richard Elliot, and others. Myles’ touring career, which started at age 13, has taken him and his guitarist father coast-to-coast in the United States (including the Virgin Islands), as well as other countries such as England, Romania, Cyprus, Norway, and Canada.
The father-son, give-and-take approach is fun-filled, yet humble, leaving audiences inspired with a sense of family and friends.