Dec. 30 Will Read and Sing for Food show to benefit Community Food Bank, starring Tim Grimm

Kimball International presents Will Read and Sing For Food, featuring award-winning Indiana Americana singer-songwriter and film/TV/stage actor Tim Grimm. The show, which is open to the public, is Wednesday, Dec. 30, 7 p.m. It benefits Community Food Bank and will be held at Kimball International Corporate Headquarters Auditorium, 1600 Royal Street.

Grimm will perform with the Tim Grimm Family Band, featuring his sons Connor (bass), Jackson (guitar, banjo, vocals), and his wife Jan (vocals, harmonica).

Will Read and Sing For Food players will include humor writer Scott Saalman and musicians Marc Steczyk, Bethany Boeglin, Kyle Lueken and Megan and Isaac Gatwood.

Admission is a $10 or more donation to Community Food Bank. No advanced tickets. Pay at the door.

Will Read and Sing For Food is a unique mix of live music and comedy. Founded in Oct. 2011, the show has raised Combined Grand Total: $54,000 for various community causes thru audience donations.

Grimm has toured and recorded with his friend, the legendary Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, appeared with Harrison Ford in the film “Clear and Present Danger,” and has shared the stage with writer, poet and National Humanities Medal recipient Wendell Berry.

His recording, “The Back Fields,” was named Best Americana Album in the 2006 Just Plain Folks Music Awards in Los Angeles (the largest and most diverse music awards in the world). He was named 2000’s “BEST DISCOVERY in Roots/Americana Music” by The Chicago Sun-Times, and “2004 MALE ARTIST of The Year” by the Freeform American Roots DJs.

His songs and performances have established him as a unique voice in Americana music. His recordings have reached the top of the Folk or American-roots charts.

Some motion pictures he’s appeared in are “At Any Cost,” “The Express,” “The Insider,” “Mercury Rising,” and “Backdraft.” Some of his TV credits are “Pandora’s Clock,” “Turk,” “JAG,” “Prison Break,” “Detroit 187” and “Home Improvement.” He costarred for two seasons in the NBC drama, “Reasonable Doubts.”

After several years working in Los Angeles, Grimm returned to Columbus, Indiana. He grew up in the woods and small town settings of southern Indiana, son of schoolteachers and grandson of farmers, and his return home was a conscious choice to live a life of significance rather than one of “success.” He now lives with his wife and sons on an 80-acre farm close to where he grew up. Tim’s songs are full of the rural rumblings that have shaped his life—rich with descriptive details, and sung with warmth and intimacy—recognizing the inextinguishable national romance with the idea of the family farm and the vanishing landscape of rural America.

In 2007, Grimm put together a concept CD with several of the Midwest’s finest songwriters: Krista Detor, Carrie Newcomer, Tom Roznowski, and Michael White. The recording, “Wilderness Plots,” was drawn from the short stories of noted Hoosier author Scott Russell Sanders and explored the settling of the American Wilderness in the Ohio River Valley Region between The Revolutionary War and The Civil War. Two PBS programs have explored Wilderness Plots: the first, a documentary on the story and song; and the second, a full Wilderness Plots – In Concert (2012). Produced by WTIU in Bloomington, Ind., both productions were nominated for EMMY AWARDS.

After the show, Grimm will sign his CDs, including his 2013 release, “The Turning Point.”