Fort Worth Songwriters' Association: Membership Profiles
Tim is a native born Texan who has been playing music for over sixty years. At the age of fifteen, Tim heard some musicians playing music in a park in Tyler, Texas. He proceeded to purchase himself a guitar from Sears & Roebuck and returned to the park to have the musicians teach him how to play "this thing." This was the beginning of Tim's love for and career in music. Later Tim began to take an interest in the bass guitar and invested in a bull bass. From there he started to receive job offers and eventually formed his own band, The Tyler Ramblers. After many hours of practice, Tim and his band began to play on the radio station KTBB. Shortly after, The Tyler Ramblers began to play in surrounding towns in the East Texas area. Tim made contact with Kit Smith of Big Springs Jamboree at the conclusion of WWII. Kit backed such stars as Leon Payne and George Jones. Mr. Smith saw that Tim had talent and offered him a job working with these same great artists.
While playing at the Hometown Jamboree in Houston, Texas, Tim met and began playing for Billy Gray. Also, Tim has played with Leroy Stafford and the Texas Sounds at Panther Hall Annex Bar and locally on channel 11 television. Several years later Howard Crockett encouraged Tim to start another band. So the Western Blazers were created and Ray Brandenburg was hired to be the lead vocalist and guitarist. With the talent of the musicians and Ray's crowd catching voice the band continued for eighteen years. The band played all over Texas with a prestigious run of ninety-seven weeks at the Finish Line Club in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1976, Tim dissolved the Western Blazers and began to pursue other ventures. Many years later Tim met up with Ray Brandenburg again. Ray was still playing and writing songs and working with his manager Rose Jeffus. This encounter caused Tim to want to begin playing as a team with Ray once more. For the last two years under the direction of manager, Rose Jeffus, Tim and Ray have had many opportunities to play together and are continuing to build a fan base. The future for Tim, as one of the finest bass players in the state, will produce many new and exciting avenues for him to follow. Tim has always said "Let me play my music, and I'll be the happiest man alive!" It is his life's ambition to help those who truly need help.