Way Past Ready
Tim Pritchett grew up on the ABCs of music. A=All formats of music with the only requirement being QUALITY! B=Big Band C=Classics played by his mother, a gifted pianist and career elementary school teacher. And then ROCK-A-BILLY, RHYTHM & BLUES, BANDSTAND and THE BEATLES. Taught the basic 3-note guitar chords by his basketball coach, Tim began writing songs in high school then performing in local Atlanta venues throughout college. Upon graduation, Tim went on the road with various pop/rock cover bands, singing and playing rhythm guitar. Then Tim met Don Dempsey, CBS Records (Columbia/Epic). Dr. Don hired Tim for an entry level position all the while encouraging him to continue his one-nighters around metro Atlanta, and more importantly working on his recording skills. 'I like what I hear in the music you are developing. It is music for the masses. It makes people feel something. Your songs that tell a story, even your sad songs can make people feel better'. Tim's business career at CBS Records developed at an express speed, moving into sales, radio promotion and finally East Coast Marketing Manager, requiring him to give up all live gigs. No harm, no foul as recording was his first love and he felt his time was his own. Holidays, weekends and vacations found him in various recording studios with producers Rod Smarr, Don Tanner and Scott MacClellan and working with world class studio musicians in New York, Atlanta, Muscle Shoals, Lookout Mountain, L.A. and of course, Nashville. They searched for the best songs available and were able to find songs by writers who were and are the best of the best, i.e., Tom Waits, Paul Davis and of course the 'Legend' Buddy Holly. Tim's troop of renegades helped him make the songs his own, always creating a unique sound, changing and growing with the trends of the day and anticipating the sounds of the future. This album of songs, an anthology if you will, spans 16 years from 1971-1987. Each song chosen for this project is one of Tim's personal favorites and the result is 'WAY PAST READY'.