Hazy Ray / The Shallow Twins / Tim Prince
He's worked in Australia, Spain, Holland, Italy, Ireland and France, yet lives in Hereford and records his work in America.
Tim Prince was born in Royal Leamington Spa of Irish descent.
His grandmother tried to teach him hymns on the piano, but he played everything with a four-four rock beat, much to her dismay.
Prince listened to Irish Rebel and traditional folk songs, and soaked up the atmosphere in the Irish clubs, watching grown men reduced to tears by the old, slow ballads that were sung there.
In these drunken clubs he heard the songs of Bob Dylan and discovered the world of American folk, blues and country.
They all sang of travelling on, so he decided to follow them.
On yer bike
Tim worked his way through Australia, Spain, Holland, Italy, Ireland, France and made numerous trips to America, writing and singing as he went.
He loves to write, sing and perform; after all, his Grandmother played it into his soul.
His debut album, Angel Songs, was recorded at John Keane's studio in Athens, Georgia, USA, using local session players and some friends Prince brought along from England.
"My songs are about what I see, feel and hear," he says.
"I like to keep them simple, but with strong melodies. I'm a sucker for a good melody. If a song's any good, it should be able to be sung with just an acoustic."
Angel Songs:Tim's first official release
Tim's influences are varied: Dylan, Cohen, Tom Waits, The Beatles, Hank Williams, The Clash, The Stones, Nick Cave and The Pogues.
"I also include Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Peggy Lee; I love a crooner. My song 'Sometimes' is straight crooning, just kind of…twisted!"
You can listen to all the latest music from across the two counties on the Friday Session, every week from 7pm, on BBC Hereford & Worcester.
last updated: 16/01/2009 at 23:13
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