Andy Timmons Honors Guitar Legend Peter Frampton with Heartfelt Composition

Andy Timmons' Musical Ode to Peter Frampton: 'The Boy From Beckenham'...

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Andy Timmons has recorded a tribute to his childhood hero Peter Frampton. To screen the official video featuring both artists, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0U_yURFos4.

Timmons shares, “I grew up on ‘70s rock and was very fortunate that my brother John (8 years my elder) was buying all of Peter Frampton’s records from Humble Pie forward. Those LPs, particularly “Frampton” and of course the insanely great “Frampton Comes Alive” are a huge part of my musical foundation. Peter has a singular style and melodic sensibility that flows through his guitar playing, singing and songwriting. Fast forward to Sept 2019 when I saw Peter play a show in Dallas (my former ATB bandmate Dan Wojciechowski has been playing drums with Peter since 2007). I was so moved by the show that I went home and wrote a song as a tribute to Peter and titled it “The Boy From Beckenham,” named for the town where he grew up. I tried to imbue some of the essence of Peter’s melodic instincts and chord movement into the composition. The song sat for a while until I conducted a recording workshop at the studios at Sweetwater in September, 2022. I recorded the entire song except for the solo thinking I would complete it later. I then saw Peter in July 2023, and somehow got the courage to ask him to play on it. I was quite hesitant as I knew of the issues he is dealing with from having Myositis. I was quite inspired (and relieved!) that he heartily agreed to record the solo. He put a lot of time and care into the recording and his solo has all the hallmarks of what makes Peter so unique: amazing tone, beautiful note choices, and a jazz sensibility that blends chromaticism and melodic voice leading of the highest order. Even in the face of adversity he still plays with complete joy and positive intent.”

Peter Frampton shares, “I’m honoured Andy asked me to be part of this great new track of his. Apparently, It’s about some other guitarist who came from Beckenham, UK?  Thanks Andy I had so much fun doing this.”

Timmons continues, “Inspired. Joyous. Driven. Inventive. Determined. Thankful. Funny. So many words and emotions come to mind when I see Peter Frampton do what he LOVES to do. Easily one of the greatest guitarists I’ve ever seen. Despite incredible adversity, he plays with more intent, love, joy and wonder than anybody. I hope everyone who sees and hears this song or video connects with the music and feels the impact of how special he is from the archival footage as well as his outstanding modern day playing shared within one of the most meaningful recordings to me personally I’ve ever created.”

Andy Timmons will be making several isolated appearances in the coming months.  On April 6, he’ll stage a sold-out performance at the Iridium in New York City.  On May 1, he’ll perform in the UK at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. And on May 3, stage a show at Fat Lil’s in Witney which is also sold-out.

 

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