"I was workin' with my head down tryin' to keep a groove alive." -- Delbert McClinton
Songwriter, Performer, Engineer & Producer
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Tim Hildebrandt wears three distinctively different hats in the music business. He is a songwriter with over fifty published titles, a performer, and recording engineer/producer.
His songwriting reflects the breadth of his musical career from soul to country rock. He paid his way through college playing in a group that for a time worked as a house band backing up old soul acts like the Dixie Cups (”Going To The Chapel”) and Major Lance (”Gypsy Woman”).He signed his first recording contract playing in a band called Heartwood and was produced by the legendary Paul Hornsby who also produced the Marshall Tucker Band and Charlie Daniels. While with Heartwood Tim shared the stage with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Delbert McClinton, Jerry Jeff Walker, Earl Scruggs, Vassar Clements, and Steve Martin.
Tim moved to Nashville in 1993 and was signed to a publishing deal with writer publisher Jerry Capehart. Jerry had penned arguably one of the best rock ‘n’ roll songs of all time “Summertime Blues”. Jerry also wrote “Turn Around Look At Me” which became Glen Campbell‘s first hit record. As a testament to Tim’s songwriting one of Tim’s works “My Old Summertime” was chosen by the Disney Channel for its TV show “Even Stevens”.
Tim’s recording and engineering experience has spanned over thirty years. He began recording on an Akai sound on sound tape recorder in 1968. In 1980 he began working as an engineer with Steve Gronback at TGS Studios. The studio was a 24 track 2” format facility in Chapel Hill North Carolina, which boasted some of the finest recording gear in the south. This was where he learned his engineering skills. While there he had the opportunity to work with many great artists and producers including Wyatt Easterling, The Red Clay Ramblers and Don Dixon who produced REM’s “Murmur” album.
In 1986 he began teaching a recording and audio engineering course at the Art Center in Carrboro North Carolina. When Tim moved to Nashville in 1993 he opened his first recording studio, West End Recorders. While there he had the chance to record some of the best musicians in the business and to work with Denny Purcell one of the greatest mastering engineers in the country with over 500 Gold and Platinum albums to his credit. Tim now lives in Rochester, Minnesota where he owns and operates the Camel Back Studio, performs live, and is the Concert Coordinator for the Mayo Clinic.