Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe

KC Turner Presents Listening Room Series at HopMonk Sonoma

Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe

Kyle Williams

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

HopMonk Tavern - Sonoma

Sonoma, CA

$25.00 - $60.00

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This event is all ages

Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe
Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe
He is one of the enduring hard men of professional sports, logging 34 of his 55 years with professional baseball. Of those years, he has spent a jaw-dropping 25 on the hallowed fields of the Major Leagues as both a hard-charging player and a steely-eyed field general. He has been to the World Series four times- once as a player and three times as a coach, finally wrapping his battered, dusty hands around the World Series Trophy in 2010...and yet again in 2012 and 2014. Impressive credentials for any man, but here's the thing- baseball is only a part of his story.

He is also a prolific and talented songwriter. That's right- this ferociously hard-working baseball legend is also an award-nominated musician who regularly packs venues across the globe. He is a seasoned fingerstyle legend of Americana music with a gift for crafting potent, resonant songs and delivering energetic, emotional live shows.

His name is Tim Flannery and he is writing some of the most gorgeous acoustic music to roll out of California since the halcyon days of the Seventies folk explosion.

"Flan," as he's known to family, friends and players, started playing baseball as a kid and its hold on him has never loosened. As a player for his hometown San Diego Padres, each season would begin with Tim's manager cautioning him that his position would likely go to someone younger, faster or more gifted. A warrior to the core, Flan distilled such negativity into furious motivation, out-running, out-gunning and out-hustling every guy on the team to secure his spot on the roster. Unsurprisingly, his relentless work ethic and fearless playing style made him a fan favorite and to this day, he is a much-beloved icon from the surf breaks of Oceanside, California to the furthest tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula.

When his playing career came to a close, Flan took to coaching with the same passion and savvy that propelled him to such auspicious heights as a player. He moved from the minor league system back into the Majors as a third base coach for the Padres, and in 2008 he took over third base coaching duties for the San Francisco Giants, where he patrolled the left side of the field like a wolf, managing the team's offensive attack with equal measures of strategy and pure guts. Flan announced his retirement from baseball shortly after the San Francisco Giants earned their third World Series championship in 5 years.

Tim has spent the majority of his life on the road, balancing his career and his creative drive with the love of his wife and three children. His music explores the depths of emotion that only loneliness and solitude can reveal, as well as the profound emotional highs unlocked in a golden surfing session or in the majesty of a star-spangled sky from a back porch in Kentucky.

Flan's music enjoys radio support across the planet, from the shores of Ireland to beach towns up and down the California coast. He is routinely supported by an obscenely talented band and he has been joined onstage by the likes of Jackson Browne, Bruce Hornsby, Garth Brooks and Jimmy Buffet. With a voice as smooth as Kentucky bourbon and heart worn on both sleeves, Flan's concerts ebb and flow with brilliant melodies, soaring harmonies and themes of love, travel and connecting with the Great Spirit. And of course, he sings about baseball.
Kyle Williams
Kyle Williams
If you ask California-based singer/songwriter Kyle Williams to describe his music, he’ll most likely give you three fairly normal adjectives: “acoustic,” “soul,” and “pop.” However, the music Williams creates is anything but normal. His songs are as diverse, layered, and complex as his personal story, his influences, and his vision for making music.

Exposed from an early age to the likes of The Temptations, James Taylor, Carol King, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Carpenters, Williams was developed a love for music, as well as a melodic and soulful sweetness—both of which he and his sound carry to this day. This attraction to melody and soul found its initial expression in the drums, his first instrument, which Williams began learning in his mid-teens. Soon after, he picked up the guitar and was mentored by a friend as he developed his craft on the six-string.
As his confidence grew, and after getting a few honestly self-labeled “crappy” songs under his belt, Williams began to blossom both musically and lyrically, thanks in part to a growing list of fresh and varied influences, including Norah Jones, Jack Johnson, Frank Sinatra, Nickel Creek, and Van Morrison.

In early 2009, Williams released Shades of Grey, a five-song demo showcasing his talent for penning genuine lyrics backed by accessible and groovy tunes. Shades of Grey was received well in Williams’ native Chico, California, provoking one local reviewer to write, “Once the CD starts spinning, the crafty, soulful pop songs rise above Chico garage-band status, to a place where they could almost hold their own in a CD shuffler with the likes of Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz.”

Since Shades of Grey, Williams has continued to evolve, pushing his sound and musical vision nearer to those of The Weepies, Damien Rice, Eva Cassidy, Brett Dennen, and Allison Krauss, whom he considers among his current influences. Though this growth has taken him into the world of folk, Williams has not strayed from his roots of sweet and melodic pop. Proof of this includes his surprisingly unique acoustic covers of two hits by The Temptations: “My Girl” and “Just My Imagination.” One reason for this rootedness is, perhaps, his love for the smooth and soulful simplicity of Amos Lee, one of Williams’ most significant musical heroes.

Williams has hit the pavement over the years to share his music up and down the West Coast, with venues ranging from Seattle to San Diego and everywhere in between, including San Francisco, Portland, Santa Barbara, Hollywood, Santa Cruz, Eugene, Monterey, and Sacramento. Supported by loyal fans, he plays often at local eateries, coffee shops, wine lounges, bars, casinos, and private shows.

Now a full-fledged singer/songwriter in his own right, Williams continues to craft songs whose lyrics humanly and vulnerably explore themes of love and life, and whose sound mesmerizes, impresses, and catches you tapping your toes to the rhythm. The songs he shares offer his listeners honesty and hope in a fractured world characterized by deceit and despair.
Of course, you could still use “acoustic,” “soul,” and “pop” to describe the music of Kyle Williams, but that certainly wouldn’t be the whole story.

Supported by loyal fans, Williams plays often at local eateries, coffee shops, wine lounges, bars, casinos, and private shows. He's also taken his music on the road, playing in such locations between Seattle and San Diego as San Francisco, Hollywood, Portland, and Santa Cruz.

Now a full-fledged singer/songwriter in his own right, Williams continues to craft songs whose lyrics humanly and vulnerably explore themes of love and life, and whose sound mesmerizes, impresses, and catches you tapping your toes to the rhythm.
Venue Information:
HopMonk Tavern - Sonoma
691 Broadway
Sonoma, CA, 95476
http://www.hopmonk.com/sonoma/