It was my great privilege to interview and hang out with Fingers Taylor years ago. Fingers played with Jimmy Buffett for years, before going solo, recording seven CDs. Fingers and Jimmy met on the steps of the Hub at Southern Mississippi, when both were attending school there. Taylor is now retired due to Alzheimer's disease. He resides in Pearl.
I never came across anyone who could stand up to him as a harmonica player until I heard Tim Gartland.
I shouldn’t be surprized — Tim studied with famed harp man Jerry Portnoy, who played with Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Pinetop Perkins and Eric Clapton. In 2001, Tim became a published author after writing an instructional book for the harmonica entitled, “The Talking Harmonica.”
Tim’s latest release Satisfied, lives up to its title for those who listen with great roots, blues music.
The sound reminds me of an updated Charlie Musselwhite.
“The blues is essentially a genre in which the musician is having a cathartic experience. If you write about themes that are meaningful to your experience, you will create something new,” Tim said.
He is now actively playing, recording and writing in Music City. In 2017, Gartland was invited to perform at the prestigious "Harmonica Blues Summit" in Nashville. For more, timgartland.com