John Heinz, Tim Landers & Mike Piccirilli – Landers, Heinz & Pic – the talented trio who play from Ocean City to Nashville.
The “HOLIDAYS” are here and in full swing. We are running Part III of the Tim Landers interview. If you missed the first two, please go online to www.coconuttimes.com and click on Meet The Band to read Parts I and II. We last finished up with 2006. John Heinz and Mike Piccirilli make up the trio and oftentimes duo with Tim Landers.
Since 2006, Tim has been volleying his time between Ocean City, Maryland, and Nashville, Tennessee. It’s all about gigging 5 days or nights a week in the summer in Ocean City and working on recording, and film projects in the winter, as well as picking up the occasional gig while in Nashville.
RandyJamz: Tim, you’ve had a storied career in music from the time you were 12. Where do you see things going from here?
Tim Landers: I plan on continuing to play my gigs in Ocean City in the summers and will more than likely be spending my winters in Nashville from here on.
RJ: Everyone knows Tim Landers, the Ocean City troubadour. Fill us in on how you spend your time while you are in Nashville?
TL: It’s constant networking and such. I plan to do a lot more writing and recording while in Nashville this time.
RJ: You mentioned earlier about a musical that you were involved in. Tell us about that.
TL: “Walk With God” is a musical that I wrote, produced, directed and performed in. It was performed a bunch of times in the church; and the last couple of years there has been off and on interest of turning it into a movie. I loved the project so much because of all that went into it; and watching something that I created from start to finish come to life on stage is a great experience. We brought in a highly skilled lighting company that does a lot of work with the Lyric Theater in Baltimore. It was wild to watch them set the lights during rehearsal and tie it all to a computer program. When that actor walked out on stage during the live show, he better be exactly where he is supposed to be because that is where the computerized lights are going to be. What a great education.
RJ: Give us a thumbnail on what it’s like in Nashville.
TL: One year I was doing a show and there was 7 minutes left and it turned into a major jam session. Somebody said, “Tim, you lead it and we’ll all follow.” So there I was with people who had come into the store where I worked as a kid. These guys were my heroes. They have pictures of themselves on a tour bus with Buddy Holly and many other big names. Now these guys are backing me up on a jam session. I knew at that point that I was seeing things come full circle in my life.
I was doing the Helping Hands Telethon and it was John Heinz, Mike Piccirilli and myself performing. Next up was Danny and the Juniors, of “At The Hop,” fame and they walk up to us and ask how in the heck they were supposed to follow that act. I hope that none of this sounds like bragging but, it’s a life of hard work and commitment and you get to a place that you only dreamed of in years past. My experience, though, is that they’re all just people. Real people. And they are doing what we’ve all done. But, for whatever reason, these people had more time to put in to be successful or the breaks fell their way or whatever.
In Nashville, I run into people that I don’t get to run into in the summers at OC.
Alan O’Day, “Undercover Angel,” 1977, and I would hang out and spend some time with him here in Nashville. He died last year and is greatly missed. Jerry Foster, who wrote possibly hundreds of hit records. Artists who have performed Jerry’s songs include, Nat King Cole, Hank Williams, Jr., Johnny Paycheck, Mickey Gilley and Jerry Lee Lewis, to name a few. I ran into him one night at a club and he says to me, “Hey, you know Ronnie Dove, don’t you?” I said, well yes, and he proceeded to tell me how he and Ronnie had offices on the same floor here in Nashville and how they got to know each other pretty well but haven’t spoken in many years. So a conversation like that leads to, let’s get a beer, and these guys open up everything about their world to you. If you are not all about yourself and you are truly interested in them, they will tell you things that would take 20 years of hard labor to find out. Jerry one time told me, “I noticed on this song you wrote, you don’t get to the chorus for 25 seconds. Studies show that if a listener doesn’t hear the chorus within 22 seconds, they change the channel. So,” he tells me, “always get to your chorus within 20 seconds.” That little tidbit right there has helped me tremendously over the years.
All of that to say that when you come to Nashville, and you assimilate into the music crowd, and you treat everyone with respect, you never know who just might come into your life and help you get to the next step, or just be your next best friend. These people are just so willing to help others.
I owe a whole lot of what I’ve been able to accomplish in music to my Ocean City life. The only real difference between Ocean City and Nashville is that there are infinitely more artists who have made it big and have been successful all over the world.
Another example. One of my former students tends bar here and this guy comes in and sits down and he and Tiffany are talking away. I’m chatting with the guy and introduced myself and soon afterwards he went on his way. After he left, Tiffany said to me, “you don’t know who that is do you?” I said no. She said, “I thought you would know because of the song writer thing and all. That’s Jeff Silbar. He wrote The Wind Beneath My Wings.”
So, I’m moving into my home down here [Nashville], getting things in order and clearing out my head. Today I am sorting through over 1,500 LP’s and cataloguing them. Once I get all of my domestic stuff behind me, I am going into song writing mode.
RJ: In conclusion, Tim, tell us the funniest or craziest thing you’ve ever seen in your music life.
TL: I was playing a venue in Ocean City a few years ago and, like so many funny music stories, a fight breaks out. This time it’s between two mature women. And, man, I mean they are going at it over some guy. I’m playing my oldies set and just keep on playing but, I’m losing the interest of the crowd, because a fight will always trump the band. The guy gets in the middle of the two women trying to break it up and I start playing, “Come on people now, Smile on your brother, Everybody get together, Try to love one another right now.” Well, the whole bar starts to sing with me; the guy in question starts singing. The embattled ladies start singing, and everyone is raising beers and starting to hug and kiss each other. The whole bar. I’ve never seen anything like it.
RandyJamz is the frontman for The RandyJamz Band and half of the duo with, The Baltimore Boyz, featuring Jay Vizzini. Available for gigs of all types as a solo, duo, and full band act. If you would like to be interviewed for a Meet The Band article, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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