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Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe - Three Ring Circus (2015)

4-09-2015, 21:07
Music | Folk | Country

Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe - Three Ring Circus (2015)

Artist: Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe
Title Of Album: Three Ring Circus
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: Folk/Country/Bluegrass/Americana
Label: Whalebone Records
Quality: MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 59:54
Total Size: 139 MB

1. Another Mansion To Fall (4:36)
2. Gamblin' (3:54)
3. Forgotten Coast (3:30)
4. Compass (4:20)
5. River Town (4:11)
6. Time Changes Everything (3:46)
7. Three Ring Circus (4:30)
8. California Promises (2:53)
9. Good Enough (6:04)
10. Rise Up (4:52)
11. Cover Me Up (5:31)
12. The Great Divide (3:25)
13. San Francisco Love Affair (4:11)
14. Dare Of An Angel (4:05)

It’s usually this time of year, toward the end of January, when singer/songwriter Tim Flannery has to put down his guitar and tell his band mates that he’ll be out of commission for the next eight months.

But this year is different. As any baseball fan can tell you, Flannery has been working for a little outfit called the San Francisco Giants as the team’s third base coach. Last fall, shortly after the Giants won their third World Series title in five years, Flannery announced that he was retiring after 33 years in Major League Baseball as a player and coach.

“I didn’t retire because I’m rich,” said Flannery in a phone interview. “I retired because I thought I might die if had to go through that long season again. At this point in my life, I just needed to get off the highway and heal a little bit.”

Baseball fans might not be aware that Flannery has lived a double life as a professional music for years, having released a dozen albums, played dates around the country and even befriended former Grateful Dead greats Phil Lesh and Bob Weir.

Flannery comes to the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz with his band Lunatic Fringe on Sunday, just as he has the last few years to raise money for the family of Bryan Stow, the Santa Cruzan and long-time Giants fan severely beaten at Dodger Stadium in 2011. This year, the Santa Cruz date marks the launch of a new Flannery project. He’s calling it the Love Harder Project, a non-profit devoted to helping those in need.

“We’re going to be part of helping Bryan as much as we can,” said Flannery. “But the Love Harder Project is going to be focused on a lot of different areas from feeding the homeless to anti-bullying.”

In past years, Flannery and his band would play roughly 25 dates a year, all crammed into the baseball off-season. This year, without baseball in his life, Flannery said he’ll play about 50 dates, and go into the studio to record a new album called “Three Ring Circus,” a sly reference to the Giants’ third championship.

Flannery’s musical roots reach back to the Kentucky hills from which his family came, mixed with the California vibe of the Dead and other influences. “We were raised listening to the Everly Brothers and the Louvin Brothers,” he said. “Then we found our way to the Flying Burrito Brothers in between.”

He has written most of his songs, he said, in the dead time on the road as a ballplayer and coach. Baseball is obviously a key element in his music, even when it’s not apparent, as in a new song he’s planning to record called “Gamblin’.”

“I got Buster Posey thrown out a couple of times, and I got some grief for it. But I said to myself, ‘Haven’t you guys been watching how we score?’ Coaching third base isn’t an exact science. Sometimes you have to roll the dice. So I just put that kind of thinking in this song: ‘I make my living gambling down on the corner/ working on a tight rope without a net.’ See, that’s a baseball song that no one would know has anything to do with baseball, unless I tell the story, which I do every chance I get.”

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