We had the good fortune of connecting with Mighty Tim Young and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mighty Tim, how do you think about risk?
I believe risk taking is essential. To begin with I moved to New York City to chase my acting aspirations, from a small town in Pennsylvania. I ended up living there for thirty-seven years. I discovered I was a musician and that I was not going to end up on the Broadway stage. That did not hurt me, for then I had my music and the great people I found to help me flesh out those particular dreams. My wife then, Bonnie and I decided to have a child and raise our son in Manhattan, where he received the best education money could never buy. Later, having met my life partner, Paula, we decided it was time for a change and took the risk of moving away from my city home for so many years and delve into the small town culture and beauty of northern Arizona. All risks that I never harbor any regrets about.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets me apart as a performer is my passion and belief in the songs that I sing. I’m proud of being committed to my art, my songwriting, my singing and guitar playing. I have always kept a journal noting the special and ordinary events in my life. Recently I had the urge to pull from the shelf my journal from 1979. In there I found the details of putting together my first band in New York City, titles of new tunes I was working on then and my hopes and dreams of success. Now in 2021 I am so pleased that I have never considered escaping from my love of the creative life. I have an amazing stamina which has pushed me along in my career for forty-two years now. The only way I know of facing challenges is to always push them out of the way. Often those challenges consist of rejection, lack of support, both personally and financially. The world is not adverse to throwing everything and anything into the way of success. Success, however, is subjective and so at my shows if there is even only one person who listens and somehow identifies, connects with my music, then I have achieved great success. It is exactly that notion of success that has helped lift me above the pack and kept me moving in the positive direction I need to continue.

I’m so excited about my new release, The Lucky Ones. It was a difficult birth taking fifteen months to come to fruition. I had to switch studios and get all my players together. I release my music on my own label which is Not Fade Away, a title I borrowed from Buddy Holly. Not Fade Away because I always hope my music will stay. The Lucky Ones is my fifth release and is twelve original tunes.. It all began in 2002 when I released my first CD called No Stranger. Now in 2021, the good work continues as I look ahead to more.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Living in a small town in Arizona, as I do, does make it a challenge to show someone a good time. It can be done though. First stop would be to Old Town Cottonwood. It has a busy main street (now that the pandemic has lessened) and it has Nic’s Italian Steak and Crab House. Suppers there are delicious, cozy and comfortable. Great drinks too. After dinner, for a night cap we could stop at one of the many wine bars along the street. perhaps at Carlson Creek or Pillsbury. The next day after a return to Old Town for breakfast at Crema, we could drive over to Sedona for a late lunch at Gerardo’s. Great pizza. Then to Vino Di Sedona for live music and tasty craft beers. Speaking of craft beers there is a new joint on Main street in Clarkdale, Smelter Town. They make all their brews in house and since we would visit there on a Friday night we could hear live music there as well. Finally a visit to the old copper mining town of Jerome would be in order. For such a small town they have numerous wonderful restaurants including Grapes and the Haunted Hamburger. The town is also noted to be haunted by old miners and the women who used to sell their favors to them. You’re probably not going to meet any more exciting people than that!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A special shoutout to my partner Paula Parente for her unwavering love and support. Then also to the players on my new release, The Lucky Ones: Don Jones, drums; Kris Baldwin, bass, Gordon Cantor, lead guitar; and my engineers; Gregg Tauriello and Jon Margulies.

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