Tim Luhrman


60s-70s HometownWest Palm Beach FL
High SchoolForest Hill
Main InstrumentElectric and acoustic guitar
Other Instrumentsbass, keyboards, lap steel, mandolin, harmonica
Early InfluencesBuffalo Springfield, CS&N, The Byrds, The Beatles, John Mayall, Duane Allman, Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Eric Clapton, The Moody Blues, Wes Montgomery, Laura Nyro, Mike Bloomfield, Bob Dylan
Local Bands, Approximate YearsPsychedelic Soul – 2 years
Daybreak – 1 year
Luhrman/Morell/Muir/Smith – 6 months
Sneaky Pete – 1 year
Current HometownAlachua FL
Current OccupationEngineering Manager R&D / Cooper-Atkins Corp
Current Musical InvolvementPerform solo acoustic playing mainly original material at local art and music festivals in North FL. Design and build custom electric guitars, fretless bass, and lap steels. Chief Engineer/Owner of TAL AUDIO (2000 to 20004) – boutique instrument preamps and fuzz pedals. Pro Tools home studio.
Comments, HighlightsI received an extensive music education during the 60’s and 70’s listening to many great local musicians, including the guitar playing of Chris Leuzinger and the song writing of the Curtis Brothers. Would also have to thank Ken Benoit for the beautiful harmonies, Ric Glass for the awesome slide guitar, and Mark Morell for his amazing chromatic mandolin and dobro playing.
We had a bunch of fun playing at all of the local WPB clubs and teen dance halls from North Palm to Lauderdale. I remember our home made strobe light catching on fire one night and taking all of my guitars and amps apart to customize them. We got second place in the 1971 WPB Fairgrounds Battle of the Band when I was playing in DAYBREAK (Marty Evans – Drums, Vocals /Jim Bielick – Bass /Les Davis – Lead Vocals /Ken Benoit – 6 and 12-string guitar, Vocals /Tim Luhrman – Lead Guitar, Vocals). Met Rick Curtis opening up for RED DOG KIN at an outdoor concert and later played with Rick in the 80’s in Gainesville, FL. When Rick and Mike Curtis were recruited by CRAZY HORSE to LA, we formed one of the earliest “California inspired” WPB country/rock/bluegrass bands with Mark Morell – Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals / John Smith – Upright bass, Harmonica, Vocals, and Joey Muir – Pedal Steel, Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Mandocello. I left WPB in 1973 to move to Gainesville, FL which had a very creative and highly diversified music scene at that time.