Tim Wilson & Scotty Bratcher Rollin' and Rockin'
Tim Wilson will perform a full length comedy set and then join Scotty Bratcher's band to close out the evening with music.
Forty five years is hard to squeeze into a web page so here are the basics.
Born August 5, 1961 in Columbus Georgia. Parents were school teachers so Tim Wilson grew up on mustard sandwiches, playing Little League baseball and Pop Warner football and making straight A's in School.
"I grew up listening to a ton of AM radio during the commute back and forth to games and I memorized most of the records that played on two jukeboxes at a Tom's Foods employee swimming camp where my father and older brother were lifeguards for about sixteen years. That was my musical training."
A born ham, he developed a talent for doing impressions of teachers and anybody he saw on television which got him involved in numerous talent shows.
"My mother would take me to her school sometimes and I would entertain her classes with this act I had put together. I actually did my first pro show when I was about 11 at some soldier at Fort Bennings' birthday party and I got paid 15 dollars for it, which was double what we would all later get paid at The Improv in New York."
By high school, his grades had gone to hell and Tim started writing songs about all the girls who wouldn't go out with him. There were a lot of songs! Tim decided he wanted to be in the music business.
"I was playing football and running track and dragging around a guitar and listening to every record I could get my hands on. Eventually I became a huge fan of Clapton and a bunch of Southern Rock groups: mainly Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Atlanta Rhythm Section."
Tim finagled a part time job as a sports writer a the local paper and would later moonlight as a concert reviewer.
"I was kinda like the kid in Almost Famous except instead of working for Rolling Stone, I was at the Ledger Enquirer in Columbus." "Short version, I went to review an Atlanta Rhythm Section concert and met the drummer Roy Yeager. I told him I was a songwriter and I'd heard he was a producer and I wanted to send him some stuff. I mailed it to him and about three months later he called me and brought me up to Studio One in Doraville where they recorded and we made some demos. That is where I got close to real show business. I always tell people I got in show business going to the Waffle House and getting the Atlanta Rhythm Sections orders right!"
Somewhere in there he graduated college.
So I'm renting this bullshit apartment in Atlanta, but mostly sleeping on Dean Daughtry of ARS's couch,working a job at a one hour eye wear store that Roy's wife Laine had found for me and I drive this girl I work with home one day and pass something I'd never heard of: A COMEDY CLUB. I show up on open mic night and am informed that you can make more money telling jokes than you can selling glasses. So I go up and do three jokes I'd written and my impression of Richard Pryor's MudBone. I meet my manager Chris DiPetta the same night and here we go. Suddenly Songwriter Boy is a Comedy Man.
The rest of it is a long story.
Scotty Bratcher began playing guitar at an age that it became second nature to him, he was 2. By this time, Stevie Ray Vaughan was impressing the world, and when the 1989 release of Austin City Limits was aired, you can imagine where Scotty was-in front of the television.
Eventually Scotty's father had acquired a few electric
guitars that he let Scotty play as long as he was careful
He ended up, after a while, going to open mic nights at
clubs in the greater Cincinnati area. This was where he
began getting on-stage experience and eventually found band
members to support him.
In the next several years, Scotty sat in with
various bands, one of which posed the opportunity to open for hero Lonnie Mack.
In 2000, he entered the National Jam with Kenny
Wayne Shepherd Contest. In this contest, contestants were to download via computer, KWS's new single of which the lead solo was to be made up by the competitors. Out of 1,200 entries, Scotty received 1st runner up.
Scotty has played with and opened for names like Ted
Nugent, Little Texas, Blue Oyster Cult, Buddy Guy, Joe
Bonamassa, Chris Duarte, Anthony Gomes, Foghat, Lonnie
Brooks, Ronnie and Wayne Baker Brooks, Bob Margolin, Eddie
"the Chief" Clearwater, Lonnie Mack, Walter Trout, .38
Special, Styx, Peter Frampton, Kenny Wayne Shepherd,
Ellis, Lou Graham of Foreigner, Dickey Betts of the Allman
Brothers Band and many more.
Scotty is also an accomplished studio musician who has
recorded with many blues, rock, country, gospel, funk and
even heavy metal artists.
As of 2007 and since, Scotty also joined forces with Noah
Hunt, lead singer for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd band, as the
guitar player and 2nd vocalist of the group The 420
Allstars featuring Noah Hunt
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241 E Kalamazoo Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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