“It’s hard to not be happy when you’re listening to Tim Cheesebrow–and easy to remember the things that matter most.”
– Peter Mayer
“Tim Cheesebrow represents a wonderful marriage of passion and knowledge in a song-writing educator.  After working with Tim, students will possess the knowledge to recreate the creative process throughout their lives.”
– Michael Moeller – Band Director, Mahtomedi High School
“A critically acclaimed Minnesota favorite…”
– Northfield News


Tim started writing songs in the 90’s as a way to make sense of the world. He studied the craft in earnest while getting his degree in classical music composition, and cemented his style while volunteering at a monastery and school near New Orleans.

20 years later and he’s still at it, playing over 120 shows per year. He now has seven full-length solo albums under his belt, a published book on songwriting, a studio, a music education non-profit, and is showing no signs of slowing down.

His music layers an eclectic mix of styles to create a sound with modern grooves, catchy melodies, and a sense of being grounded in deep roots. He’s known for his percussive guitar work, capo-wizardry, and an expressive voice big enough to fill any room.

Tim’s lyrics are heartfelt and honest, bringing audiences with him to explore concepts of family, self-doubt, hope, grief, and the many facets of love. He looks to music as a source of healing and puts that magic to work at each performance so listeners leave with more than they expected to find. Tim’s calm and passionate presence, combined with his thoughtful song-craft, make him a favorite of intimate listening rooms.

Tim is the author of Songwriting for Wellness: Using Music to Heal the Mind

Here are links to some of the people and organizations that have supported my music professionally. Check them out!

Organica Studios – Andy Crowley, Audio Engineer, Pianist, Mastering Engineer

Steve Rinker, Pinpoint Local – SEO Company

Above Pete’s Garage – Studio/Charity

Ted Hajnasiewiscz – Singer/Songwriter

McCauley Media – Media Company

Mr. People – Media Company

Sailor Jerri – Singer/Songwriter

Shoop! – Vocal Jazz Band

CHUX Printing – MN Printing Company

Veni Graphics – MN Design and CD Duplication Company

New Folk Records – Label

Essential Sessions Studios

The Villa Studios

Universal Music Center – School

Tinderbox Music – Publicist

ASCAP – Performing Rights Organization

Midwest Country Music Association – Community

Chef Earl’s BBQ – Crew member

JD Steele – Mentor

Adam Levy – Mentor

Peter Mayer – Mentor

No Grass Limit – Band

Simon Husbands – Radio Personality KFAI

Matthew Griswold – Songwriter

Carl Unbehaun – Radio personality, MN HomeBrew

John Wright – bass / sound engineer

Mark Healey – Mastering

Dan Neale – Guitar

Toby Lee Marshall – Keyboards

Katy Gearty – Vocals

Sarah Morris – Vocals

Mike Arturi – Drums

Joe Filipovich – Guitar

Steve Sullivan – Guitar

Pete McCauley – Mandolin

Ryan Hays – Bass

Joe Peterson – Piano / Organ

Phil Nusbaum – Banjo

Kevin Gastonguay – Piano

Peter Ostroushko – Mandolin/Fiddle

Marc Anderson – Percussion

Katy Vernon – Singer/Songwriter

Dan Newton – Accordion

John Schjolberg – Pedal Steel

Jack Brass Band

Brett Schimke – Composer/Arranger

Matt Blake – Bass

Emily Buss – Journalist

Minnesota Music Coalition – Artist Services

Blackbird Music – Retail / Repair

Sarah Schneemann – Album Artist

Lucas Larson – Sound Engineer for “The Moments Between”

George Maurer – Mentor

DEMO – Diverse Emerging Music Organization

The ADS Group – Duplication and Printing Services

Cheesebrow Photography – My wife

Bevans Design – Graphic Design

Pierce Pettis – Singer/Songwriter

Centerstage Productions – Live production

Breedlove Guitars – Makes my guitars

Vig Guitars – My repair shop

Sennheiser – Makes the mic’s I use

TC Helicon – Makes my vocal preamps

QSC – Makes my live sound equipment