Based in Boston, MA, Tim is an international touring musician, session drummer, published author, and educator. He currently performs and tours with GA-20, an electric blues trio signed with Karma Chief/Colemine records, and Matthew Stubbs and The Antiguas. In 2019, Tim also formed Tim Carman & The Street 45s, a world-groove inspired funk band signed to Mint 400 records. In 2019 Tim Carman & The Street 45s were nominated for “Jazz Act of the Year” by the Boston Music Awards.
In 2017 and 2018, Tim toured with Julie Rhodes, soul singer extraordinaire, declared 2016's "Best New Artist" by the Boston Music Awards, 2017's "Musician of the Year" by the Improper Bostonian, and 2017's "Female Vocalist of the Year" and "Americana Artist of the Year" by the Boston Music Awards. From 2015 to 2017 Tim worked as a session musician in Los Angeles, performing with a variety of artists including Sheldon and Cunnane (jam band duo), Violet Wine (indie rock), Valley Shine (folk pop), The Elizabeth Kill (alternative rock), The Pot Luck (jazz quartet), Roberto Hermosillo (Latin pop), Mother Jones (funk/rock), and guitarist Christy Calabro (Brett Michaels, Poison).
Along with performing, Tim is a dedicated educator with over ten years of teaching experience. In 2017 Tim released his first drum set method book titled "Shape Beats for Kids." Published by Alfred Music, the book utilizes shapes to teach young students basic beats that they can use to play along with popular songs. Currently, Tim is working on his second book loosely titled "Groove Systems: Coordination Exercises for the Modern Drummer."
Tim was born in a rural suburb of Boston and raised on the sounds of americana, rock, blues, and jazz. An avid performer since his early teens, Tim shared his time between big band performances with the Rivers High School Jazz Band and rock shows in local Boston basements and clubs with his older brother. After receiving a Bachelor's degree from Hamilton College in History and Music, and a Diploma from Berklee College of Music, Tim could be seen performing with artists such as the Tokyo Tramps--led by guitarist/singer Satoru Nakagawa, two-time winner of the Massachusetts Blues Society solo/duo challenge--as well as Eric and the French Quarter--awarded best R&B/Blues Act in Providence by the Phoenix in 2011.
Photo above by Kesey Carman. Photos on "Home Page" By Alison Kaiser and Gary Alpert, respectively.