Tim Wilson (1961-2014) was a stand-up comedian and country music artists whose acts typically combined original songs with stand-up comedy. A self-described libertarian, Wilson would sometimes include politics in his comedy routines. He was known as the road dog due to his constant traveling. I personally had the fortune of catching on of his live shows in 2009 when I was visiting the casino at the French Lick Resort in Indiana. He was performing with Donnie Baker. It was a great Labor Day vacation. I got to see one of my favorite comedians and I won a large jackpot that paid for my trip.
Among his most well-known songs are “Garth Brooks Has Ruined My Life” from 1993 and “The Ballad of John Rocker” from 2000.
Throughout his career, he released over a dozen record albums and was a recurring appearance on radio shows such as Big Band Bubba, John Boy and Billy, and The Bob & Tom Show.
He also guested many TV-shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, American Revolution Country Comedy (which aired on CMT), the 2011 Ron White’s Comedy Salute o the Troops (also on CMT), and the 2012 Billy Gardell’s: Road Dogs (Showtime comedy special).
Wilson died of a heart attack on February 26, 2014, age 52. The following year, he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
About Tim Wilson
|Name||Timothy Collins Wilson|
|Stage name||Tim Wilson|
|Birth||August 5, 1961
in Columbus, Georgia, USA
Acoustic guitar player
|Death||February 26, 2014 (aged 52)
in Columbus, Georgia, USA
Timothy Collins Wilson was born in Columbus, Georgia.
For college, he went to South Carolina, where he majored in English at the Presbyterian College in Clinton.
Career in music and comedy
Writing for others
- Wilson co-wrote several parody songs for the comedic country music duo Pinkard & Bowden.
- Wilson also wrote for Jeff Foxworthy’s 1996 single “Redneck 12 Days of Christmas”.
His recording career
Wilson’s recording career started with the Southern Tracks label in Atlanta, with music publisher Bill Lowery. On many of Wilson’s early recordings, we can hear members of the Atlanta Rhythm Section (ARS) play.
Later on, Wilson recorded a lot with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (MSRS) in Muscle Shoals, the largest city in Colbert County, Alabama.
With Muscle Shoals engineer Steve Melton, Wilson co-produced “Allnight Allstars”, a project that appeared on Capitol Nashville and included performances by artists such as Bobby Whitlock, Gregg Allman, Levon Helm, and Jimmy Hall, accompanied by both ARS and MSRS.
Two of Wilson’s four singles charted on the US Country list:
- “Garth Brooks Has Ruined My Life” from the album Though Crowd, released in 1993.
- “The Ballad of John Rocker” from the album Hillbilly Homeboy, released in 2000.
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In 2009, Wilson and Roger Keiss wrote the detective book “Happy New Year – ted” about the serial killer Ted Bundy.
Death & Tribute Show
In February 2014, Wilson drove from a performance in Michigan to visit his brother in their hometown Columbus, Georgia. He started feeling bad during the journey but made it to his brother where his malaise continued. Wilson’s brother took him to the hospital, where he suffered a massive heart attack and died at 9:15 p.m. on February 26.
He was survived by his wife and two children.
The Tim Wilson Benefit Show
On May 9, 2014, The Bob and Tom show arranged The Tim Wilson Benefit Show, a three and half hour long comedy show held at the historic Paramount Theatre in Anderson, Indiana, to honor Wilson and help raise funds for the Tim Wilson Memorial Fund, which has been established for his children and their college educations. Examples of performers who participated in the show were Chick McGee, Kristi Lee, Drew Hastings, Donny Baker, Dr. Gonzo, Heywood Banks, Bob Kevoian, Tom Griswold, Duke Tumatoe, Steve Allee, PJ Yinger, Scotty Bratcher, Rickey Rydell, and footballer Pat McAfee.
Tom Wilson Discography
|1994||Waking Up the Neighborhood||
|1995||Low-Class Love Affair||
|1999||It’s a Sorry World||
|1999||Road Comedy 101||
|1999||Gettin’ My Mind Right||
|2001||I Should’ve Married My Father-In-Law||
|2003||Super Bad Sounds of the 70’s||
|2005||The Real Twang Thang||
|2005||Church League Softball Fistfight||
|2007||But I Could Be Wrong||
|2009||Mr. Wilson Explains America||
|2013||Caffeine Wired, Nervous & Pale||
Wilson released two compilation albums.
The first one was “Songs for the Musically Disturbed:
His (Almost) Greatest Hits” on the Southern Tracks label, released in November 1996.
The second one was “Certified Aluminum: His Greatest
Recycled Hits, Volume 1”, released on Capitol Nashville in 2002. This album peaked at #62 on the US Coutry chart.
Four of Wilson’s albums spawned singles:
|Year||Single||Peak position on US Country||From the album|
|1993||Garth Brooks Has Ruined My Life||#70||Tough Crowd|
|2000||The Ballad of John Rocker||#66||Hillbilly Homeboy|
|2002||The Jeff Gordon Song||Did not chart||Certified Aluminum|
|2003||Booty Man||Did not chart||Super Bad Sounds of the ’70s|