Known for his “guttural voice that bears a captivating, rustic quality” (The Northeast Performer) Tim Gearan was raised in New York, yet is lovingly claimed by the legendary Boston music community, where he has been playing music for over 25 years.

Gearan is regularly sought after by countless musicians for his uninhibited, soulful guitar playing, creative soaring abilities and song writing collaborations. Gearan continues to collaborate with an amazement of artists in Boston and beyond.

After 10 years of touring nationally and abroad as a sideman guitarist for Toni Lynn Washington, Gearan began focusing on his song writing, and has been performing his own music with a remarkable band of Boston MVPs since then.

To say Gearan’s fans are loyal and adoring is an understatement; his cast of ever expanding and long-time followers show their devotion by showing up to his weekly residencies week after week. "Tim’s songs are near enough to the source of things that any player wants to get near them, it's like a watering hole, just a natural phenomenon; it's where the critters gather." (songwriter/collaborator, Peter Mulvey)”

And gather they do. Music lovers and Boston’s most prestigious musicians have packed Gearan’s weekly residency at Atwood’s Tavern, a musician-favorite venue in Cambridge, Friday after Friday for 12 years. Tim's residency at Atwood's was awarded the BMA's Best Ongoing Live Residency in 2012, and has had several nominations since then. For 11 years before that, he packed a Monday night residency at the famed Toad in Cambridge.

These days, you can catch Gearan playing his songs at Atwood’s every first and third Fridays with a rotating cast of some of the best musicians Boston has to offer, including Dave Westner on bass, Paul Ahlstrand on saxophone, Scott Aruda on trumpet, Andy Plaisted on drums, Russell Chudnofsky on slide guitar, and Sean Staples on mandolin.

Tim picked up a duo song swap with Christian McNeill every Tuesday at Sally O’Brien’s in Somerville, which will last until McNeill’s departure from Boston in November, which is quickly becoming another local favorite hang. Nate Dow calls is “Pure listening gold” in this blog review:

The Tim Gearan Trio, featuring Scott Aruda on trumpet, and Lou Ulrich on bass, enjoys a monthly residency at Chianti in Beverly, MA on the second Thursday of every month. Gearan can also be seen playing blues guitar with Dennis Brennan and The White Owls on Blue Mondays at Toad in Cambridge. One can easily see why he has been dubbed the "Residency King of The Hub."

Tim is excited to release his new album “I Thought You Were Somebody Else” on June 15th! Somewhere between firmly rooted, literate rock, and dreamscapes for a long drive on a hot summer’s day, this record will at once remind you who you are, and make you forget where you are going. Pre-sales available on iTunes, Amazon and where ever you buy music. You can find Gearan's entire discography at

TV and Film placements:

  • Justified S3 . E13 . April 2012

  • Justified S5 . E5 .   Feb 2014

  • Tomorrow People S1 . E6 .   Nov 2013

  • NCIS: NOLA S3 . E18 . March 2017