Tim Stafford - Updated Dec 2023

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Tim Stafford

Tim Stafford is an American professor, songwriter, and guitarist. Tim Stafford has formed many groups like Mountain Memories, The Boys in the Band,  Dusty Miller, Blue Highway, and so on. A Grammy-winning CD, Every Time You Say Good-Bye, was recorded along with Alison Krauss.

Early Life and Childhood

Tim Stafford was born on September 14, 1960, and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee. He is 61 years old. His mother’s Browder side of the family has a musical background, and his twin sisters used to play the piano and sing.

There is no other information about his family. His nationality is American but his ethnicity remains unknown.

From the University of Miami, Tim worked on a Ph.D. in history in the mid-1980s. On the other hand, he taught American History, Western Civ, Appalachian Studies, Mass Communications, and Popular Culture.

Personal Guitar and Banjo Instruction, American Roots Music, and Bluegrass-related classes at various universities  Miami, East Tennessee State, and Appalachian State University.

Tim Stafford – Awards

Blue Highway group is one of the most decorated and influential in bluegrass history, nominated for 3 Grammys, winning a Dove Award, and nearly 30 IBMA Awards.

Tim Stafford was SPBGMA Guitar Performer of the Year in 2001 and 2015.  In December 2016, their CD Original Traditional was nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Bluegrass Album” category.

Tim Stafford

Caption: Tim Stafford with his band members Blue Highway From left to right (Gaven Largent, Shawn Lane, Jason Burleson, Tim Stafford, and Wayne Taylor)(Source: Bluehighwayband)

Likewise, The East Tennessee State University National Alumni Society named Tim a Distinguished Alumnus in the Arts. Similarly, he has produced many award-winning records for various artists.

Tim Stafford – Net Worth 2023

His main source of income is songwriting and playing guitar. Other than these he did many odds jobs. Though Tim’s salary is never disclosed to any media his estimated net worth of $100k-$1million.

Professional Life

For almost five decades of his life, he worked truly professionally. He is a prolific songwriter and wrote over 250 songs. He was named IBMA’s Songwriter of the Year in 2014 and 2017.

Additionally, he is a studio musician, having recorded with over 75 artists in addition to Blue Highway, including Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Jorma Kaukonen, Jesse McReynolds, Marty Raybon, Joe Isaacs, Ronnie Bowman, Charles Sawtelle, and many others.


Caption: Tim Stafford in the studio recording having a break (Source: Bluegrasstoday)

His first solo released EndlLineline in 2004 on FGM Records to critical acclaim. It was nominated for IBMA’s Instrumental Recording of the Year in 2005.

His second release was in July 2014Just to Hear the Whistle Blow, while his third, Acoustic Guitar, was released in September 2017.


Caption: Tim Stafford Solo release cover 2004 (Source: Timstaffordguitar)

In the year 2010, he co-authors the book  Still Inside: The Tony Rice Story, of living legend Tony Rice. Likewise, he produced many award-winning records for various artists, including Kenny Chesney, The Infamous Stringdusters (IBMA 2007 co-album of the Year), and Knee Deep in Bluegrass, the Acutab Sessions (IBMA 2001 Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year).

He has taught at nearly every bluegrass-oriented camp, including Rockygrass Academy, Camp Bluegrass (South Plains College, TX), Augusta Heritage, Wintergrass Academy, and so on.

Personal Life

His legally married wife is Janet Stafford. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. Seem like he wants to be very content with himself.

To sum up his physical features only his curly blond gray hair with brown eyes are available. That is why he has no social media account.