Dan Tyminski

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Dan Tyminski
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Dan Tyminski in 2010 at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City
Background information
Birth name Daniel John Tyminski[1]
Born (1967-06-20) June 20, 1967 (age 48)
Rutland, Vermont, United States
Genres Bluegrass
Occupation(s) Singer, musician
Years active 1988–present
Labels Doobie Shea, Rounder
Website dantyminski.com
Notable instruments
1946 Martin D-28

Daniel John "Dan" Tyminski (born June 20, 1967) is an American bluegrass composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist. He is a member of the band Alison Krauss and Union Station and has released two solo albums, Carry Me Across the Mountain (2000), on the Doobie Shea Records label, and Wheels (2008), on the Rounder Records label.[2]

He is best known for his updated version of the song "Man of Constant Sorrow," which was featured in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? and won the 2001 CMA award for best single as well as a Grammy Award for best Country Collaboration with Vocals (along with Harley Allen and Pat Enright, filling out the vocals for the movie's Soggy Bottom Boys). In total, he has won 14 Grammy awards[3] for solo and collaborative projects. More recently, he was the vocalist on Avicii's international hit "Hey Brother" from the album True.

Early life[edit]

Tyminski was born June 20, 1967 in Rutland, Vermont and plays a bluegrass style that blends traditional and pop traditions. Before becoming a member of Union Station in 1994, Tyminski played mandolin and sang in the Lonesome River Band. Though Tyminski's love and feel for traditional bluegrass did not come from growing up in the southern Appalachians, he absorbed and learned the music just the same. He credits his brother Stan with getting him hooked on the guitar and mandolin at the age of six. While Stan was in the Navy and home on leave, he left his mandolin with his younger brother.

While in high school Dan and his brother formed a band called Green Mountain Bluegrass. Dan played the banjo with that band for nearly five years. Dan says that he was primarily a banjo player from the time he was twelve until he was in his early twenties. When he was 21, Dan was hired to play mandolin in the Lonesome River Band, a role that lasted five years.

Personal life[edit]

Music career[edit]

Early career[edit]

While he was still with the Lonesome River Band, Dan got a call from Alison Krauss asking him to join her band. Tyminski attributes his love for traditional bluegrass to such musicians and singers as Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Larry Sparks and Jimmy Martin. Tyminski and Ron Block played together at the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival. They performed "I am a Man of Constant Sorrow" and "Road to Nash Vegas".

2008–09: Wheels[edit]

While Alison Krauss and Union Station were on hiatus, owing to Alison Krauss' tour with Robert Plant, Tyminski formed his own group, the Dan Tyminski Band. The ensemble featured Tyminski on guitar, Ron Stewart on banjo, Adam Steffey on mandolin, Justin Moses on fiddle and dobro, and Barry Bales on upright bass. An album, entitled Wheels, was released on Rounder Records in June 2008. Tyminski played Martin and Bourgeois guitars and Sim Daley played mandolins. In July 2009 the Martin Guitar Company issued, as part of their Custom Artist Series, a D28 Dreadnought acoustic guitar in recognition of Dan's life devoted to performing bluegrass and old-time music. The guitar, named Martin D-28 Dan Tyminski Custom Edition, was issued with its own distinctive details to appeal to flatpickers.[4] For many years Dan's primary guitar has been a well worn 1946 Martin D-28.

2013–present: "Hey Brother"[edit]

At the Ultra Music Festival 2013, he premiered a new single, "Hey Brother", as part of a country-electronic collaboration with Swedish producer Avicii. The song was a Top 5 hit in more than 15 countries, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Macedonia and the United Kingdom.



Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Grass US Country US
Green Mountain Bluegrass
  • Release date: 1985
  • Label: Trackdown Records
Carry Me Across the Mountain
  • Release date: June 27, 2000
  • Label: Doobie Shea
  • Format: Digital download, CD
  • Release date: June 17, 2008
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Format: Digital download, CD
1 32 10
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Hey Brother"
(Avicii featuring Dan Tyminski)[A]
2013 16 2 1 4 1 1 1 4 1 2 2 True
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.




  • A ^ "Hey Brother" officially credited only to Avicii.


  1. ^ "Tyminski Daniel John". BMI Repertoire. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  2. ^ AllMusic Discography
  3. ^ Grammy Past Winners Search
  4. ^ The Sounding Board: D-28 Dan Tyminski Custom Artist Edition
  5. ^ Peak positions in Australia:
  6. ^ Peak positions in Austria:
  7. ^ Peak positions in Denmark:
  8. ^ Peak positions in Germany:
  9. ^ Peak positions in the Netherlands:
  10. ^ Peak positions in Norway:
  11. ^ Peak positions in New Zealand:
  12. ^ Peak positions in Sweden:
  13. ^ Peak positions in Switzerland:
  14. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in the UK:

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