2006 has been a good year for Bird and Tines. As of August, they’ve scored 3 ECMA (European Country Music Association) hits.

Rodeo Dust spent 12 weeks on the ECMA Charts peaking at #23.

Mr. Mini Van spent 11 weeks on the ECMA Charts peaking at #22.

Honky Tonk Heaven spent 10 weeks on the ECMA Charts peaking at #39.

Arguably, among today's finest underground songwriters.

Bird and Tines
1989 Waterloo St. (Suite #3)
Vancouver, BC, V6R 3G7
(604) 730-9741
rtines@telus.net

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Ron Tines
1989 Waterloo St. (Suite #3)
Vancouver, BC, V6R 3G7
(604) 730-9741
rtines@telus.net

Influences

Alan Jackson & the Jackson 5, Cash, Crow, Cohen, Woody & Arlo, Petty, Prine, Presley, Reba & the Chicks, G. Clark, Toby, Tyson, Lightfoot, Neil and Joni, Dylan, the Eagles, Leanne Womack & Led Zep

Influences - Tim

Tim respects a wide variety of performers and songwriters: from Alan Jackson to Johnny Cash, from Woody Guthrie to Cheryl Crow, from John Prine to Reba McIntyre, and from Kris Kristopherson to Jo Dee Messina. "I like the songs of Guy Clark, Don Schlitz, Trick Pony, Toby Keith, Ian Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, Jim Croce, CCR, Joni Mitchell, Dixie Chicks, Steve Earl … and so many more.”

Influences - Ron

Ron is a great fan of Leonard Cohen, the Dixie Chicks, Bob Dylan, the Eagles, the Beatles, Gordon Lightfoot, Leanne Womack, Led Zeppelin, Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter, Neil Young, Elvis and Joni Mitchell, to name a few. He likes to think there’s a little bit of each of them in his writing.

Bio

Tim Bird and Ron Tines are graduates of the Vancouver School Board songwriting course. Collectively they’ve written over 200 songs, have won song contests, have had songs placed on hold, and have songs published. They can be seen performing in taverns, honkey tonks and rodeos in British Columbia. While these fellows would love a number one hit, they are perfectly content to patiently wait their turn, and in the meantime enjoy every step of their songwriting journeys.

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TIM BIRD

Tim was born in Goderich, Ontario, Canada: a quiet small-town, farming community, in Canada’s beautiful heartland. Country music, horses and rodeo’s played a large role, in his childhood. His writing is rich, with real images, from these early days. Tim started writing songs as a child, and has never stopped. “In my experience, the best songs are discovered, rather than written. Most of my songs are rooted in real-life experiences and conversations. “I like to travel the back roads. One sure way to find a song, is to follow the asphalt and gravel to small town America. That’s where the best songs are waiting.”

“I respect a wide variety of performers and songwriters: from Alan Jackson to Johnny Cash, from Woody Guthrie to Cheryl Crow, from John Prine to Reba McIntyre, and from Kris Kristopherson to Jo Dee Messina. I like the songs of Guy Clark, Don Schlitz, Trick Pony, Toby Keith, Ian Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, Jim Croce, CCR, Joni Mitchell, Dixie Chicks, Steve Earl … and so many more.”

“There are so many incredible songs that have been written. I just know there are some great one’s that haven’t been written yet. And that’s the beautiful thing about songwriting.”

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RON TINES

Ron Tines was raised in London Ontario, Canada, and moved to sunny Vancouver in 1980s. He’s not sure where his inspiration comes from, but is a great fan of Leonard Cohen, the Dixie Chicks, Bob Dylan, the Eagles, the Beatles, Gordon Lightfoot, Leanne Womack, Led Zeppelin, Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter, Neil Young, Elvis and Joni Mitchell, to name a few. He likes to think there’s a little bit of each of them in his writing.

Ron writes primarily for himself, but “keeps one ear tuned to the radio” and hopes his songs have commercial appeal. “While I would be delighted with a Grammy or a #1 hit, I think of songwriting as more of a passion than an achievement. The real award, or maybe I should say reward is the wonderful rush of elation experienced during the creation of a new song.” He views songwriting as an art form not limited by age or health and figures he has at least another 50 years of good songwriting in him. “I just wonder what kind of songs will be top of the charts in 50 years”.

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