In 2005, after 25 years in the music business, Timo Gross decided to stop working for stars and starlets like Chris Norman or Kathy Kelly and to dedicate himself to his solo career from then on. With his enormous creative output, he has since released six solo albums and three collaborations as The Vineyard Sessions with Richie Arndt, Gregor Hilden and Alex Conti, establishing himself in the German blues scene.
The guitarist and singer has long since earned the reputation of being able to easily keep up with the international blues greats – not for nothing have three of his albums already been nominated for the German Record Critics’ Award, until he received the prize in 2012 for Fallen From Grace. In the same year, Gross was also nominated for four German Blues Awards. He also received two nominations for his latest album Landmarks – his tribute to the heroes of his youth.
Musically, Timo Gross is primarily concerned with energy and expression. That has always characterized his playing and singing. Rooted in the blues yet modern, he proves once again that he is an extremely contemporary and versatile guitarist with his own sound and tone. All of his songs and the productions bear his signature. Whether he plays a Strat, a Les Paul or a Firebird, his tone always comes through, is always his own and always individual. This is how he earned his reputation as one of the leading German blues guitarists. His vocals are multi-layered, differentiatedly raw and yet warm. His songwriting has become more polished and sophisticated.
“It’s All About Love” oscillates between dusty and wet, between rough blues rock and subtle Americana. These driving songs are independent, subtly arranged and produced and recorded with high musicality. It is a consistent and logical musical development of Timo Gross’ artistic identity and authenticity.
“Whereas on ‘Landmarks’ he had most recently interpreted some of his favorite songs from the pens of famous colleagues, on his label debut for inakustik Timo Gross once again focuses entirely on original compositions that skilfully move in the field of tension between blues-rock and Americana and sustainably underline his creative potential as a songwriter.” (Good Times, December 2014 / January 2015)