At the age of 5, Rick Timmons decided that he couldn't live without a guitar. After three long years spent listening longingly to his mother's collection of Chuck Berry and Everly Brothers records, he finally got his wish. He started his first band, The Rodents, when he was 12, an age at which most kids are still in diapers. Since those formative years, Timmons has played hundreds of live shows at memorable locations such as New York City's CBGB and in Berlin the same week the wall came down.
Having worked alongside bands such as Neutral Milk Hotel and Of Montreal, Timmons is no stranger to modern bands. However, he prefers to expand students' repertoires with the influences behind their favorite artists. "Kids come in with a Kurt Cobain song they want to play, and I ask them, ‘Who did Kurt Cobain listen to?’” he says. “I track it all the way back, like a rock 'n' roll history."