Timothy Hay

Timothy Hay

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Rootsy blues rock with a twang. Songs of the West sung in voices of those who have walked many a mile down the lost highway.


Heeding Horace Greeley’s time honored advice, Timothy David Severns lit out for Western skies upon completion of high school and over the course of 20 years became one of the Four Corner region’s premiere backcountry guides. Surprisingly, despite the geographical isolation, he was able to nurture his lifelong passion for music as both a singer and a harmonica player. Playing to coyotes and campfires, he began to develop his own unique musical style, often crafting songs inspired by the colorful characters he encountered while traversing the crossroads and lost highways of the American West. Graduating from the campfire, he began performing in small town saloons and ski town pubs in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and Utah with a variety of blues, country, roots, bluegrass and rock ensembles. Reacquainting himself with an old college friend, Dave Seiger while visiting Park City, Utah, he began to concentrate on writing and performing original material. Performing as a duo, Seiger and Severns played to acclaim including several high profile appearances at the Sundance Film Festival. Dave’s sudden passing from an undisclosed heart condition tragically ended their musical endeavor necessitating Timothy leaving his beloved mountains and canyons to continue his musical vision elsewhere. Timothy returned to his ancestral home, a city, not coincidentally, with a rich musical heritage: Chicago. Quickly immersing himself in the vibrant local music scene, he was befriended by many of the Windy City’s finest musicians and began their enlistment to record an album. Off all the new found alliances none were more important than multi-instrumentalist and home studio wizard, Derrick Procell. Forging a musical partnership, Derrick and Tim began to record, edit, mix and master tracks culminating in The Timothy Hay Wreckerd!. Old but new, strange yet familiar, The Timothy Hay Wreckerd! is a genre-bending hodgepodge of American music styles. It is a journey through a mythic landscape populated by the forsaken, the forlorn and the unforgiven; bootleggers, drifters, outlaws and river hobos. Recorded at numerous locations, using a trove of musicians from all over the country and a variety of sources (including some tracks featuring Dave Seiger), The Timothy Hay Wreckerd! is a tribute to America’s rich musical tapestry and those who dedicate their lives adding to it.


The Timothy Hay Wreckerd!

Set List

We typically play originals which includes the following:

Anna Lee
Momma’s New Handyman
Feral Beast
Any Place Is Better
The Garbage Man
Ain’t Seen My Baby
Flatbed Floyd
Song Of The River Hobo
At The Bar Again
I’ll Never Miss You
Real Good Time
Jimmy Jump Quick
Trailways Station
From Out Of Nowhere
Country Mile

Additionally we play covers (and requests!) in a variety of genres including the following:


Walkin’ Blues
She Caught The Katy
Baby What You Want Me To
Help Me
Sweet Home Chicago
Mojo Workin’
99 Years Blues
Kansas City/Bye, Bye Baby
Stormy Monday
Stop Breaking Down
Killing Floor
One Way Out
Champagne & Reefer
Key To The Highway
Statesboro Blues
High Heeled Sneakers
Don’t Go No Further
San Francisco Bay Blues
Mean Old World
Hootchie Coochie Man
Done Somebody Wrong
Tore Down
My Babe
Sky Is Crying


Folsom Prison
Cocaine Blues
Move It over