When singer-songwriter Tim Flannery plays guitar, he needs to take off his jewelry. Otherwise his three World Series rings might cramp his style. Flannery spent eleven seasons as a fan favorite with the San Diego Padres and eight as third base coach for the San Francisco Giants, where he called runners in to home plate on the way to three World Series wins.
Now retired from baseball, Flannery spends much of his time with his band The Lunatic Fringe, in which Studio West’s own Shawn Rohlf serves as a multi-instrumentalist “utility man,” playing instruments including banjo, mandolin, bass, and electric and acoustic guitars.
Flannery, as you can imagine, has plenty of stories after 34 years in professional baseball and playing music with the likes of Jackson Browne, Bruce Hornsby, Garth Brooks and Jerry Jeff Walker. Last week Comcast Sports in the Bay Area gave Flannery a half-hour slot to tell those tales with a new show called Songs and Stories. The show also features Tim, Shawn and the rest of The Lunatic Fringe playing their soulful tunes. And to keep it all in the Studio West family, our own audio engineer Ben Hasdovic mastered the show’s audio tracks.
Although Songs and Stories isn’t yet available online, check out the video of Shawn and Tim in Studio A performing “San Francisco Love Affair”—one of Shawn’s songs featured on Songs and Stories that has become a favorite in the Bay Area.