There are a a few singer/songwriters who are primarily songwriters’ songwriters – the average listener may not know them by name but among the average listeners’ favorites, the songwriters’ songwriter is revered. Oregon-based singer/songwriter Tim Hardin who died in 1980 from a heroin overdose is one of those revered singer/songwriters whose work has quietly reverberated and influenced some of the most beloved artists of the past 40-50 years: in her memoir, Just Kids, Patti Smith talks about how much she adored him as a young woman; Johnny Cash covered Hardin’s “If I Were a Carpenter” with June Carter Cash, and it’s just a lovely and sweet cover; Paul Weller; Nico; Rod Stewart; Echo and the Bunnymen; and countless others.
Full Time Hobby Records co-owner Nigel Adams wanted to release an album of contemporary artists covering Hardin’s work, with the hopes that it may introduce a new generation of artists and music lovers to one of the more quietly-kept and influential singer/songwriters of the past 50 years. On Reason to Believe: The Songs of Tim Hardin, bands like the Phoenix Foundation, Okkervil River, Mark Lanegan, and others are enlisted to cover Hardin’s work. Smoke Fairies do a hauntingly eerie and uneasy cover of Hardin’s “If I Were a Carpenter."