Timothy Ross Armstrong was born November 25, 1965. He is an American musician, singer, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the singer/guitarist for the punk rock band Rancid and hip hop/punk rock supergroup the Transplants. Prior to forming Rancid, Armstrong was in the influential ska punk band Operation Ivy. In 1997, along with Brett Gurewitz of the band Bad Religion and owner of Epitaph Records, Armstrong founded Hellcat Records. In 2012, through his website, Armstrong started releasing music that influenced him, along with stripped-down cover songs of his own work under the name Tim Timebomb. He has released at least one song per week since late 2012. Armstrong is also an accomplished and sought-after songwriter for other artists. Armstrong won a Grammy Award for his work with Jimmy Cliff and Pink and he has also worked with Gwen Stefani and Joe Walsh.
Armstrong was born November 25, 1965 and was raised primarily by his mother. He has two older brothers, Jeff and Greg. At the age of five, he met Matt Freeman while playing Little League Baseball in Albany, California. Freeman and Armstrong formed a band many years later based on their shared love of bands such as The Clash and the Ramones. They both went to Albany Middle and High School. Armstrong married musician Brody Dalle in 1997, when she was only 18 and the couple divorced in 2003. Many of the lyrics on the album Indestructible deal with Armstrong’s feelings about his divorce.
Due to their same last names, Armstrong is at times assumed to be the brother of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong whom he once invited to join his band. Though the two are friends, they are not related. Tim’s cousin, Scott, was the guitarist for Canadian punk band Desperate Minds. They did not know each other until they were introduced at a show in Chicago in 1988 by John Jughead of Screeching Weasel. Armstrong’s father, Don Armstrong, died in June 2012 at the age of 81, and Armstrong dedicated many songs on his latest solo album to him.
Tim Armstrong wanted to rock a 12-string version of his distinctive Hellcat Acoustic, one of the best-selling artist models in the history of Fender acoustic guitars, and here it is. The richly resonant Tim Armstrong Hellcat-12 has distinctive features including a solid mahogany top with scalloped X bracing and four-ply tortoiseshell pickguard, “Hellcat” position inlays, 12-fret double-skulls inlay, Fishman® preamp and Armstrong’s signature on the truss rod cover.