Geoffrey Himes. The two redheads are still blending voices, and their third album together, Away out on the Mountain, recalls the special sibling chemistry of Kate & Anna McGarrigle's best recordings. Tim o'brien, the former leader of hot Rize, grew up singing harmonies with his sister Mollie at Catholic folk masses in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Neither o'brien wrote any of the 14 songs on this album, but their choices betray a commitment to the strain of rural American music that runs through the folk, and pop genres, blues, country, bluegrass, marked by an unassuming stoicism in bad times and a wry humor in good. The o'briens sing beautifully--with tim's twangy tenor putting the twist into Mollie's pure, full-bodied soprano--but just as important is their ability to pick great songs and arrange them imaginatively.
Take Me Back
Where The River Meets The Road
His sister mollie o'brien and his partner Jan Fabricius join on background vocals, adding familial continuity from the stories to the recordings as well. O'brien himself opted for fiddle, forsaking his primary instrument mandolin to take more of a background, guitar, and bouzouki, foundational role in the instrumentation, songs, allowing the story, and lyrics to shine.
. Shrink-wrapped. The pure human relating to the album is expertly conveyed by it's stellar lineup of musicians. Fellow west virginia music hall of famer, kathy Mattea sings harmonies on two tracks and country music's current hero of authenticity and grit, Chris Stapleton, contributes his trademark fiery vocals as well.
Where the river meets the road - tim o'brien - grammy award winning singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist Tim O'Brien grew up singing in church and in school, and started playing the guitar at age twelve. Never failing to assemble an exceptional backing band, stuart Duncan on fiddle and mandolin, Bryan Sutton on acoustic guitar, O'Brien calls on friends new and old for musical support, notably Noam Pikelny on banjo, and Chris Scruggs on steel and electric guitar.
After seeing doc watson on TV, he became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music.
Red On Blonde
Audio cD Shrink-wrapped.
Songs From The Mountain
Tim o brien/ dirk powell/john herrmann - sONGS FROM THE MOUNTAIN - CD Shrink-wrapped.
Memories And Moments
Comprising five songs apiece from o'brien and scott plus one memorable collaboration in their timely 'Turn Your Dirty Lights On, ' along with a pair of chestnuts from Hank Williams and George Jones and a spirited rendition of the John Prine classic 'Paradise, ' with its author guesting on guitar and vocals, Memories & Moments is a face-to-face record by design.
Shrink-wrapped. 2013 release, the second studio album from highly regarded writer/singer/multi-instrumentalists Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott.
This album includes such a variety of material; the gospel writing of Reverend Gary Davis, a contempory ballad by Judy Roderick and William Ashford, and Mollie's scat offering of a blues by Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson. When brother and sister tim and mollie do a project together, it is an interesting amalgam of their individual styles and interests - he primarily in acoustic bluegrass and country, she nestled into blues and jazz.
Chicken & Egg
The thirteenth solo album from Grammy-winner Tim O'Brien mixes originals, collaborations, and a handful of outside compositions. O'brien says, "it was time to make a more acoustic record - more along the lines of a bluegrass thing, with an ensemble and not a lot of production: something pretty down-home, featuring a more consistent band.
Most recently, who described him as "a master of american folk music, O'Brien has been performing before capacity crowds in the band of Mark Knopfler, Irish music, Scottish music - it doesn't matter; a fine songwriter and one of my favorite singers. Shrink-wrapped. The earthy wisdom of chicken & Egg's songs are delivered in appropriately spontaneous fashion, largely recorded live in the studio with a core group of collaborators.
Shrink-wrapped. But in the end guy leads the listener back to its beginning, namely Guy Clark, which is what any good 'tribute' should do. I wanted it to sound live. When you've got a catalog like Guy's and you're only doing sixteen tracks, you know each one is going to be strong. Earle and his current, perhaps best-ever Dukes lineup, take on these songs with a spirit of reverent glee and invention.
Back then if you wanted to be where the best songwriters were you had to be in there. Steve earle was nineteen and had just hitchhiked from San Antonio to Nashville in 1974. Flash forward more than forty years. Guy is a saga of friendship, its ups and downs, what endures. Guy clark had moved to Nashville and if you were from Texas, Guy Clark was king.
Steve earle- GUY. In the fall of 2018, steve and the dukes went into House Of Blues studio in Nashville and recorded GUY in six days. We are lucky that earle remembers and honors these things, because like old friends, Guy is a diamond.