Tim O’Brien – Where the River Meets the Road
Howdy Skies Records – 31 March 2017
Born in Wheeling, West Virginia on March 16, 1954, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and multi -instrumentalist Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school, and after seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music. Tim first toured nationally in the 1980’s, with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize. Kathy Mattea scored a country hit with his song “Walk the Way the Wind Blows” in 1986, and soon more artists like Nickel Creek and Garth Brooks covered his songs. Over the years, Tim has released 15 solo CDs, as well as collaborations with his sister Mollie O’Brien, songwriter Darrell Scott, and noted old-time musician Dirk Powell. He has performed or recorded with Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, Bill Frisell, and Steve Martin, and produced records for Yonder Mountain String Band, David Bromberg, and Canada s Old Man Luedecke.
His newest release, “Where the River Meets the Road”, features songs from his native West Virginia. Bluegrass and Americana covers from songwriters Hazel Dickens Billy Edd Wheeler, and Bill Withers sit alongside heartfelt autobiographical originals, with help from collaborators like Chris Stapleton, Kathy Mattea, Stuart Duncan, and Noam Pikelny.
Other notable O’Brien recordings include the bluegrass Dylan covers of “Red On Blonde”, the Celtic-Appalachian fusion of “The Crossing”, and the Grammy-winning folk gem, “Fiddler’s Green.” O’Brien formed his own record label, Howdy Skies Records, in 1999, and launched the digital download label Short Order Sessions (SOS) with his partner Jan Fabricius in 2015. He has two sons, Jackson (34) and Joel (26), and has lived in Nashville since 1996. Hobbies include cooking, skiing, and playing traditional Irish music.
O’Brien’s solo shows feature his solid guitar, fiddle, and banjo, along with his engaging vocals and harmony from Jan Fabricius. Expect a range of original compositions and traditional arrangements from his many discs, mixed with stories and Tim’s self-deprecating humour.
While we’ve no new sounds to share with you from the album just yet, this 2015 all-star folkie cast session seems as good as any to re-visit – Dance you Hippy Dance
Tim O’Brien UK Dates – May 2017 (with Kaia Kater*)
Wed 3rd May, LEICESTER – The Guildhall
Thur 4th May, LONDON – Bush Hall
Sun 7th May, BALTIMORE –Baltimorer Fiddle Fair
Fri 12th May, SLIGO – Hawkswell Theatre
Sat 13th May, FINGAL – Seamus Ennis Arts Centre
Wed 17th May, GLASGOW – St Andrew’s in the Square*
Thu 18th May, EDINBURGH – Teviot Debating Hall*
Fri 19th May, SALTAIRE – The Live Room*
Sat 20th May, BURY – The Met*
Sun 21st May, SHEFFIELD – Greystones*
*With Kaia Kater