Tim O'Brien

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Tim O'Brien is one of the spearheads of contemporary bluegrass. As co- founder and lead vocalist of Hot Rize and Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, O'Brien served as a bridge between the traditional sounds of the hill country and the modern styles of bluegrass in the 1980s. Since the band's breakup, O'Brien has continued to expand the music's borders as a soloist, a duo partner with his sister Mollie, and with his band, the O'Boys. O'Brien's songs have additionally been recorded by Kathy Mattea, the Seldom Scene, New Grass Revival, and the Johnson Mountain Boys.

In addition to his work with those aforementioned bands, O'Brien joined with his sister, Mollie, to record an album of old-timey country songs: 1988's Take Me Back. The two have since collaborated on several other albums. While performing at the Summerlights Festival in Nashville, he also met country music songstress Kathy Mattea. When Mattea subsequently had hits with her covers of his songs "Untold Stories" and "Walk the Way the Wind Blows," O'Brien announced that he was leaving Hot Rize to seek his fortune as a songwriter.

Although O'Brien initially signed as a solo performer with RCA, the contract was doomed, and the label turned down O'Brien's first album attempt before dropping him from their roster. O'Brien went on to sign with bluegrass label Sugar Hill. The O'Boys were formed to help promote O'Brien's solo album, Odd Man In, in 1991. Although Forster was an original member, he left the group to host the National Public Radio show E-Town and was replaced by Scott Nygaard. O'Brien continued releasing solo material through the '90s and into the following decade, including an album of Bob Dylan covers (Red on Blonde), the Grammy-winning Fiddler's Green, and the intimate, stripped-down Chameleon.

  • O'Brien, Tim - Red on Blonde

    O'Brien, Tim - Red on Blonde

    1. Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)
    2. Tombstone Blues
    3. Farewell Angelina
    4. The Wicked Messenger
    5. Father Night
    6. Subterranean Homesick Blues
    7. Everything Is Broken
    8. Man Gave Names to All the Animals
    9. Masters of War
    10. Oxford Town
    11. Maggie's Farm
    12. Forever Young
    13. Lay Down Your Weary Tune
Tim & Mollie O'Brien - Remember Me

Tim & Mollie O'Brien - Remember Me

Do Right To Me Baby

1992

Tim O'Brien and The O'Boys - Oh Boy! O'Boy!

Tim O'Brien and The O'Boys - Oh Boy! O'Boy!

When I Paint My Masterpiece

1993

Darrell Scott & Tim O'Brien - Live! From Folk Radio WUMB, Volume 1

Darrell Scott & Tim O'Brien - Live! From Folk Radio WUMB, Volume 1

I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)

Recorded at the "Dylan Workshop," Boston Folk Festival, 9/22/01

Tim O'Brien & Rhonda Vincent - Sing Along With Putumayo

Tim O'Brien & Rhonda Vincent - Sing Along With Putumayo

I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)

Recorded at the "Dylan Workshop," Boston Folk Festival, 9/22/01

 

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