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Tim O'Brien

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.

O'Brien's earliest memories of music are the Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller records favored by his parents and the Lawrence Welk recordings played by a Polish housekeeper. A turning point came when O'Brien began listening to a weekly country music radio show, The Saturday Night Jamboree. Discovering that the show was broadcast from a local theater, O'Brien became a frequent audience member and saw performances by Jerry Lee Lewis, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Roger Miller.

Acquiring his first guitar at the age of 12, O'Brien took to the instrument almost immediately. Although he played with numerous high-school rock bands, O'Brien was steered toward country music and bluegrass by Roger Bland, a banjo-playing patient of a girlfriend's psychiatrist father. A former member of Lester Flatt's band, Bland taught O'Brien to play in the three-finger style of Earl Scruggs. O'Brien had earlier discovered that his father had played mandolin banjo in college, and although his father no longer played the instrument, O'Brien bought new strings and learned a few rudimentary techniques. While attending Colby College in Maine, O'Brien began to play mandolin.

Leaving the college after a year, O'Brien headed to Wyoming and then to Colorado. Before long, he hooked up temporarily with a jug band, Ophelia's String Band. Meeting future Hot Rize bandmates Pete Wernick and Charles Sawtelle, O'Brien formed a bluegrass band, the Drifting Ramblers. Nick Forster, a guitar repairman at the Denver Folklore Center, soon joined the group as well. The band, however, soon drifted apart with O'Brien and Wernick going on to record solo albums. Assembling a new group to help promote the solo recordings, O'Brien, Wernick, Sawtelle, and Forster launched Hot Rize. The band remained together for 12 years. Although their initial sound was very traditional, Hot Rize continued to evolve in a more progressive direction. A popular highlight of Hot Rize's performances came when the four musicians left the stage, changed their clothes, and re-emerged as the Western honky tonk group Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers. The gag continued to grow with the offshoot band recording several albums on their own.

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. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Thanks Pandora for this great Selection. :o)) Again the Lands End selection.
Just LOVE this Piece. Lands end/ Chasin` Talon.
Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you dont post this you will die in 2 days. Now youve started reading so dont stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it works.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Wish he lived next door
Met him and Mollie at voiceworks his year!!
johnholdheid e
My first exposure was seeing both Hot Rize and Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in June of 1983. I rode into town on a 1981 Yamaha 650 Maxim in a major downpour (They only allow motorcycles to go all the way up into the town) and then met a lady from Casper, WY in a downtown bar. You never forget memories like that!
bsandolin
Tim is a great solo performer but his duets with his sister Mollie and Darrell Scott among others just knocks me out. He is a great songwriter and his lyrics grab me as a listener. Besides having a stellar voice he also plays the heck out of a number of various instruments. Fantastic!
Brad Sand
deweytours
Tim O, I am forever a friend, and a FAN
More please!
Holy cow I love me some hillbilly OBrien.
Just stumbled across this artist. Love the purity of the sound.
I can't help but remember late nights with Red Knuckles and the Trailblazer' s after Hot Rize, seen at the Winfield, Kansas bluegrass festival. Great. (Yet I certainly understand Nick & Helen going for a day job...if it can be called that. Blessings on the whole group and esp. Tim & now Molly. Still, just love Gillean Welch.PS Judith S., go girl with Daryl Scott (seen 2x & still love Theater of the Unknown...or is it unheard????)
wgaar
Fantastic song. Agreed about scott. Love to hear him with earle as well. He's highly skilled musician and a fantastic show to see. Wouldn't miss him if he were within 300 miles.
jstahl468
He is one of the best. I miss Hot Rize, though. I like when he sings with Daryl Scott.
dwarncke6
You would be hard pressed to find a more well rounded person in the music business. Tim does it all and makes it look so easy.
ackerbex3
I love this!! Thanks, Pandora, for expanding my musical tastes once again. Does Tim every come out to CA??
Tim is not only a very talented singer, songwriter, and instrumental i s t , but also an all around good humor man. I have never understood fame and fortune. Tim deserves more of both than he has had. I first met him 30 years ago and wish I had been able to hang around him more during my life. His friendship helped me get my priorities right, stretch a little talent further than I would have without his influence, and to keep on pickin'!
I went to high school with his son, who is also a talented singer and dancer. If you've seen Tim live, you've probably seen Joel get called up on stage.
TIM O`BRIEN IS VERY GOOD,HAS A VERY NICE VOICE,LIKE HIS BAND AS WELL,VERY TALENTED GROUP.....
mlstax
This was a very pleasent surprise. I've a new artist to check out now, thanks Pandora.
Tim, You are great! You blow other lyrcists out of the water. My Mom was your boy scout leader on Washington Ave. You go Boy!
fishingqueen 5 0
My husband and I had the pleasure of seeing him in our home town of Charlottesvi l l e Va. What a heartwarming performance he gave. His music touches your soul and appeals to all ages. My hat is off to such a versatile musician.
I've seen him perform live a few times (lucky me), and he is amazingly versatile and wonderfully modest. I happened to see him riding a bike around the Kate Wolf Folk Festival, and I got to tell him how much I enjoy his work. Funny someone who can reach into your chest and fill it up can be such a regular, nice guy. His Real Time with Darrell Scott is a treat, too. Check it out!
What an amazing human! The voice, the talent, the humor, the ability, the good taste! I've been a fan for twenty + years and I never tire of listening to him.

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