Two GRAMMYs, over 30 albums and a spot in the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame - and that's just the start of Tim O'Brien's storied Bluegrass career. A regular Telluride performer, O'Brien has found himself drawn back year after year to our tiny box canyon.
So he's back yet again! O'Brien will be performing with his band at the Sheridan Opera House Thursday, April 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are still available - don't miss your chance to see this legend live!
Tim O'Brien: Jan and I live in Nashville as do the rest of the band except Patrick who lives near LA.
Tim O'Brien: I play guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and various other fretted strings like Banjo, bouzouki, Mandola, cittern (kinda like a bouzouki which is kinda like a mandolin except bigger).
Tim O'Brien: I started on guitar, and for singing it’s the easiest fit. I kinda based this band around me playing guitar and singing lead. It kinda brings me back home.
Tim O'Brien: Getting to know some of my heroes like Doc Watson, Sam Bush, Norman Blake. Also, having other folks sing my songs is the ultimate compliment. Satisfying to know folks have been listening.
Tim O'Brien: Everyone I’ve ever heard or played with. As a singer and writer as well as a player, the inspiration comes from more places than the musical world. Literature, history, Mother Nature, and there’s always good food!
Tim O'Brien: Getting the first one, for “Fiddlers Green”, was mind-blowing. It was almost embarrassing to realize how bad I wanted one!
Tim O'Brien: It’s a return to my basic routine, and I’m kinda taking a slower pace maybe, taking time to enjoy it. I often make records with a larger cast of players, and then tour as a solo or duo. This recording means to establish a regular touring band, and I think of it as just the start of what we can develop.
Tim O'Brien: Dan has a very cool situation, with a great studio where he goes and writes with various people, he has his own label and he produces the records there. He’s all about just making music, and it seems like he’s set things up so he can just let the world come to him and his music. Writing with him is real comfortable. He sorta pulls things out of you, reminds you that there’s no forcing things. It feels like the right thing to do!
Tim O'Brien: I like “Wind” and “La Gringa Rene” as a little mini set in the middle of the more traditional sounding songs. I like hearing Patrick lay the cold steel to the strings on “Diggin’ My Potatoes”, and I like the way Shad bends the notes on “Drunkard’s Walk”.
Tim O'Brien: I think this June will make my 43’d year performing there. I could say I grew up there except it’s debatable that I ever grew up!
Tim O'Brien: Yeah things have slowly developed and changed, it’s more well ordered in the production and so on. There’s a whole tradition at Town Park campground - themed campsites, special events each night as the festival approaches, that wasn’t there at first. But the mood is the same. There’s a magical combo of a high mountain valley and acoustic music that attracts a special audience. If you make the trip you’re already with the program before you get there.
Tim O'Brien: It’s who I am. It’s pointless to fight the pull of it.
Tim O'Brien: I was a little terrified sitting in with Bonnie Raitt - it was all of a sudden and my fiddle was SO loud. David Byrne’s and Solomon Burke’s sets were transcendent.
Tim O'Brien: Looking forward to hearing this band in the opera house.