TIM O'BRIEN with JAN FABRICIUS; PETE KARTSOUNES opening.
Tim O'Brien with Jan Fabricius, "Little Annie"
TIM O'BRIEN with JAN FABRICIUS:
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. Gaining attention in the 1980s with Colorado’s iconic bluegrass band Hot Rize, O’Brien scored a country hit with Kathy Mattea’s cover of his song “Walk The Way The Wind Blows” in 1986. Soon artists like Nickel Creek and Garth Brooks also covered his songs. Collaborators include his sister Mollie O’Brien, old time musician Dirk Powell and songwriter Darrell Scott, as well as Steve Earle, Bill Frisell, Mark Knopfler and Sturgill Simpson. 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.
O’Brien says his most recent recording He Walked On is about “what you need to do to survive in America.” Covering work, racial issues, and modern technology, its eight originals and five covers offer an expansive portrayal of the nation from its beginnings to the present day. Personnel includes long time band mates Mike Bub (bass), Shad Cobb (fiddle) and Jan Fabricius (mandolin and vocals), along with drummer Pete Abbott, bassist Edgar Meyer, guitarist Bo Ramsey, and gospel singer Odessa Settles.
Other notable O’Brien recordings like the bluegrass Dylan covers of Red On Blonde and the Celtic-Appalachian fusion of The Crossing led to Grammy-winning CDs Fiddler’s Green (2005) and The Earls of Leicester (2014). 2017’s Where the River Meets the Road paid tribute to the music of his native West Virginia. Tim O’Brien performs in a duet setting with his partner Jan Fabricius on harmony vocals. Featuring his solid guitar, fiddle, and mandolin, the shows cover a range of original compositions and traditional arrangements mixed with stories and Tim’s self-deprecating humor.
Pete is an award-winning singer-songwriter, flat picker, and cutting-edge musician’s musician. No stranger to life out on the road, Pete has spent over two decades bringing his voice, guitar and songs to stages all over the world.
A lover of life and beauty, a champion of the power of human-spirit to overcome life's challenges and celebrate the good in life and in us all, Pete's music instills a sense of hope and courage to rise up, make the best of life, and become our all.