Tim O’Brien – Where The River Meets The Road
Format: CD / Label: Howdy Skies Records
Releasedatum: 31 maart 2017
Tekst: Iain Patience
Tim O’Brien is easily one of the leading US singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalists in the world of modern Americana-cum-bluegrass-cum-country music. For the past thirty-plus years, he has been leading from the front with his excellent, pulsing rhythmic fretwork and fiddle-playing always pushing the music along and providing an-ever melodic vehicle for his crafted lyrics and prismic eye on life’s main themes – love and loss, hope and despair.
‘Where The River Meets The Road’, is more of a biographical effort than usual. Tracks and lyrics mostly focus on his own life and experiences back-home in West Virginia, where worlds collide and fuse together with Appalachian tradition always bubbling through to the surface of everyday life.
Bluegrass has long been a part of O’Brien’s musical core, though he is also known for his forays into the edges of blues, particularly when he was a relative newcomer many years ago. With this release, he turns to the bluegrass world for support once more: Stuart Duncan, Kathy Mattea, Bryan Sutton, fiery Chris Stapleton, and his old musical partner and sister, Mollie, all work together here, bringing their individual and collective touches of sheer class to the mix.
His sixteenth solo release, this album follows on from last year’s ‘Pompadour’, an album that seemed to lack some of the strength normally associated with the Grammy-winning O’Brien. ‘Where The River Meets The Road’, more than makes up for any previous slippage and is another prime example of why O’Brien remains an unmissable, unstoppable force and top-quality festival favourite and recording artist.
01. High Flying Bird
02. Grandma’s Hands
03. Guardian Angel
04. Where The River Meets The Road
05. Friday, Sunday’s Coming
06. When The Mist Clears Away
07. Queen Of The Earth And Child Of The Skies
08. My Old Brown Coat And Me
09. Drunkard’s Grave
10. Windy Mountain
11. Few Old Memories
12. Little Annie
Website: Tim O’Brien
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