Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, Tim O’Brien was the youngest of five children. His earliest musical inspirations were the sounds of Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller crackling from his parents’ record player.
O’Brien’s progressive bluegrass band, Hot Rize, came together in 1978 and released several successful albums including Radio Boogie (1981). Their dynamic performances often involve a costume change and a transition to the group’s “alter ego” country band, Red Knuckles and The Trailblazers.
O’Brien has been honored twice, in 1993 and 2006, with the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year Award. He also won a GRAMMY Award for his 2005 album, the Irish-influenced Fiddler’s Green.
His family band, O’Brien Party of 7, formed after an impromptu performance at the Shetland Folk Festival in 2006. The group recently released Reincarnation (2012), an album paying tribute to legendary songwriter Roger Miller.
“Tim O'Brien is one of the great folk and country all-rounders.”—The Guardian
Special Guest Old Man Luedecke, the banjo–playing balladeer behind uplifting tracks like “Proof of Love,” will release a new album in mid-November 2012. This album, Tender is the Night, features his signature playful roots sound.
Tim O'Brien with Special Guest Old Man Luedecke perform on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 8 pm so be sure not to miss this exceptional night of bluegrass at The Barns.