Monday, August 31, 2015

Tim O'Brien Transforms With Pompadour

Tim O’Brien Transforms With Pompadour
Channels His Inner James Brown

Short Order Sessions Serves Up Monthly Specials
Fans Order Decadent Arrangements

New CD Out October 30th On Howdy Skies Records

"…classic-sounding material stamped with his own perceptive personality" - The Wall Street Journal

Multi-award winning bluegrass-folk-singer-songwriter Tim O’Brien greases the musical wheel with Pompadour set to release on October 30th on his label Howdy Skies Records. Produced and recorded by O’Brien, he continues to meld his love for the traditional sounds of bluegrass and country with his dash of modern that finds him in a new place in life.

“…there’s a breakup, an assessment and ultimately delight at the end,” Tim O’Brien states,
but then concludes that, “It’s just me now.”

It’s been four years since the last Tim O’Brien solo record, and he has not sat idle. He’s been fronting, piloting and performing with folks like Steve Martin and Mark Knopfler to Hot Rize and Earls of Leicester, a group that includes dobro-master, Jerry Douglas. He’s achieved award-winning success, played with a vast grouping of musicians and yet the solo work keeps tugging at his feet.

Click on Tim 
to hear the song: 
"I'm A Mess For You"

The seeds of Pompadour took root about three years ago when O'Brien welcomed his New Zealand traveling colleagues to Nashville. "Gerry Paul is a guitarist from Wellington, New Zealand, and Trevor Hutchinson is a bassist from Dublin, Ireland," O'Brien says. "We grabbed a couple of days and recorded. This album was meant for the three of us to tour behind, but a lot of other things got in the way. And Gerry and Trevor both play with various bands, so I decided to finish it up on my own."

Pompadour swirls together bits of bluegrass, deep-roots Appalachian music, field hollers, old-school rock 'n' roll to traditional jazz and even James Brownian funk. The same applies to the perspectives from which O'Brien addresses the central theme. The spare lyrics of "I Gotta Move" and use of everyday images on "I'm A Mess For You" imply rather than spell out a story of loss and redemption. A steady-rockin' groove drives the classic trope of asking a doctor for a cure to heartache on "Give Me A Little Somethin' Take Her Off My Mind."

O’Brien hopes this release will touch his listeners more personally than much of today's new music. "This album feels really good to me," he sums up. "I love collaborating with other people, but I also like to stretch out and achieve things I might be best able to do on my own. It hangs together and tells a story. It's honest. It shows who I am as a person as well as a musician. That's something I can be proud of."

Short Order Sessions is an online shop that releases two download tracks each month on Amazon, iTunes, and other digital outlets. “I was inspired by Mo Ash and his Folkways vision. He recorded tons of stuff, down and dirty, and kept it all in print. He dodged commercial pressure somehow and was still able to do his own thing. I was thinking; Friends come to town, and we might jam at my house, and I’ve often thought it would be great to catch some of those moments. And I had these tracks in the can and ideas for others. The digital delivery system has changed everything, and I figured - why not carve my own model? In a way, the Pompadour CD is really just a way to advertise SOS.”  For more info:

Tim started this lifelong career when he told his mother that he knew 200 songs, and that was enough to get him through. He has done pretty well, don’t you think?
There will be a support tour starting in October and Tim is booked by Mongrel Music. Brad Hunt will handle radio.

You can view all things O’Brien at his website:

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HOT RIZE SHOWCASE - Americana Music Assoc. Festival/Conference
9/17 Station Inn - 12 Midnight - Nashville, TN

9/3        Brunswick, ME                 Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Special 
9/4        Woodstown, NJ               Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival Salem County Fairgrounds       
9/6        Pagosa Springs, CO         Four Corners Folk Festival
9/18      Louisville, KY                   The Clifton Center            
9/19      Bristol, TN                        Bristol Rhythm, and Roots Reunion Downtown   
9/25      Berryville, VA                   Watermelon Park Festival
9/26      Winona, MN                    Boats and Bluegrass Prairie Island  
10/2      Chattanooga, TN             3 Sisters Music Festival Ross' Landing    
10/9      Silk Hope, NC                  Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival         
10/16    Farmers Branch, TX         Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival Farmers Branch Historical Park

10/9      Silk Hope, NC                  Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival         
10/29    Charlottesville, VA           The Southern CafĂ© and Music Hall
10/30    Washington, DC               The Hamilton
10/31    Annapolis, MD                  Ram’s Head                      
11/1      Sellersville, PA                   Sellersville Theater
11/4      Cambridge, MA                Club Passim
11/5      Fall River, MA                   Narrows Center for the Arts
11/6      Hamden, CT                      Spaceland Ballroom
11/7      Brownfield, ME                Stone Mountain Arts Center
11/8      Nashville, TN                     Station Inn w/ Old Man Luedecke 
11/11    Hesston, KS                       Prairie Windows Concert Series
11/12    Tulsa, OK                            Tulsa Little Theatre
11/13    Ft. Worth, TX                    The Live Oak
11/14    Fischer, TX                         Fischer Festival

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