It has been four years since O’Brien’s last solo recording, but between collaborations with Darrell Scott, the recent Grammy winning recording with Jerry Douglas’s Earls of Leicester, and the rebooting of Hot Rize, he’s barely had time to breathe. Still, somewhere in O’Brien’s vivid imagination, the seeds of his newest album, Pompadour, began to sprout, and the fruits of his recent wanderings, music making and worldly observations have blossomed into eleven exquisitely varied, true-to-life and above all musical tracks.
In 2014, O’Brien won a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for The Earls of Leicester and previously in 2005 won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for Fiddler’s Green. In 1993 and 2006, O’Brien was honored with the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year award. His band Hot Rize was the IBMA’s first Entertainer of the Year in 1990. O’Brien was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
The Wall Street Journal has characterized O’Brien’s work as “classic-sounding material stamped with his own perceptive personality.”
Tim O’Brien performs Friday June 24 at 8:00 PM, doors open at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $35 to the general public, $32 for members, and $17 for students and children (under 18), with premiums applying in the first four rows of seating. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.