What separates Pompadour from his previous thematic albums? O'Brien answers by looking back to his first nationally released album. "When I did Hard Year Blues, a friend said, ‘This is kind of like a Chinese menu; there are so many options here. What's the theme?' It was really eclectic. Now, with Pompadour, I've sort of melded things together, like the flavors in a stew.”

Pompadour swirls together bits of bluegrass, deep-roots Appalachian music, field hollers, old-school rock 'n' roll, traditional jazz and even James Brownian funk. ">
Tim O’Brien
It has been four years since Tim’s last solo recording. 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 for a shower. Still, somewhere in O'Brien's vivid imagination, the seeds of Pompadour began to sprout. 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.

Each of O'Brien's solo albums has a distinctive identity. Many have specific themes, including Red on Blonde, an insightful collection of Bob Dylan compositions, and his Grammy-winning celebration of Appalachian music and its Celtic roots, Fiddler's Green. So it is with Pompadour, or at least most of it. "It's kind of a breakup record," O'Brien says. "I separated from my wife four years ago and got divorced a year after that. So there's a breakup, an assessment and ultimately delight at the end."

What separates Pompadour from his previous thematic albums? O'Brien answers by looking back to his first nationally released album. "When I did Hard Year Blues, a friend said, ‘This is kind of like a Chinese menu; there are so many options here. What's the theme?' It was really eclectic. Now, with Pompadour, I've sort of melded things together, like the flavors in a stew.”

Pompadour swirls together bits of bluegrass, deep-roots Appalachian music, field hollers, old-school rock 'n' roll, traditional jazz and even James Brownian funk.

07-27-2016
 
Santa Fe, NM
 
Santa Fe Bandstand
07-29-2016
 
Lyons, CO
 
RockyGrass
08-04-2016
 
Paonia, CO
 
Paonia Town Park
08-06-2016
 
Keystone, CO
 
Keystone Bluegrass and Beer
09-09-2016
 
Brevard, NC
 
Mountain Song Festival
09-10-2016
 
Duluth, GA
 
Red Clay Music Foundry
09-16-2016
 
Winfield, KS
 
Walnut Valley Festival
09-17-2016
 
Winfield, KS
 
Walnut Valley Festival
09-20-2016
 
Nashville, TN
 
Americana Music Conference
09-24-2016
 
Marietta, OH
 
The People’s Bank Theatre
10-07-2016
 
Owensboro, KY
 
International Bluegrass Music Museum
10-15-2016
 
Farmers Branch, TX
 
Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival
10-21-2016
 
Hesston, KS
 
Prairie Window Concert Series
02-25-2017
 
Bellevue, WA
 
Wintergrass
02-26-2017
 
Bellevue, WA
 
Wintergrass
 
Pompadour, 2015
Memories and Moments, 2013
Chicken and Egg, 2010
Chameleon, 2008
Fiddler’s Green, 2005 Grammy Winner
Cornbread Nation, 2005
Traveler, 2003
Two Journeys, 2001
The Crossing, 1999
Songs From The Mountain, 1998
Real Time, 1996
Red On Blonde, 1996
Rock In My Shoe, 1995
Oh Boy, Oh Boy!, 1993
Odd Man In, 1991

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Website:Tim O’Brien
Record Label:www.timanddarrell.com

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