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.

02-07-2016
 
Bury , UK
 
The Met
02-19-2016
 
Charleston , IL
 
Doudna Fine Arts Center
02-20-2016
 
Chicago , IL
 
Old Town School of Folk
02-26-2016
 
Camden , ME
 
Camden Opera House
02-27-2016
 
Hardwick, MA
 
Cultural Center at Eagle Hill
02-28-2016
 
Asheville, NC
 
Diana Wortham Theatre
03-02-2016
 
Reston, VA
 
Reston Community Center
03-04-2016
 
Mt. Vernon, WA
 
Valley College Performing Arts Center
03-05-2016
 
Kahului, HI
 
Maui Arts and Cultural Center
03-08-2016
 
Kamuela, HI
 
Kahilu Theatre
03-09-2016
 
Hilo, HI
 
University of Hawaii
03-10-2016
 
Honolulu, HI
 
Hawaii Theatre
03-12-2016
 
Bremerton, WA
 
Admiral Theatre
03-13-2016
 
Portland, OR
 
Alberta Rose Theatre
03-14-2016
 
Seattle, WA
 
Triple Door
03-16-2016
 
San Francisco, CA
 
Great American Music Hall
03-17-2016
 
Davis, CA
 
Mondavi Center
03-18-2016
 
Chico, CA
 
Laxson Auditorium
03-19-2016
 
Santa Fe, NM
 
Lensic Performing Arts Center
03-20-2016
 
Albuquerque, NM
 
Lobero Theatre
04-05-2016
 
Worthington, OH
 
Natalie’s
04-06-2016
 
Worthington, OH
 
Natalie’s
04-07-2016
 
Evanston, IL
 
SPACE
04-08-2016
 
Stoughton, WI
 
Stoughton Opera House
04-09-2016
 
Bloomington, IL
 
The Castle Theater
04-12-2016
 
East Aurora, NY
 
189 Public House
04-13-2016
 
Toronto, ON
 
Hugh’s Room
04-14-2016
 
Toronto, ON
 
Hugh’s Room
04-15-2016
 
Ann Arbor, MI
 
The Ark
04-16-2016
 
Peninsula, OH
 
Voices in the Valley
04-27-2016
 
Birmingham, AL
 
The Forum Theater
04-28-2016
 
Chattanooga, TN
 
Barking Legs Theatre
04-29-2016
 
Decatur, GA
 
Eddie’s Attic
05-01-2016
 
Wilkesboro, NC
 
MerleFest
05-14-2016
 
Remington, VA
 
Private
06-10-2016
 
Piermont, NY
 
Turning Point
06-11-2016
 
Hudson, NY
 
Club Helsinki
06-12-2016
 
Boston, MA
 
WUMB BBQ
06-16-2016
 
Telluride, CO
 
Telluride Bluegrass Festival
07-09-2016
 
Atlin, BC
 
Atlin Arts and Music Festival
07-10-2016
 
Atlin, BC
 
Atlin Arts and Music Festival
07-29-2016
 
Lyons, CO
 
RockyGrass
 
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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