Tim O'Brien

Born in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1954, Grammy winning singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist Tim OBrien grew up singing in church and in school. After seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music. Tim started touring nationally in 1978 with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize. His songs Walk the Way the Wind Blows and Untold Stories were bluegrass hits for Hot Rize, and country hits for Kathy Mattea. Soon more artists like Nickel Creek, Garth Brooks, and The Dixie Chicks covered his songs. Over the years, Tim has collaborated with his sister Mollie OBrien, songwriter Darrell Scott, and noted old time musician Dirk Powell, as well as with Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, Dan Auerbach and Sturgill Simpson.

Living in Nashville since 1996, OBriens skills on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and banjo make him an in demand session player. He tours throughout the US and abroad, most often with his partner Jan Fabricius on mandolin and vocals. The International Bluegrass Music Association awarded him song of the year in 2006 and named him best male vocalist in 1993 and 2006. He was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2022.

Notable OBrien recordings include the bluegrass Dylan covers of Red On Blonde, the Celtic Appalachian fusion of The Crossing, and the Grammy winning folk of Fiddlers Green. His duet recording Real Time with Darrell Scott is a cult favorite, and he won a bluegrass Grammy as part of The Earls Of Leicester. 2021s He Walked On wove historical and socially conscious themes into songs about ordinary and not so ordinary people just trying to keep it between the ditches.

OBriens newest, Cup of Sugar, drops June 2023. A feel good summertime release with humor on top and deeper meaning just below the surface, it includes 13 new originals about a bear, a fish, lambs, horses, and some people too a grave digger, a neighbor, and even Walter Cronkite. Backed by his loyal bandmates Mike Bub (bass), Shad Cobb (fiddle), his wife Jan Fabricius (mandolin and vocals) and Cory Walker (banjo) and other ace sidemen, Cup of Sugar features a special guest spot from old friend Del McCoury. Cup of Sugar co writers include Ronnie Bowman, Jonathon Byrd, Shawn Camp, Jan Fabricius, and Thomm Jutz.

Tour Dates

04-25-2024Peninsula, OHG.A.R. Hall
04-27-2024Westminster, MDCarroll Arts Center
05-04-2024Fischer, TXNew Folk Old Folk Festival
05-25-2024Grass Valley, CAStrawberry Music Festival
05-26-2024Grass Valley, CAStrawberry Music Festival
06-22-2024Lawrence, KSKaw River Roots Festival
06-23-2024Belle Plaine, KSTree House Concerts
07-28-2024Lyons, CORockyGrass
08-10-2024Lexington, VALime Kiln Theatre
08-17-2024Manchester Center, VTGreen Mountain Bluegrass