Traveler: The Musical Odyssey of Tim O'Brien
Traveler: The Musical Odyssey of Tim OBrien by Bobbie Malone and Bill C. Malone released by University of Oklahoma Press
For five decades, as a singer, musician, songwriter, and producer, Tim OBrien has ceaselessly explored the vast American musical landscape. While Appalachia and Ireland eventually became facets of the defining myth surrounding him and his music, he has digested a broad array of roots styles, reshaping them to his own purposes. Award-winning biographer Bobbie Malone and premier country music historian Bill C. Malone have teamed again, this time to chronicle OBriens career and trace the ascent of Hot Rize and its broadening and enrichment of musical traditions. Traveler provides the first complete, behind-the-scenes picture of a thoroughly American self-made musical genius, the boy who grew up listening to country artists at the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree and ended up charting a new course through American music.