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TIM O‘BRIEN & DARRELL SCOTT —WE’RE USUALLY A LOT BETTER THAN THIS (Full Light Records / Thirty Tigers)

 

http://www.darrellscott.com

 

www.timobrien.net

 

 

Singer-songwriters, multi-pickers and sometime producers Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott have toured extensively over the years. Both in their own right and as part of Steve Earle’s Bluegrass Dukes, the Transatlantic Sessions and as in Scott’s case with Robert Plant’s Band Of Joy the two played a great deal together during the late 1990s and early 2000s, and the good news is they are about to go out on the road once again.    

 

Taken from two live benefit shows the accomplished acts performed in 2005 and 2006 for The Arthur Morgan School, a progressive boarding school in the mountains of western North Carolina the music though acoustic —it sounds electric! Such is the atmosphere induced by O’Brien’s relentless probing on mandolin and Scott’s omnipresent acoustic guitar as not only do they mock the album’s title but take musicianship of their idiom to another level. One familiar to only the likes of them; among the performances set to leave you slack jawed is their rubber burning version of Townes Van Zandt’s ‘White Freightliner Blues’ (it is on the conclusion Tim makes the tongue-in-cheek remark) and with their instruments well primed ‘Mick Ryan’s Lament’ (Robert Emmet Dunlap). Then with banjo utilised ‘With A Memory Like Mine’ comes through like it was on the back of a hurricane! A co-write between Scott and his father, Wayne Scott it builds into a powerful, all embracing affair as it gains great momentum to take the curves like it was on a precipice. So keen is the bond between the acts, and spontaneous impulse to throw themselves head long into the fire of creativity it is a case of the music tottering (but always on the right side) on the edge. 

 

Gordon Lightfoot’s great piece ‘Early Morning Rain’ has O’Brien sing a great version with Scott on harmony vocals but the competition on this album is so great it isn't in the top three! As in ‘Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning’ (man, the way their vocals rub off one another is UNBELIEVABLE), ‘You Don’t Have To Move That Mountain’ (Keith Whitley) plus you have Scott’s swirling, feel good ‘Long Time Gone’ (one of three songs they recorded for their album, Real Time) that speaks of how life once was and how isn’t for coming back again. Days when there were lots of small farms and not huge conglomerate owned ones. People were connected mind body and soul to the land then, and though times could be hard the feel of owning and working for the good of the family was worth every drop of sweat. As for Scott's vocals and the playing, it is as good as at anytime on the album and doesn't the audience let them know it! And when it comes to easing their foot off the pedal ‘The Hummingbird’ that speaks of his childhood and of an old Hummingbird guitar. 

 

Tim’s love of old country music; as he used to perform in Colorado bluegrass combo Hot Rize’s alt-ego unit, Red Knuckles & The Trail Blazers gains inclusion. Via Lefty Frizzell’s ‘Mom And Dad’s Waltz’ prior to them producing their tour de force of ‘When There’s No One Around / Will The Circle Be Unbroken’. Killer!!! Follow that, no way. Not even Tim and Darrell were up for taking it on and how wise they were too. 

 

                                                            Maurice Hope 

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December 2018
1
Malford Milligan
75 pts.
Life Will Humble You
Royal Family Records
JF,FB
2
JD McPherson
61 pts.
Socks
New West Records
CVL,DHO,MVP,MB
3
Rosanne Cash
50 pts.
She Remembers Everything
Blue Note Records
WR,BP,JSM,HB
4
Ad Vanderveen
45 pts.
I Was Hank William
Blue Rose Records
TK,LM,BM,JB
5
John Hiatt
44 pts.
The Eclipse Sessions
New West
FC
6
The Yearlings
41 pts.
Skywriting
Lonely Sounds Records
EZ
7
Tip Jar
40 pts.
Onward
Independent
FS
8
Nathan Bell
39 pts.
Loves Bones & Stars
Angry Stick Recording Co.
RB,SZ,PG
9
The Brother Brothers
38 pts.
Some People I Know
Compass Records
BK
10
Richard Dobson
30 pts.
I Hear Singing
Brambus Records
JS,NC
11
Steve Forbert
29 pts.
The Magic Tree
Blue Rose Music
PR
12
J.P. Harris
28 pts.
Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing
Free Dirt Records
TJ
13
The Bottle Rockets
24 pts.
Bit Logic
Bloodshot Records
GS,PKO
14
Rodney Crowell
23 pts.
Christmas Everywhere
New West
 
15
Christian Kjellvander
22 pts.
Wild Hxmans
Tapete
 
16
Erin Costelo
21 pts.
Sweet Marie
Compass Records
PJ
17
Colter Wall
20 pts.
Songs of the Plains
Young Mary's Record
 
18
The Hillbenders
19 pts.
The Hillbenders
Compass Records
FH
19
Eric Bibb
18 pts.
Global Griot
Stony Plain
 
 
Karine Polwart
18 pts.
Laws of Motion
Hudson Records
HH,KG
21
Carson McHone
17 pts.
Carousel
Nine Mile Records
 
 
Malcolm Holcombe
17 pts.
Come Hell Or High Water
Gypsy Eyes Music
MF
23
Ben Bedford
16 pts.
The Hermit's Spyglass
Cavalier Recordings
SP
 
Craig Moreau
16 pts.
A Different Kind Of Train
Independent
MP
 
David Olney
16 pts.
This Side Or The Other
Black Hen Music

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