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Grammy winner Tim O’Brien and his trio come to the Foundry

Grammy winning singer/songwriter Tim O’Brien returns to Nevada County for a special evening at the Miners Foundry. Appearing with Tim are Mike Bub on bass and Bryan Sutton on guitar. Mike is a five time winner of Bass Player of the Year and is a member of the Del McCoury Band. Bryan Sutton – a long time member of Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder – is quite simply one of the finest guitarists touring today.

“This is one of only two California appearances for the Trio before Tim goes on tour with Mark Knopfler in April,” said show presenter Paul Emery. “This will be a very special evening so don’t miss out.”

Tim O’Brien is one of the spearheads of contemporary bluegrass. As co-founder and lead vocalist of Hot Rize and Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, O’Brien served as a bridge between the traditional sounds of the hill country and the modern styles of bluegrass in the 1980s. Since the band’s breakup, O’Brien has continued to expand the music’s borders as a soloist, a duo partner with his sister Mollie, and with his band, the O’Boys. O’Brien’s songs have additionally been recorded by Kathy Mattea, the Seldom Scene, New Grass Revival, and the Johnson Mountain Boys.



O’Brien joined with Mollie to record an album of old-timey country songs: 1988’s Take Me Back. The two have since collaborated on several other albums. While performing at the Summerlights Festival in Nashville, he also met country music songstress Kathy Mattea. When Mattea subsequently had hits with her covers of his songs “Untold Stories” and “Walk the Way the Wind Blows,”

O’Brien announced that he was leaving Hot Rize to seek his fortune as a songwriter.




O’Brien went on to sign with bluegrass label Sugar Hill. The O’Boys were formed to help promote O’Brien’s solo album, Odd Man In, in 1991. O’Brien continued releasing solo material through the ’90s and into the following decade, including the Grammy-winning Fiddler’s Green, and the intimate, stripped-down Chameleon.


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