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.

Tour Dates

02-25-2017Bellevue, WAWintergrass
02-26-2017Bellevue, WAWintergrass
03-07-2017Decatur, GAEddie’s Attic
03-08-2017Asheville, NCThe Grey Eagle
03-09-2017Carrboro, NCCat's Cradle
03-10-2017Harrisonburg, VACourt Square Theatre
03-11-2017Northampton, MABackporch Festival
03-12-2017Northampton, MABackporch Festival
03-23-2017Richmond, VACapital Ale House
03-24-2017Sellersville, PASellersville Theater
03-25-2017Frostburg, MDFrostburg Palace Theatre
03-26-2017Charleston, WVMountain Stage Radio
04-05-2017Portland, ORAlberta Rose Theatre
04-06-2017Seattle, WATractor Tavern
04-07-2017Berkeley, CAFreight and Salvage
04-08-2017Sebastopol, CASebastapol Community Center
04-11-2017Worthington, OHNatalie’s
04-12-2017Newport, KYSouthgate House Revival
04-13-2017Ann Arbor, MIThe Ark
04-14-2017Kent, OHThe Kent Stage
04-25-2017Bergen Op Zoom, NLCrossroad Sessions
04-28-2017Amsterdam, NLParadiso
04-30-2017Utrecht, NLCloud Nine / Tivolivredenburg
05-01-2017Eindhoven, NLMineer Frits
05-03-2017Leicester, UKGuildhall Lane
05-04-2017London, UKBush Hall
05-17-2017Glasgow, UKSt. Andrews In The Square
05-18-2017Edinburgh, UKThe Teviot Debating Hall
05-19-2017Saltaire, UKThe Live Room @ Caroline Social Club
05-20-2017Bury, UKThe Met
05-21-2017Sheffield, UKThe Greystones
06-15-2017Telluride, COTelluride Bluegrass Festival
06-16-2017Telluride, COTelluride Bluegrass Festival
06-17-2017Telluride, COTelluride Bluegrass Festival
06-18-2017Telluride, COTelluride Bluegrass Festival
07-15-2017Mount Solon, VARed Wing Roots Music Festival
08-26-2017Black Mountain, NCJam In The Trees-Pisgah Brewing