||Ireland's Green Shore||Tim O'Brien||4:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Mountaineer Is Always Free||Tim O'Brien||3:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Crossing||Tim O'Brien||2:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Into the West||Tim O'Brien||4:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Wagoner's Lad||Tim O'Brien||4:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Down In the Willow Garden||Tim O'Brien||4:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Kid On the Mountain||Tim O'Brien||4:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Lost Little Children||Tim O'Brien||3:35||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ireland's Green Shore (Instrumental)||Tim O'Brien||2:13||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||John Riley||Tim O'Brien||5:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Rod McNeil||Tim O'Brien||3:19||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Cumberland Gap||Tim O'Brien||2:25||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Talkin' Cavan||Tim O'Brien||4:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Ribbon In Your Hair||Tim O'Brien||4:14||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Yew Piney Mountain||Tim O'Brien||3:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Wandering||Tim O'Brien||4:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
It might be a cliché to say that to understand where you are and where you're going, you must know where you've been, but it's a very accurate cliché — especially when it comes to music. If you're going to have a thorough understanding of the history of country, bluegrass, and Anglo-American folk, it's important to have some knowledge of the music that paved the way for those forms — namely, the music that immigrants from the British Isles brought with them to the U.S. On The Crossing, singer/instrumentalist Tim O'Brien does a fine job reminding listeners how great a role Celtic music played in the development of Anglo-American styles. As a vocalist, O'Brien shows how Irish and Scottish ballad traditions have influenced American folk and country, and as an instrumentalist, O'Brien (who plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and other instruments) shows how the jigs and reels of Ireland and Scotland paved the way for Appalachian bluegrass. A fine storyteller, he describes the experiences of Irish immigrants to the U.S. on gems like "The Crossing" and "Lost Little Children" — and on the humorous, Bob Dylan-influenced "Talkin' Cavan," O'Brien (himself an Irish-American from West Virginia) recalls traveling to Ireland in 1998 to visit the land of his ancestors. This CD is not to be missed.
a turning point
I discovered Tim O'Brien with "Songs from the Mountain," a razor perfect CD of Old-Time music inspired by the Charles Frazier novel, Cold Mountain. His voice and his sense of time changed the way I thought about traditional music, how it could sound so present, so right now. My girlfriend at the time was working for Alula Records and gave me a copy of The Crossing before it came out. The "hook" to the record was that it was a re-connecting of Celtic and American mountain music, and it absolutely achieves those ends with a knock-out punch. What floored me, though, was that Tim was writing some of the songs. I knew him as a gripping singer, a breath-taking musician, and then, here he stood as a classic songwriter, blending seamlessly with traditional songs that had been handed down for centuries. I never looked back. Tim O'Brien's work is vastly important to the future history of American music. The Crossing was a turning point for me in understanding that.
Crisp & Tight yet Relaxed. He's singing to you.
You want this one. One of the best manolin players strays into some Irish influences and produces a masterpiece. What a deal for the whole album.
A Spectacular Recording
One of the finest concerts I've ever heard was Tim O'Brien and the original crew that recorded this CD on their tour. Have you heard Tim O'Brien before? Then buy this recording. You won't be disappointed. If you haven't heard Tim before, this is a great start to undertstand the depth of this artist. Bluegrass, Celtic, American Folk, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, original or cover song, whatever, he plays it and rips it up. Tim is one of the greatest modern American acoustic performers, and this recording shows why. I never tire of listening to him sing and play. I'm sure you won't either. If you need to listen to something to understand this CD, try out a clip of "A Mountaineer Is Always Free." Perhaps as good a song about the American experience as ever written. Enjoy.
Born: March 16, 1954 in Wheeling, WV
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s