The new album is almost here!
“Where the River Meets the Road” celebrates the music of Tim’s native state of West Virginia. After 14 solo records and countless collaborations, Tim looks back at some early influences.
The collection mixes Bluegrass, Country, Old-Time and Americana with songs from O’Brien, Bill Withers, Hazel Dickens, and Billy Edd Wheeler, among others. Guests on the recording include country artists Chris Stapleton and Kathy Mattea, as well bluegrass instrumentalists Stuart Duncan and Noam Pikelny.
The title track tells the story of Tim’s great grandfather, who in 1851 emigrated from Ireland to Wheeling WV. Back then, the new National Road had just connected Baltimore and the east coast to the Ohio River. Hence, Wheeling was “Where the River Meets the Road”. The cover image shown here is an engraving from that time, showing what young Thomas O’Brien would have seen as he completed his journey.
Available for preorder at http://timobrien.net/music/where-river-meets-road