Announcement New CD and Website

January 16, 2019 -- Nashville, TN

This is an exciting day! I am happy to shout out to the world that I have a new CD coming out (available for preorder) and to help spread the word I have a wonderful new website. Please visit, keep up with what’s happening with me (if you can!) and sign up for the newsletter. I want to thank my partner Jan for all her hard work, my manager Brad Hunt, Sue Meyer for the CD art and design, the webmaster Jack at Superclean for an excellent job and smooth transition and Maria Ivy my publicist @ IVPR. See you on the road. We may be coming straight at you. - Tim

Tim O’Brien recently announced a headlong leap back into traditional bluegrass with his new full-length album, Tim O’Brien Band. Due for release on March 15, 2019, Tim O’Brien Band, the title a sly nod to traditional music’s often eponymous band names, is a collection of not just old-school leaning music, but also of world-class musicians perfectly aligned in intention and ability. In addition to Tim, Mike Bub (bass), Shad Cobb (fiddle), Jan Fabricius (vocals/mandolin) and Patrick Sauber (banjo/guitar) make up this unstoppable band, who, from recent live performances, may be familiar to Tim O’Brien fans. Tim says, “This crew has the potential to make ten more records together and never reach the limit of the possibilities.” The only guest on the recording is O’Brien’s Hot Rize bandmate Bryan Sutton, who lends his distinctive guitar playing to two tracks.

Tim O’Brien Band is definitely a bluegrass record. That is to say, a bluegrass record that’s as much influenced by tradition as it is by Tim’s folklorist nature which he’s become known for. Of the five original songs on the record, O’Brien wrote two by himself. Jan Fabricius, Shawn Camp, and The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach contributed to the remaining three. The rest of the record is comprised of songs hewn from a number of Tim’s influencers, old friends, and contemporaries. Notable tracks include the album opener, “Diggin’ My Potatoes”, a blues-turned-bluegrass number learned from Big Bill Broonzy, a Chicago musician from the 1940s and a favorite of Tim’s, “Beyond”, a gospel version much like “Ghost Riders in the Sky” co-written with Shawn Camp, and “Bolero-meets-Klezmer” instrumental “La Gringa Renee”, a mandolin-driven ode to Tim’s partner Jan Fabricius. Then, there’s Tim’s minor-key rendition of Woody Guthrie’s “Pastures of Plenty”. An urgent song about standing up for migrant workers in the 1940s, Guthrie’s lament may be as important now as it’s ever been. Tim realizes that, remarking, “Singing his [Woody’s] words can't hurt in these times, as the same story continues in the USA.” The songs of Tim O’Brien Band are as diverse and playful as the records of Tim’s past, but this new era is a touch more earnest and urgent without losing the merriment that fans know and love.

On Tour:
02/22/19 KBA Wintergrass Marriott Hotel / Wichita, KS : Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricius
02/23/19 KBA Wintergrass Marriott Hotel / Wichita, KS : Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricius
03/15/19 Chickie Wah Wah / New Orleans, LA : Tim O’Brien Band
03/21/19 Jefferson Center / Roanoke, VA : Lunasa feat. Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricius
03/22/19 Purple Fiddle / Thomas, WV : Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricius
03/23/19 Music and Art at Oak Glen / New Cumberland, WV : Tim O’Brien Band
03/24/19 Mountain Stage / Charleston, WV : Tim O’Brien Band
03/25/19 Lyric Theater / Woodsongs Radio Hour : Lexington, KY - Tim O’Brien Band
03/27/19 City Winery / Chicago, IL : Tim O’Brien Band
03/28/19 Stoughton Opera House / Stoughton, WI : Tim O’Brien Band
03/29/19 Dakota - Minneapolis, MN : Tim O’Brien Band
03/30/19 The Caribou Room / Nederland, CO : Tim O’Brien Band
03/31/19 The Armory / Fort Collins, CO : Tim O’Brien Band
04/03/19 Missouri Heights Schoolhouse / Carbondale, CO : Tim O’Brien Band
04/04/19 Sheridan Opera House / Telluride, CO : Tim O’Brien Band
04/05/19 Public House / Crested Butte, CO : Tim O’Brien Band
04/06/19 Warren Station Center for the Arts / Keystone, CO : Tim O’Brien Band
05/25/19 Gathering in the Gap / Big Stone Gap, VA : Tim O’Brien Band
05/26/19 The Grey Eagle / Ashville, NC : Tim O’Brien Band
05/28/19 The Station Inn / Nashville, TN : Tim O’Brien Band
06/01/19 The John Hartford Memorial Festival / Morgantown, IN : Tim O’Brien Band

More dates to be added - For more information, please visit