Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott - We're Usually A Lot Better Than This

Early on Tim O'Brien (I believe) quips "we're usually a lot better than this".  Well if that is the case I'd love to hear a good day because the playing and singing on this live disc recorded in 2005 and 2006 and released in October is clinic on how acoustic music should be performed.  Just check out the acapella version of Hank William's House of Gold to whet your appetite for the rest of the record.  Townes Van Zant's "White Freightliner Blues" positively smokes with some killer guitar-mandolin exchanges.  Darrell Scott's "Long Time Gone" is far more bluegrass than the Dixie Chicks version and is far superior (in my opinion).  There is a ton of great playing, singing and songs to be found on this great live record.  Well worth your time if you are even a casual bluegrass or Americana fan.

Usually a lot better than this...hard to believe.

1 comment:

  1. Old Rocker - cool blog site!

    Say, Tim O'Brien contributed his fiddle skills to the new Song Cycle commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg saga, "The Fields of Gettysburg."
    The album will be released on March 31, 2013.
    I'd love to get you an advance copy for a review.
    Thanks, John A. Walsh