WEST JEFFERSON — Ashe County Arts Council presents Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricius at the Ashe Civic Center on Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Born in Wheeling, W Va. in 1954, Grammy winning singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school. After seeing Doc Watson on TV, he became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music. Tim started touring nationally in 1978 with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize. His songs “Walk the Way the Wind Blows” and “Untold Stories” were bluegrass hits for Hot Rize, and country hits for Kathy Mattea.
Soon more artists like Nickel Creek, Garth Brooks, and The Dixie Chicks covered his songs. Over the years, Tim has collaborated with his sister Mollie O’Brien, songwriter Darrell Scott, and noted old time musician Dirk Powell, as well as with Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, Dan Auerbach and Sturgill Simpson.
Living in Nashville since 1996, O’Brien’s skills on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and banjo make him an in-demand session player. He tours throughout the US and abroad, most often with his partner Jan Fabricius on mandolin and vocals. His regular band includes Fabricius along with Mike Bub (bass) and Shad Cobb (fiddle).
The International Bluegrass Music Association awarded him song of the year in 2006 and named him best male vocalist in 1993 and 2006. He was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in2013. A voracious reader who loves to cook, he has two sons, Jackson and Joel.
The Ashe County Arts Council has installed the Phenomenal Aire Cold Plasma Filtration system in at the Ashe Civic Center. It works to neutralize and remove harmful elements in the indoor air. Masks are optional but encouraged.
Tickets are $20 adult and $5 students and may be purchased online at www.ashecountyarts.org. Tickets will be available at the door. Lobby doors will open at 6:15 p.m with concessions available. Auditorium doors will open at 7 p.m. and concert starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information call 336-846-2787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.