Roots music fans in Metro Atlanta are in luck.
With a winter storm in our rear view mirror and spring on the horizon, it is time to get out and experience a unique sound and some great vocals on February 20, at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth.
The sound and the vocals will be provided by Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott- fresh off the release of their CD, Memories & Moments, that came out this past September.
Memories & Moments is comprised of five songs apiece from O’Brien and Scott plus one memorable collaboration in “Turn Your Dirty Lights On,” along with a pair of nuggets from Hank Williams and George Jones. A bonus, a spirited rendition of the John Prine classic “Paradise,” is also showcased.
Scott says they have one goal, and that is to reach their audience.
“Our strength is playing in the moment,” says Scott, “so if you record that way, with us across from each other, leaking into each other’s mics, there’s an immediacy to it that translates to the listener. That’s our hope, anyway.”
What have these two talented gentlemen been up to over the past few years?
The two multitaskers have conducted their parallel careers as solo artists and sidemen, cutting similarly wide swaths across the roots-music landscape. They’ve continued to release solo albums while leading their own bands and lending their talents to world-class musical aggregations – notably including O’Brien’s stint in Mark Knopfler’s touring unit and Scott’s foray with Robert Plant’s Band of Joy – as well as having their songs covered by the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Dierks Bentley, Nickel Creek, Kathy Mattea, Faith Hill, Guy Clark, Sam Bush, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless, Trace Adkins and Tim McGraw. Along the way, Scott received a pair of Grammy nominations, and his composition “Hank Williams’ Ghost” was honored as the 2007 Americana Song of the Year, while O’Brien’s Fiddler’s Green won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2005.
Finding the time to join up was itself a challenge considering their jam-packed schedules, but through the years each remained aware that when they do get together, it’s something special.
“We’re good friends,” says O’Brien, “but we don’t see each as often we used to. Since we took a break from solid touring together a few years ago, Darrell has focused in on his own career more, which has been great to watch – he’s turned out an amazing amount of high-quality stuff. And then, it just seemed like a good time to for us to get back together; long overdue, really.”
You can see this talented duo, so what they do best- perform and entertain.
You can get your tickets here. Don’t miss this show at a great venue.
RIck Limpert is an Atlanta-based writer that covers events, sports, and technology. You can follow him on Twitter at @RickRoswell.