Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien play Keystone Bluegrass & Beer this weekend
Ryan Summerlin August 2, 2012
Three-time Grammy nominee and Americana Music Award winner Darrell Scott comes to Keystone Bluegrass & Beer this weekend after the January release of his seventh studio album, “Long Ride Home.” He describes the album as “the old country music of cheating, drinking, working” and “longing,” pointing out that it predates Garth Brooks, video and the urban cowboy era. It’s “the voice of working people, people of the land,” said the Scott, whose Kentucky roots lie among Scottish and Irish coal miners who became tobacco farmers in the early part of the 20th century. The album was recorded with Hargus “Pig” Robbins, his band mate Dennis Crouch from Band of Joy and his longtime friend Kenny Malone, among others. Two of the songs he co-wrote on a writing trip with his father when he was 16 years old. “It is country music how I remember it,” said Scott, who gives a 1 p.m. songwriting seminar at Warren Station Sunday followed by a free concert at 3 p.m. on the Montezuma Plaza stage.
Called “a key figure in today’s thriving roots scene,” Tim O’Brien is a songwriter, bandleader, instrumentalist and vocalist. He has recorded with the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Nickel Creek, Kathy Mattea and the New Grass Revival, among others. Lately he has been performing before capacity crowds in the band of Mark Knopfler, who described O’Brien as “a master of American folk music, Irish music, Scottish music – it doesn’t matter; a fine songwriter and one of my favorite singers.” O’Brien released his 13th solo album, “Chicken and Egg,” last month. “This stuff reflects what goes on in the life of someone my age,” O’Brien said. “I’m 56 years old. I’m not the young kid on the scene – and I’m happy about that. … There’s a little love song action here and there, but mostly it’s about living life.” O’Brien plays Warren Station with The Casey Driessen Singularity at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and gives a singing seminar at 11 a.m. Sunday.