Grammy Award winner to play sold-out show in Carbondale
CARBONDALE – It’s not just Tim O’Brien who will be playing a benefit concert at Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale as a benefit for KDNK Sunday night. It’s Grammy Award-winning Tim O’Brien who will be gracing the stage. O’Brien’s newest release, “Fiddler’s Green,” won the Grammy award for Best Traditional Folk Album at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards last month.”Fiddler’s Green” is described on O’Brien’s Web site as “the happy land/heaven imagined by sailors where there is perpetual mirth, a fiddle that never stops playing and dancers that never tire.”And that shall be the scene in Carbondale Sunday when O’Brien plays with his band of all-star musicians at the TRTC Theatre.
Joining O’Brien will be Danny Barnes, from well-known Austin band The Bad Livers, on electric guitar and banjo, Casey Dreissen, fiddle virtuoso who often performs with O’Brien, and Dennis Crouch on the upright bass.Valley resident Dan Sadowski will open the KDNK show. O’Brien will be playing a benefit house concert for Sadowski’s National Jam Foundation in Woody Creek on Saturday.”It’s a great cause to help kids get music instruction in schools,” said O’Brien about the foundation, speaking by phone from Telluride on Monday.Telluride has been experiencing a major drought this year with the snowpack barely over 50 percent of the 30-year average. That was until the luck of the Irish came to town.”I think it just snowed about two and a half feet. The sun’s out, it’s beautiful,” said O’Brien, who played Telluride Wednesday night, but was there a little early to get some skiing in with friends.
O’Brien lives in Nashville these days, but spent 22 years in Colorado. And if he has the power to bring in that kind of snow, he’s welcome any time.”This is kind of like a homecoming,” he said of visiting friends around the state, although he admitted that while playing at over 8,000 feet he had to “learn how to sing his songs again.”O’Brien is well known for his performances on the festival circuit, including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and as part of Hot Rize, with the late Charles Sawtelle and Pete Wernick. Hot Rize earned recognition as one of America’s most innovative and entertaining bluegrass bands.”We’ll be doing American folk songs. We do them every which way, bluegrass, Celtic, rockabilly,” said O’Brien of his upcoming performance.
O’Brien has countless recordings and can be heard frequently on KDNK radio.The KDNK benefit show is sold out, as is the benefit at Woody Creek on Saturday. But, KDNK will broadcast the show live in celebration of its Spring Membership Drive.KDNK Community Radio is a noncommercial radio station supported through membership, grants, donations and fundraising. KDNK can be found at 88.1, 88.3 and 88.5 in the Roaring Fork Valley, as well as 93.5 in Leadville and at http://www.kdnk.org.The KDNK benefit show is a celebration for the station after completing its fundraising goal of $45,000 to continue operating.For more information, or to become a member of KDNK, call 963-0139.
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