CD Traveler [Tim O'Brien] (CD 170276),
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Traveler [Tim O'Brien]
1. Kelly Joe's Shoes
2. I've Endured
3. Turn the Page Again
4. Let Love Take You Back Again
5. Restless Spirit Wandering
6. Another Day
7. On the Outside Looking In
8. Forty-Nine Keep on Talkin'
9. Family History
10. Fell into Her Deep Blue Eyes
12. Less & Less
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3978
Personnel: Tim O'Brien (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin); Jonell Mosser,
Jon Randell Stewart, Darrell Scott (vocals); John Doyle (guitar, bouzouki); Jerry Douglas (lap steel guitar, resaphonic guitar); Dirk Powell (banjo, accordion, piano, bass); Bela Fleck (banjo); Casey Driessen (fiddle); Ray Bonneville (harmonica, background vocals); Dennis Crouch (bass); Edgar Meyer (arco bass).
Recorded at Ground Star, The Dog House Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.
Digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Tim O'Brien (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin); Ray Bonneville (vocals, harmonica); Darrell Scott, Jon Randall Stewart, Jonell Mosser (vocals); John Doyle (guitar, bouzouki); Jerry Douglas (lap steel guitar, resonator guitar); Dirk Powell (banjo, accordion, piano); Bla Fleck (banjo); Casey Driessen (fiddle); Kenny Malone (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Gary Paczosa.
Recording information: Ground Star Studio, Nashville, TN; The Dog House, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Gary Isaacs.
Traveler arrives like some horseman from the dusty past. His news is blunt, if not apocalyptic, with warnings that the future promises only "rotting flesh and broken bone." His chaps are stained with blood shed during the Civil War, and the trail he's followed from then until now runs alongside the Mississippi before melting into "a road without end" that winds back toward where our memories began. O'Brien lays all this out with help from some impressive players, but even the often incendiary Bla Fleck joins with them in toning down the fireworks and creating evocative settings through the most minimal gestures -- a slow-motion guitar arpeggio, a keening fiddle, a note here or there to complement O'Brien's relaxed delivery. It's significant, perhaps, that the album opens with "Kelly Joe's Shoes," an ode to a pair of beat-up sneakers that gave O'Brien some pretty good mileage, and ends with "Less & Less," which celebrates the joys of moving through life with as little baggage as possible. From music through message, Traveler just about gets it right. ~ Robert L. Doerschuk
Uncut (11/03, p.109) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...O'Brien is a wanderer of repute, aided by top-notch back-up..."
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