Saturday, September 29, 2012

CD Review: Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott Finally Release Live Show

Country/Americana duo Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien have teamed up once again to release the live album “We’re Usually A Lot Better Than This.” The album was recorded in 2005 and 2006 at two separate shows at the Grey Eagle in Ashville, NC. Both shows were benefit concerts for the Arthur Morgan School, where both musicians had children attending. The 13-song album consists of some originals that the two recorded together for their Grammy-nominated album “Real Time” and also few covers by such great songwriters as Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt.

The album begins with the fast-paced “Climbing Up A Mountain” and the more mellow, “House of Gold” which displays the outstanding harmonizing between the two performers. The first cover song on the set comes from Townes Van Zandt’s “White Freightliner Blues” as the acoustic instruments give off flashes of excitement while the lyrics work up the small crowd. The album keeps on chugging with the banjo-driven “With A Memory Like Mine” and another outstanding cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Early Morning Rain.” The only time Scott and O’Brien catch their breath is for the slow jaunt of “The Hummingbird” and “Mom And Dad Waltz.” The live album and I’m assuming the shows did to, close with the songs “Hambone,” performed to the backdrop of “Sweet Georgia Brown” and the eight-minute medley of “When There’s No One Around/Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”

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