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Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott

Memories and Moments (FUll Skies)

Reviewed by Michael Toland, Fri., April 11, 2014

Old Settler's Music Festival Record Reviews

Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott

Memories and Moments (Full Skies)

Multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, Tim O'Brien picked and fiddled his way to International Bluegrass Music Association prizes beginning with acclaimed ensemble Hot Rize before embarking on an acoustically eclectic solo career, including LPs with sister Mollie and a hit duet with Kathy Mattea. Country music scion Darrell Scott penned singles for the Dixie Chicks and Brad Paisley, picked-n-grinned behind Guy Clark, Steve Earle, and Robert Plant, and enjoys a solo career. Even then, both men flourish when they play together, proven in 2000 on first collaboration Real Time and again on belated follow-up Memories and Moments. Tunes drawn from life experiences avoid nostalgia, from the dry honky-tonk of "Just One More" and brooding folk of "Time to Talk to Joseph" to the earthy gospel of "On Life's Other Side" and country blues of "Keep Your Dirty Lights On." Key inspiration John Prine drops by for a cover of his own classic "Paradise." Lacking the jaw-dropping exuberance of its predecessor, Memories and Moments digs deeper, finding the gems buried under the crust of lives fully lived. (Sat., Bluebonnet stage, 6:05pm)

***.5

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