OBrian_Scott - Usually Much Better Than This

Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott : We’re Usually a Lot Better Than This

OBrian_Scott - Usually Much Better Than This

While the title of this collaboration between Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott might make you chuckle, We’re Usually a Lot Better Than This demands serious consideration.

The Grammy-winning O’Brien, known for his exceptional country and bluegrass influenced songwriting and playing, and the talented crooner and multi-instrumentalist Scott, make a complementary pair. Working their way through 13 eclectic cuts of folk and Americana, the duo takes on covers by Hank Williams (“House of Gold”), Townes and Will Van Zandt (“White Freightliner Blues”), Gordon Lightfoot (“Early Morning Rain”), Keith Whitley (“You Don’t Have to Move that Mountain”) and Lefty Frizzell (“Mom and Dad’s Waltz”), and adds some of their own top-notch fare, including O’Brien’s “When There’s No One Around,” and Scott’s “Long Time Gone.” With inspired harmonies by the two balladeers reverberating throughout, one of the disc’s finest moments includes a version of the historically engaging “Mick Ryan’s Lament,” a song which touches on the Civil War and the Battle of Little Big Horn, and which echoes the old Irish melody of “GarryOwen.”

The material on We’re Usually a Lot Better Than This was recorded over the course of two separate shows in Asheville, North Carolina, in 2005 and 2006, and Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott take you for a complete ride.

We’re Usually a Lot Better Than This is out now on Full Light Records.

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