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 (â€œHouse of Goldâ€), Townes and Will Van Zandt (â€œWhite Freightliner Bluesâ€), Gordon Lightfoot (â€œEarly Morning Rainâ€), Keith Whitley (â€œYou Don’t Have to Move that Mountainâ€) and Lefty Frizzell (â€œMom and Dad’s Waltzâ€), and adds some of their own top-notch fare, including O’Brien’s â€œWhen There’s No One Around,â€ and Scott’s â€œLong Time Gone.â€ With inspired harmonies by the two balladeers reverberating throughout, one of the disc’s finest moments includes a version of the historically engaging â€œMick Ryan’s Lament,â€ a song which touches on the Civil War and the Battle of Little Big Horn, and which echoes the old Irish melody of â€œGarryOwen.â€
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.