Album Premiere: Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, Memories & Moments

Written by August 12th, 2013 at 1:41 pm
Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott

(Photo: Jack Stoddart)

Thirteen years ago, Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott teamed up for Real Time, an album of twangy duets, Hank Williams covers and stripped-down Americana originals. More than a decade later, they’re getting back into the collaborative spirit with Memories & Moments . The self-produced record was tracked in three days, with the musicians strumming their way through ten original tunes, one timely version of John Prine’s “Paradise” (with Prine guesting on guitar and harmony vocals), and a pair of covers by Hank Williams and George Jones.

Things have been busy for O’Brien and Scott. They’ve toured the country together. They’ve had their songs covered by the Dixie Chicks, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks and Brad Paisley. O’Brien joined Mark Knopfler’s live band and won a Grammy for his own traditional folk album, Fiddler’s Green, while Scott teamed up with Robert Plant’s Band of Joy after writing “Hank Williams’ Ghost,” which was named the 2007 Americana Song of the Year.

With Memories & Moments , the musicians shine a light on their shared Appalachian roots, drawing on influences like the Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers. They sing like brothers — check out the close harmonies on their version of Hank Williams’ “Alone and Forsaken” — even get a little political at times, particularly during “Keep Your Dirty Lights On,” an environmentally-minded song that rails against mountaintop removal. It’s a sound that Scott describes as “bigger than the sum of our parts, and our parts are pretty good to begin with.”

Stream the full thing here, a month before the album’s September 17 release.

  • Rod Fraser

    Absolutely beautiful stuff! Made my evening!!

  • mike abb

    My favorite storytellers, musicians, historians, entertainers, and humans. Thank you Tim & Darrell.

  • editorjuno

    Proud to have invested in their Kickstarter campaign for this project — two national treasures on one great CD!

  • tnlibrarygal

    great musicians. hope this means they will be touring together sometime soon. saw them a number of years ago at the down home in johnson city, tn.

  • Thea Bridges

    Oh my, they’ve done it again ! Never know what I like best, the stories or musical GREATNESS….. I think, it’s the whole package . Love it !

  • Phil Blackmore

    Glad to be a small part of the kickstarter campaign—love you guys!

    Phil

  • James McKelvey

    Am happy to be part of the kickstarter campaign, too! Lots of shows and hope they jump on either Cayamo or Mountain Song At Sea for a well deserved music cruise!

    http://www.darrellscott.com/index.php?page=tourdates

  • erica w

    Wow, I think this just beat out my favorite album, Real Time.. love you guys!!

  • Beerbo

    Who’s John Prine? ;-)

  • Nancy Avery

    Wow, Darrell you can sure sing Hank or anything for that matter. <3

  • Erin J

    fantastic!

  • Mary Eppele

    Fantastic ~ love it :)

  • Guest

    ah tune those heartstrings! to a nice shade of green!

  • Bluegrass Train

    ah tune those heartstrings! to a nice shade of green! that which bind us to you and all with love

  • Guest

    Thanks for writing “Keep Your Dirty Lights On” about the heinous practice of removing entire mountains to mine coal – here’s some good news for a change http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/13/epa-vetoes-water-permit-f_n_808557.html

  • Deborah Lewis Kauffman

    “Paradise” is genius

  • Len Olsovsky

    Outstanding ,WXPN Phil , plays it all if the good ol boys play near Phil Pa area let me know thanks made my day

  • Peter

    Recd Autographed CD. Looked great! WOULD NOT LOAD IN ANY OF MY CD PLAYERS OR MY COMPUTER. EMAILED STEPHANIE…WONDERFUL…SENT OUT A NEW ONE……..RECEIVED IT IN 4 DAYS……..CRACKED CASE………FIRST THREE SONGS HAD LONG SKIPS!! Emailed Stephanie……left a message on voicemail……haven’t heard anything. TIM…….AND ………..DARRELL. PLEASE HELP!! I HELPED YOU, NOW IT’S YOUR TURN……..PLEASE
    PETER D FIELD SR

  • Susan Nikas

    Dear Tim & Darrell, I really enjoyed the CD and your songs; particularly Memories and Moments. Arrangements are stellar, both vocally and instrumentally. Did you use a mountain dulcimer on beginning of M & M? Anyway, I just wanted you to know I heard about it on NPR and purchased both this album and Real Time because of it. I have not listened to Real Time yet. Susan Nikas

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