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THE TOP 10 REASONS WHY TIM O'BRIEN HASN'T WON A GRAMMY UNTIL NOW

April 10, 2006

Grammy winner Tim O'Brien is touring in support of his TWO new albums: Cornbread Nation and Fiddler's Green. I was lucky to introduce him at The Kent Stage in Ohio on Saturday 4/8. Scratching my head for something to say I came up with the following. Listen for an exclusive Live From Folk Alley web-cast of this show in the stream on April 14 at 4 a.m., Noon, and 8 p.m. ET (GMT -5) and on April 15 at 3 a.m., 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Or, download the concert to your heart's content from the website later this month and enjoy!

#10 HE'S SO DARN GOOD, THE JUDGES THOUGHT HE ALREADY HAD ONE.

#9 THEY WERE WAITING FOR HIM TO DIE AND IT WAS TAKING TOO LONG.

#8 THERE WERE NO MORE AGING ROCKERS TO THROW IN THE FOLK CATEGORIES BECAUSE THE ROCK NOMINATIONS WERE FULL.

#7 WHEN HE TOLD THE COMMITTEE HE PLAYED A BOUZOUKI, THEY FEARED A MILITARY THREAT.

#6 HE LOOKED TOO MUCH LIKE THE MISSING HONKY TONK LEGEND RED KNUCKLES.

#5 SINCE HE DOESN'T LIKE DOUBLE ABLUMS, HE RELEASED TWO CDS AT ONCE, THUS DOUBLING HIS CHANCES OF WINNING!

#4 THEY THOUGHT HE WAS THAT FAMOUS AUTHOR WITH THE SAME NAME TRYING TO WEASEL HIS WAY INTO THE CONTEST.

#3 ALISON KRAUSS'S MANTEL IS SO FULL OF GRAMMYS THAT THERE'S NO MORE ROOM.

#2 WHY, IT WAS THAT FOLK ALLEY INTERVIEW THAT TIM DID RIGHT BEFORE THE GRAMMYS THAT PUSHED HIM OVER THE TOP.

#1 HE'S A COMPLETE ORIGINAL; A TRIPLE THREAT AS A SINGER, WRITER, AND PLAYER; AND HIS RESUME IS SO PACKED THAT THEY SIMPLY COULDN'T IGNORE HIM ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From all of his albums with Hot Rize, to all of his own country and folk releases, to the tour with the Bela Fleck all stars....as we listened to song after song, memory after memory surfaced. I began to realize I grew up with this guy. And I continue to marvel at him. What do you think of Tim O'Brien?

Jim Blum

Posted by Jim Blum at April 10, 2006 1:05 PM


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