With naught but a clawhammer banjo and a svelte mountaineering outfit, Tim O’Brien walks down a dusty road just outside of Telluride, CO singing an original, modern classic in this archived Sitch Session. The longing, heartfelt number, “You Were On My Mind,” was also recorded on Hot Rize’s 2014 release, When I’m Free.
Born in 1950s Wheeling, WV, O’Brien grew up singing in church and school, and devoted himself completely to bluegrass and old-time music upon seeing Doc Watson for the first time on TV. After starting the Boulder-based, IBMA Award-winning Hot Rize in the ’80s, O’Brien has become an important figure and role model in today’s acoustic music world. His songs have been recorded by Kathy Mattea, Nickel Creek, and Garth Brooks, not to mention all of the success he’s had with his solo and collaborative recordings over his 40+ year career.
Enjoy one of our most popular Sitch Sessions of all time, featuring O’Brien’s pure, unfiltered magic in a solo performance.