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Tim O'Brien Launches Short Order Sessions

By Mandolin Cafe
January 5, 2015 - 9:45 am

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Tim O'Brien launches Short Order Sessions

Tim O'Brien launches Short Order Sessions

Nashville, Tenn. — Grammy winning Americana artist Tim O'Brien will launch his new download label Short Order Sessions on January 6.

Available on all digital music outlets including iTunes and Amazon, the label's debut release is Brush My Teeth With Coca-Cola, a humorous look at the Freedom Industries chemical spill one year ago that contaminated the water supply of 300K West Virginia residents.

Proceeds from Brush My Teeth With Coca-Cola will benefit West Virginia environmental organization AWARE.

Starting in February, Short Order Sessions, not yet live at the time of this posting) will release new singles on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

O'Brien is well known to Folk, Bluegrass, and Americana fans for his hybrid of acoustic roots music and original songs. His current release with Hot Rize, When I'm Free is currently climbing the bluegrass charts. Born in Wheeling WV, the current Nashville resident says the initial release is timely.

"Last year's chemical spill in the Charleston area woke many of us to the fragile nature of the environment. My song is one of many written in the wake of the tragedy. There's no easy fix, but one year later, it's more important than ever to remain vigilant and to hold industry accountable. We take tap water for granted, so imagine three hundred thousand people suddenly scrambling for enough water to cook and bathe with, a whole community stressed and afraid. The guy in my song wonders what to do, hoping to catch rain in a bucket. Meanwhile he brushes his teeth with what's handy."

O'Brien says he hopes to develop a new record label model with Short Order Sessions. "I've seen LPs, then cassettes, now CDs, come and go. The traditional album set of 10 or more songs is less viable, so is the record store that sells them. Single song releases and downloads have taken over, so Short Order Sessions is my quiet, folky way of staying current. I'm excited to record and release one-off songs with various friends, to keep new ideas flowing."

Brush My Teeth With Coca-Cola features Kathy Mattea on background vocals. Both West Virginia natives have already made musical stands on coal and the environment, Mattea with her CD Coal and O'Brien with last year's Grammy nominated song Keep Your Dirty Lights On in collaboration with Darrell Scott.

Tim O'Brien at The Bluebird Cafe

Tim O'Brien performs Brush My Teeth in Coca Cola at Nashville's The Bluebird Cafe in late 2014.

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rubydubyr
January 05, 2015 10:19 AM
dunno, might just be me, but I fail to see what could be humorous about contaminating the water supply of 300k residents anywhere........
eadg145
January 05, 2015 10:26 AM
I believe he's written the song to make just that point.
rubydubyr
January 05, 2015 10:42 AM
You've heard it?
Scott Tichenor
January 05, 2015 10:43 AM
Quote from rubydubyr: You've heard it? End Quote

Suggest you read the article and listen to the video before commenting further please.
rubydubyr
January 05, 2015 10:49 AM
I've read the article, but as someone who's had a relative who had kidney failure with a distinct possibility that it was caused by a benzene contaminated water supply, I would think a lament, rather than "humor" would be more appropriate and tasteful, but I am willing to reserve further judgement until I actually hear the "humor".
mandomedic
January 05, 2015 04:30 PM
Great song Tim.. This should help to get the word out.. Thanks
Clement Barrera-Ng
January 06, 2015 04:43 PM
Great tune, and am looking to get the song on Amazon but haven't been able to find it. Anyone has managed to buy the song from some place other than iTunes?

Also, rubydubyr while I see where you are coming from and I am sorry to hear about your relative; however the song is meant to be more satirical than simply humorous. Think Jonathan Swift and his Modest Proposal. Also if you follow the link you will find a video of TimO singing the songs, and a copy of the song lyrics on his website.
rubydubyr
January 06, 2015 08:01 PM
Quote from Clement Barrera-Ng: Great tune, and am looking to get the song on Amazon but haven't been able to find it. Anyone has managed to buy the song from some place other than iTunes?

Also, rubydubyr while I see where you are coming from and I am sorry to hear about your relative; however the song is meant to be more satirical than simply humorous. Think Jonathan Swift and his Modest Proposal. Also if you follow the link you will find a video of TimO singing the songs, and a copy of the song lyrics on his website. End Quote

I listened to them. We will simply have to agree to disagree on this.
Clement Barrera-Ng
January 07, 2015 02:21 PM
Quote from Clement Barrera-Ng: Great tune, and am looking to get the song on Amazon but haven't been able to find it. Anyone has managed to buy the song from some place other than iTunes? End Quote

Just to answer my own question: Tim's site now links to the song on Amazon in case any one is looking for it.
atbuckner21
January 10, 2015 01:01 AM
If you ever get a chance to watch Tim O'Brien play live his humor will make more sense. He uses satire to confront the issues that matter most to him, the prime example in my opinion would be "Keep your dirty lights on" with Darrell Scott. Thanks smile
barney 59
January 10, 2015 07:38 PM
" I can never get over how much pinko *%#* you can get away with in a bluegrass song!" Steve Earle

Sometimes satire and irony are lost on some people or while they can get it on one hand can be deeply offended on another. There's nothing you can do about it it's just how it is. John Lennon's intentionally ironical statement that the Beatles are more popular than Jesus Christ caused him no end of grief! This could turn into an interesting thread but alas it's going to get political and is destined for an early closure--- I really like topical songs and the Tim and Daryl "Dirty Lights" song is one of my recent favorites.
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