Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore with Eric Thorin
with special guest Bella Betts with Steve Szymanski
Rogers Hall, 4th and High Street, Lyons CO
8pm showtime, doors 7pm
Grammy Award winner Mollie O'Brien became known to the rest of the world as a singer’s singer when, in 1988, she and her brother Tim released the first of three critically acclaimed albums for Sugar Hill Records (Take Me Back, Remember Me and Away Out on the Mountain). Eventually, Mollie recorded five equally well-received solo albums (Tell It True, Big Red Sun and Things I Gave Away for Sugar Hill Records, and I Never Move Too Soon and Everynight in the Week for Resounding Records). Additionally, she was a regular on the nationally syndicated radio show A Prairie Home Companion from 2001 through 2005. She’s long been known as a singer who doesn’t recognize musical boundaries, and audiences love her fluid ability to make herself at home in any genre while never sacrificing the essence of the song she tackles. O’Brien has primarily focused her efforts on the fading art of interpretation and the end result is a singer at the very top of her game who is not afraid to take risks both vocally and in the material she chooses.
Husband Rich Moore has busied himself in the Colorado music scene for many years. While staying home with the kids when Mollie and Tim toured, he held a day job and continued to perform locally with a variety of Colorado favorites, including Pete Wernick and Celeste Krenz. Not only is Moore known to produce some of the funniest onstage running commentary, he’s also a powerhouse guitar player who can keep up with O’Brien’s twists and turns from blues to traditional folk to jazz to rock and roll. He creates a band with just his guitar and, as a result, theirs is an equal partnership.
In their new 2014 release, Love Runner, their second studio recording as a duo, Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore have mined the American songbook while adding three original tracks of their own. The result is a mix of contemporary folk, powerhouse gospel, funky dance music and everything in between — an amalgam of all the kinds of music that have defined the sounds coming from the American trajectory of music that’s blossomed over the last 100 years — Americana in the truest sense. Produced by Lyons, Colorado-based arranger and renowned bassist, Eric Thorin, who will be performing with Mollie and Rich for our show, the basic tracks feature keyboardists Eric Moon and John Magnie, drummer Marc Dalio and steel guitarist Glenn Taylor. In short order over their three days in the studio, they recorded all 11 songs, then completed the arrangements with sawist Lesley Kernochan, fiddler Jessie Burns, trumpeter Gabe Mervine and O’Brien and Moore’s daughters, Brigid and Lucy, on harmony vocals.
Bella Betts Bella Betts will open the show. This young, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter is no stranger to Lyons – at 12 years of age, she’s been a regular at the RockyGrass Academy and the Song School. She’ll be performing with Steve Szymanski, who produced her record, Lights Around a Curve. In her bio, Bella shares, “when I turned 11, I became serious about being a musician and began to think about, and form, opinions on musicianship, songwriting, and how to best improve on my journey. Of course I'm constantly learning and my opinions change almost daily - making it feel something like a roller coaster ride. Now I've gotten used to it though and I'm focusing on listening, learning, my original songs, musicianship, and my music/life mission as I ride my roller coaster. This year I'm making an album and now we are right in the thick of it. It's an amazing experience and so much fun!!!”
Bella has performed with Amos Lee on the main stage at Folks Fest and Langhorne Slim at the Bluebird theater in Denver and the Fox Theater in Boulder, and has sat in with Aoife O'Donovan, David Grier, and Chris Thile and played on the Woodsongs Radio Hour.
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