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Cornbread Nation

Tim O'BrienAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Hold On 3:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Moses 6:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Cornbread Nation 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Foggy Foggy Dew 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Let's Go Huntin' 5:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Walkin' Boss 4:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. House Of The Risin' Sun 5:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Runnin' Out Of Memory 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Busted 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. California Blues 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen12. When This World Comes To An End 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • ASIN: B000AMFF4E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,838 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Corn Bread is an All-American traditional staple of rural cuisine with widely-varying ingredients depending on the region of the country but universally enjoyable, especially as part of a meal prepared for old and/or new friends.The words .traditional. or .folk. may connote something precious or sacred, something not to be tampered with, but I don.t look at it that way and I don.t treat these songs like museum objects. I borrowed lyrics from one for the other, and changed melodies to suit my mood, and put some drums and electric guitars with them.The great purveyors of folk music always put their own stamp on things. Like good home-cooked food, it.s gonna come out a little different each time you make it. No sense in worrying too much over it. It.s like your cornbread batter - don.t stir it up too much, just put it together and let it cook.. . Tim O'Brien, from the liner notes to Cornbread Nation. Sugar Hill. 2005.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By J. Ross
Format:Audio CD
Playing Time - 49:14 -- Tim O'Brien is not afraid to arrange an old traditional number like "Hold On" with electric guitar (Kenny Vaughan) and conga and shaker (Kenny Malone). He recognizes that traditional music is timeless, but he also welcomes the opportunity to incorporate modern sounds right alongside the old. While a bit lengthy, take the 6-minute rendition of "Moses," for example. Kenny Malone's drum kit imparts a solid rhythmic foundation as banjo, fiddle, guitar and four vocalists get spiritual. Tim shows a very adventurous side with the title cut that could have the same significant impact on this century's music as "Hot Corn, Cold Corn" did when Flatt & Scruggs first presented that in the last one. For folks who want to discover how to embody saxophone into traditional music, then they need look no further than Sam Levine's playing on songs like "Cornbread Nation" and "The Foggy, Foggy Dew."

That gives a clue as to why I appreciate O'Brien's releases. Besides his own zestful singing and picking, he also hears accordion, drums, percussion, electric guitar, steel guitar and other instruments right alongside the traditional string sounds of banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and bouzouki. He also branches into various genres such as Cajun with "Let's Go Huntin'," that the supporting musicians also clearly enjoyed too. The blues are best captured on this album when Tim O'Brien and Dan Tyminiski sing "House of the Risin' Sun." Well, Jimmie Rodgers' "California Blues" is full of old-time country moxie and yodeling but also some slightly distorted electric guitar with reverb and driving snare drum. On "Boat Up the River," I would've preferred hearing some banjo and less electric guitar. Bluegrassers will perk up at the original "Runnin' Out of Memory" (with Del McCoury's tenor).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there any limit? February 17, 2006
By B.J.
Format:Audio CD
I have been a huge fan of Tim for at least a decade. Each release of his is so wonderful, that I keep wondering how a current one can be as good or better. Somehow he manages to exceed expectations with each one. Cornbread nation falls perfectly into this pattern. It may be his best yet--excellent song selection, evocative and exciting presentation, and seamless collaborations with guest artists who are the cream of the current folk/bluegrass/americana crop. Esp. his amazing sibling Mollie, with the voice of gold. I see little point in describing the individual tracks--just sample them and you will see.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it! January 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Never heard of Tim O'Brien until I sampled "Fiddler's Green" album in stores but bought both and do not regret it. Cornbread Nation is humorous, soulful with catchy rhythms and vocals. It's a mix of original and old tyme songs. Tim O'Brien is my new fave.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tim O'brien at his creative best March 8, 2007
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A must-have for O'Brien fans, traditional or Celtic fans.
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