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Twisted Folk Concert Series Presents: Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore, with Eric Thorin!
Vallecito, CA..Twisted Oak Winery is pleased to announce the final show of our 2013 Twisted Folk Concert Series – Grammy-award winning Americana music legends Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore! “This is the last show so we’re a little sad,” said winery co-owner Jeff Stai. “Every show has been a lot of fun, with record audiences and world class musicians. We really appreciate the support we have received this summer! And, we’re especially happy to be able to end the season with Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore – performers who are able to move between so many different genres, just like our concert season did this year.”
A hot dinner will be available for purchase, along with yummy Twisted Oak wine, brownies by Wren Catering, popcorn, and soft drinks. Concertgoers are welcome to bring their own picnics but we ask that no outside alcoholic beverages be brought in.
Seating at Twisted Folk concerts is outdoor festival style, first-come, first-served – bring a low beach-type chair or a blanket. We’re on top of a hill and there is always an evening breeze – it can get a little chilly after dark so please plan ahead.
Twisted Oak Winery is located in the foothills of Calaveras County, and specializes in wines made from Mediterranean varieties like Tempranillo, Viognier, and Petite Sirah. Our concert venue, located at the winery in Vallecito, sits on a hilltop that commands a sweeping view of the Sierra Nevada and the surrounding foothills, presided over by a 350-year old California Blue Oak that graces the label of every wine we bottle.
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore
Sometimes the story is just about the ordinary. No big bang, no big gig, no big promoter or writer hearing the band and telling the rest of the world. Sometimes the story is just about doing what you do and keeping at it. In the case of Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore it means 30 years of marriage, kids, day jobs, and making music together and apart.
Grammy Award winner Mollie O'Brien became known as a singer's singer when, in 1988, she and her brother Tim released the first of 3 critically acclaimed albums for Sugar Hill (Take Me Back, Remember Me and Away Out On The Mountain). Eventually, Mollie recorded 5 equally well received solo albums (Tell It True, Big Red Sun and Things I Gave Away for Sugar Hill, and I Never Move Too Soon and Everynight In The Week for Resounding Records). She's long been known as a singer who doesn't recognize a lot of musical boundaries and audiences love her fluid ability to make herself at home in any genre while never sacrificing the essence of any song she tackles. Amazingly, given how many artists fall to the temptation, O'Brien has mostly managed to resist the siren call of singer-songwriterdom and has primarily focused her efforts on the fading art of interpretation. 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. In an act of utter selflessness, he stayed home with the kids when Mollie and her brother Tim started performing again as a duo in the late 1980s. While she toured all over the world Moore held a day job for years and managed to continue to perform locally with people like Pete Wernick's Flexigrass, Celeste Krenz, and Tom Paxton. Not only is Moore is known to produce some of the funniest running onstage commentary, he's also a power house 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. Theirs is an equal partnership.
Their first duet CD, a live recording titled 900 Baseline (Remington Road Records) was released in 2006. Their first studio project, Saints & Sinners (Remington Road Records), was released to much acclaim in 2010. In January 2014 they'll release their follow up, Love Runner (Remington Road Records).
Both studio projects were produced by Lyons, CO ace arranger - and acoustic bassist, Eric Thorin, who joins them on stage. All 3 CDs showcase their talent for unlocking the secrets to a diverse array of songs in authoritative yet very fun and unusual arrangements.
To quote the inimitable Cher: "In this business it takes time to be really good." Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore are proof that age is not a limit to what timeless, original and inventive music can be made.
For artist information: www.mollieobrien.com
"Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore are two national musical treasures. Combining blues and bluegrass (and everything in-between) with their soulful voices and stunning instrumental chops, Mollie and Rich are a constant source of joy and inspiration to me. They are truly among the best out there keeping American music alive and vital." Dave Alvin
"We do not have another singer like Mollie O'Brien - she stands and delivers in a completely original way - no matter the material. Together Mollie and Rich have made a sure and honest recording of Saturday nights and Sunday mornings that runs as deep as family." Darrell Scott
“An Incredible Singer and Fantastic Guitarist performing some of the Best Songs you'll ever hear in one show...there's the quote for the poster. Now, let me explain. Mollie O'Brien first performed on Mountain Stage in 1985, our second year. She was the best singer we had ever had on the show. She kept coming back and now, 27 years later, she's still one of the top three best singers ever to perform on the show and I can't think of the other two at the moment. Keep in mind, we have had over 1,800 guests on Mountain Stage. She can sing contemporary and traditional folk music, country, bluegrass, jazz, gospel, blues and pop but she's not a jack of all trades. She's a master of many styles. Since she and Rich have been performing together regularly - he finally quit his day job - they are impossible to beat as an acoustic duo. They have impeccable taste and choose the most entertaining, interesting and inspiring material from the wide world of song. And they're funny. I urge you to see them if you get the chance and make your friends come with you (they will effusively thank you later).” Larry Groce, Artistic Director and Host, Mountain Stage
“After 40 years as a music producer I thought I'd heard all the great singers and interpreters of songs. But after recently having the opportunity to record Mollie O'Brien in concert, I quickly realized that Mollie is arguably the greatest of them all.”
Glenn Meisner, Producer, CBC Maritimes
"One of the best interpreters in American music today." The Washington Post
"Heartfelt intelligence and unselfconsciously sophisticated." Rolling Stone
"O'Brien has one of the clearest, truest voices of our times. Her choice of material is nothing short of brilliant." Music Row
Where: Twisted Oak Winery, 4280 Red Hill Rd at Hwy 4, Vallecito
When: Friday, August 16th, 2013 – 7:30pm. Gates open 6:30pm
Tickets $20 advance ($18 Twisted Few wine club members), or $25 at the gate, if available.
Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.
For more info, or to purchase tickets: 209-736-9080, twistedoak.com/concerts