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Tim O’Brien 

When: Fri., Nov. 30, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $22.50
Tim O’Brien plays a mixture of American, Irish and Scottish folk music and plays both original and cover songs, but one thing that’s consistent is that the veteran singer-songwriter always uses his songs to tell a story. While this is arguably a characteristic of most good folk music, O’Brien makes every song sound like his own story, even if he’s singing a cover. You can hear the genuine emotion in his voice, even in songs like the Animals’ “The House of the Rising Sun” and Lefty Frizzell’s “Long Black Veil.” However, his covers certainly do justice to the original songs. His latest release, a live album with fellow folk singer Darrell Scott, features original collaborative original songs and the occasional cover (his rendition of the Dixie Chicks’ “Long Time Gone” is a standout). (Abbey Christopher)

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