Black Music Matters Festival

Mollie O'Brien

Tell It True – 1996 (Sugar Hill)

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

CDs by Mollie O'Brien

Mollie O'Brien is not just another singer. She's a song-stylist. She hails from Colorado, and she has recently made a name for herself singing and making records with brother Tim O'Brien, ex of the band, Hot Rize. This is her first solo album on a national label, and what a fun album it is. It's not a country record, nor is it bluegrass. O'Brien can be likened to Maura O'Connell, their styles are very similar. O'Brien has a big, rich voice, immediately captivating. The instrumental back-up is superb, including Jerry Douglas on dobro, Darol Anger on fiddle and brother Tim on mandolin, fiddle and bouzouki. Favorite cuts include, "If I Live," "Henhouse Blues, Alaska" and the irresistible gospel number, "When I Set Out for Glory." This album is a winner from the get-go. Each song is delivered with energy and style.