March 26, 2020 – 6:00 pm

Music at the Frist: Colin O'Brien

Cafe ~ FREE

This performance has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Colin O’Brien’s music is informed by the past and speaks to the present. A playful performer, Colin delights his audiences with catchy melodies, groovy rhythms, soulful lyrics, fancy footwork and old time hat tricks. His banjo, fiddle and guitar playing, percussive dancing, and lyrics all express an earnest regard for the traditional, natural and true. 

O’Brien is a nationally touring independent performer based in Nashville. He has shared bills with artists such as The Infamous String Dusters, Great American Taxi, Trampled By Turtles, Tim O’Brien, Del McCoury, Steve Martin, Sam Bush, Darol Anger and Peter Rowan. Colin has performed at innumerable venues and festivals throughout the United States such as Rocky Grass, (2012, 2013) The John Hartford Memorial Festival (2011, 2012, 2013), The Station Inn, Music City Roots, Bluegrass Underground (Cumberland Caverns) The Jackpine Jamboree (2006–2013), Swamp N Grass (2006, 2007, 2008), Swallow Hill, Summerfest (2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2013), Crested Butte Arts Festival, Boats and Bluegrass (2009, 2010, 2011), Noreast’r Festival, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, The Sioux River Folk Festival, The Ark, and dozens more.

Colin loves to engage his audience, young and old alike, and may at any time leave the stage to dance and sing among them; his voice, fiddle and feet all still resounding loud and clear.

O’Brien’s latest release After A Song features Colin’s  songs performed with several of John Hartford’s band mates. 

When not entertaining on the road, O’Brien may be found dancing in his front yard on the banks of the Cumberland River with his fiddle and banjo as the General Jackson steamboat rounds Hartford’s bend.


“Colin O’Brien is a great entertainer.” – Tim O’Brien

“Colin’s music is genuine, whimsical, full of fun and carefully crafted. For me, it’s a very pleasant surprise” – Larry Perkins

“After A Song Bottles the lightning that was John Hartford’s engagingly off-center songwriting.” –  Nashville Scene.

“You are a very talented artist." – John D. Loudermilk, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee


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