Tim O’Brien launches Short Order Sessions
Grammy winning Americana artist Tim O’Brien will launch his new download label Short Order Sessions on January 6. Available on all digital music outlets including iTunes and Amazon, the label’s debut release is Brush My Teeth With Coca-Cola, a humorous look at the Freedom Industries chemical spill one year ago that contaminated the water supply of 300,000 West Virginians.
Proceeds from Brush My Teeth With Coca-Cola will benefit West Virginia environmental organization AWARE: Artists Working in Alliance to Restore the Environment. (www.awarewv.org)
Starting in February, Short Order Sessions will release new singles on the first and third Tuesdays of each month (shortordersession.com). O’Brien is well known to Folk, Bluegrass, and Americana fans for his hybrid of acoustic roots music and original songs. His current release with Hot Rize, When I’m Free is currently climbing the bluegrass charts. Born in Wheeling, WV, the current Nashville resident says the initial release is timely.
“Last year’s chemical spill in the Charleston area woke many of us to the fragile nature of the environment. My song is one of many written in the wake of the tragedy. There’s no easy fix, but one year later, it’s more important than ever to remain vigilant and to hold industry accountable. We take tap water for granted, so imagine three hundred thousand people suddenly scrambling for enough water to cook and bath with, a whole community stressed and afraid. The guy in my song wonders what to do, hoping to catch rain in a bucket. Meanwhile he brushes his teeth with what’s handy.”
O’Brien says he hopes to develop a new record label model with Short Order Sessions. “I’ve seen LPs, then cassettes, now CDs, come and go. The traditional album set of 10 or more songs is less viable, so is the record store that sells them. Single song releases and downloads have taken over, so Short Order Sessions is my quiet, folky way of staying current. I’m excited to record and release one off songs with various friends, to keep new ideas flowing.”
Brush My Teeth With Coca-Cola features Kathy Mattea on background vocals. Both West Virginia natives have made musical stands on coal and the environment, Mattea with her CD “Coal” and O’Brien with last year’s Grammy nominated song “Keep Your Dirty Lights On” in collaboration with Darrell Scott.