Dubbed “a voice the world should hear” by Paddy Moloney (The Chieftains), Siobhan O’Brien is writing music for the risk takers of this world. Certainly a woman who made the trek from Ireland to America, with only two suitcases in hand, to be a full-time songwriter knows a thing or two about risk.
It’s a common narrative for songwriters to chronicle their journey towards self-discovery but O’Brien does it in a manner that is so relatable, it’s as if she wrote these songs for you alone. Perhaps it’s the exquisite tension in her voice, the authenticity in her lyrics, or the magnetic presence on stage that garnered a generation of admirers ranging from Bob Dylan to Leonard Cohen but the indie-rock songwriter is only just begun to tell her story.
As a fourth generation Irish musician, music runs in O’Brien’s blood but in 2016, America called to her as the place she wanted to lay down music roots of her own. Within 5 weeks of living in the States she had secured an opening slot at the acclaimed Birchmere Music Hall (for English songwriter, Nick Lowe) and had been awarded a coveted spot in the Folk-DJ Showcase at North East Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) by Mary Cliff ( RenownedFolk Radio DJ for 40 years). Every night she carried her guitar into one of the many well stocked Irish pubs in the DC area, while throwing herself into her writing by day; when she began searching for recording studios for her next album, there was only one city that, as a spinning vinyl stuck on repeat, kept calling to her: Austin. It was in the star city that she met her co-producers, John Bush and Matt Hubbard, drummer and keyboardist for Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, and recorded her third album “You Can’t Run Out Of Love”.
When asked what she hopes her listeners will take away from her 3rd album “You Can’t Run Out Of Love” (out Fall 2019), O’Brien says: “ It was borne out of necessity and an idea that we can achieve whatever we set out to achieve”. It’s not about the end goal. It’s not about how fast you get there. It’s in the living. It’s in the community you build. That’s what I want my fans to learn from this new record.”
Siobhán O’Brien | YOU CAN’T RUN OUT OF LOVE | (Independent)
4 out of 5 stars
Siobhán O’Brien wears her influences on her proverbial sleeve. Inspired by the vintage songwriters of an earlier era - Joni Mitchell in particular, but also Leonard Cohen, Joan Baez, Jackson Brown, among them -
she adheres to old school designs that combine to create a meld of contemporary soft rock and plaintive folk finesse. She’s hardly twee by any means, but her songs betray more than a faint whiff of patchouli. READ MORE HERE