The Championship Years

As one of Nashville’s top session musicians since 1984, 29-year-old O’Connor has played fiddle, mandolin, and guitar on hundreds of records, providing everything from routine backup work for such performers as Lacy J. Dalton and Randy Travis to showcase fiddling on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Volume Two. Before moving to Tennessee from Washington state, O’Connor reigned supreme on the national fiddle championship circuit, beating out both adults and youngsters for nearly a decade, starting at age 11. The Championship Years, of 40 early live concert performances (1975-84) traces the evolution of his soulful style with traditional fiddle tunes, including fast-paced breakdowns, waltzes, rags, and polkas. Although collections of this sort are inherently repetitive, the songs are also liquid and lively, a toe-tappers’ dream. B-

The Championship Years
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