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Traveler arrives like some horseman from the dusty past. His news is blunt, if not apocalyptic, with warnings that the future promises only "rotting flesh and broken bone." His chaps are stained with blood shed during the Civil War, and the trail he's followed from then until now runs alongside the Mississippi before melting into "a road without end" that winds back toward where our memories began. O'Brien lays all this out with help from some impressive players, but even the often incendiary Béla Fleck joins with them in toning down the fireworks and creating evocative settings through the most minimal gestures -- a slow-motion guitar arpeggio, a keening fiddle, a note here or there to complement O'Brien's relaxed delivery. It's significant, perhaps, that the album opens with "Kelly Joe's Shoes," an ode to a pair of beat-up sneakers that gave O'Brien some pretty good mileage, and ends with "Less & Less," which celebrates the joys of moving through life with as little baggage as possible. From music through message, Traveler just about gets it right.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2003
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891397825
catalogNumber: 3978


  1. Kelly Joe's Shoes
  2. I've Endured
  3. Turn the Page Again
  4. Let Love Take You Back Again
  5. Restless Spirit Wandering
  6. Another Day
  7. On the Outside Looking In
  8. Forty-Nine Keep on Talkin'
  9. Family History
  10. Fell into Her Deep Blue Eyes
  11. Travelers
  12. Less & Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim O'Brien   Primary Artist,Bouzouki,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Edgar Meyer   Bass
Ray Bonneville   Harmonica,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dennis Crouch   Bass
John Doyle   Bouzouki,Guitar
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Kenny Malone   Percussion
Jonell Mosser   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dirk Powell   Banjo,Bass,Piano,Accordion
Darrell Scott   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jon Randall Stewart   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Casey Driessen   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Ray Bonneville   Composer
Tim O'Brien   Composer,Producer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer,Engineering
Darrell Scott   Composer

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