The Mandolins and Beer Podcast #191 Forrest O’Connor

My guest this week on the podcast if Forrest O’Connor. Nashville-born singer-songwriter, guitarist, and mandolinist Forrest O’Connor earned national recognition as one of the lead vocalists and instrumentalists in the O’Connor Band, a group he co-founded with his wife, Kate, and his father, seven-time CMA Award-winning violinist Mark O’Connor. Forrest wrote several songs, including the title track, for the O’Connor Band’s debut album Coming Home, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums Chart and won a Grammy Award in 2017. Most recently, he arranged and contributed a track to the John Hartford Fiddle Tune Project Vol. 1 tribute album, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2021. Prior to the O’Connor Band, Forrest toured nationally as a duo with Kate and frequently performed as a sideman at The Station Inn in Nashville. In 2014, he won the Tennessee State Mandolin Championship. He is a graduate of Harvard University.

Be sure to head over to Forrest’s website HERE where you can find links to his projects and social media!

Here’s a link to the Article about myself and the podcast in this month’s edition of the Bluegrass Standard magazine!

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Song Clips featured in this episode:
“The Saga of Harrison Crab Feathers” by The Hay Brigade (S/T)

“In the House of Tom Bombadil” by Nickel Creek (S/T)

“Caprice No 4 in D Major” by Mark O’ Connor (30 Year Retrospective)

“Coming Home” The O’Connor Band (Coming Home)

“Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom” by The Hay Brigade (S/T)

“Jerusalem Bridge” The O’Connor Band (Coming Home)

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