“Coming Home” is the title track on the group's newest project. "I've recorded on at least 500 albums," O'Connor says, "but I have to say, there are very few, if any, that I've been as proud of as this O'Connor Band album. With the help of Grammy winners Gregg Field [co-producer] and Neal Cappellino [chief engineer], we're bridging the gap between progressive bluegrass, country, and indie folk and yet creating something that is also very commercially viable."
Multi Grammy and CMA Award-winning fiddler and composer Mark O’Connor returns to progressive bluegrass and country music with the O’Connor Band and their debut album, Coming Home. O’Connor embarked on a prolific career as an American Classical music composer, hot swing violinist and legendary bluegrass fiddler collaborating with the likes of Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs, James Taylor, Wynton Marsalis and Yo-Yo Ma. The New York Times has described O’Connor’s career as “one of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music.”
Coming Home is a perfect balance of contemporary songcraft by Forrest and Kate and intricate instrumentals featuring the band’s triple fiddle lineup. The O’Connor Band is rounded out by national flatpick champion Joe Smart on guitar and University of Miami DMA candidate Geoff Saunders on bass and banjo. Co-producer and Grammy-winner Gregg Field says, “At the heart of any album is the songwriting. Kate and Forrest have seductively crafted alluring stories and colorful characters in their songs, some biographical and each one sounding like a new standard.”
The album opens with guest guitarist Joe Smart's bright arpeggios on the Jim Shirey-penned tune "Always Do," followed by a lively triple-fiddle-fueled "Coming Home" and a rousing version of the old Osborne Brothers hit "Ruby, Are You Mad at Your Man?" After weaving traditional country and progressive bluegrass throughout, the record closes with the instrumental "Fiddler Going Home."
Mark himself has the name that fans of many different musical styles will immediately recognize. A former child prodigy and national champion on the fiddle, guitar, and mandolin, Mark has won his share of Grammys and CMA Awards, and has collaborated with a dizzying array of iconic artists, including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Randy Travis, Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, and Yo-Yo Ma. He has also written numerous violin concertos, which he has performed with hundreds of major symphony orchestras around the world. In addition to performing, he has authored a groundbreaking and now best-selling instructional method for strings, The O’Connor Method. Hailed by The New York Times as having followed “one of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music,” O’Connor’s career has been unique and inspirational.