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Tim O'Brien (born March 16, 1954 in Wheeling, West Virginia) is a Grammy Award-winning American country and bluegrass musician. In addition to singing, he plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki and mandocello. To date, he has released more than ten studio albums, in addition to charting a duet with Kathy Mattea entitled "The Battle Hymn of Love", a #9 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts in 1990.

At the age of 12, he first heard a Bob Dylan record, played by his sister Mollie, afterwards deciding to take up music. Throughout his teens, he taught himself to play guitar, violin, and mandolin.

As a boy of the 1950s he had his ears wide open to the country and bluegrass melting pot on the local WWVA show, as well as the Beatles on the radio. In 1973, he dropped out of Colby College to pursue music professionally. He wrote to his mother at the time, saying,

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