"We work intuitively. We know how to give each other a lot of grief on stage," she laughed.
Touring and playing together is very different than it used to be. There's less stress.
"There isn't that worry in the back of our heads," O'Brien said. "We're not wondering if everyone is OK, if the kids are all right. We don't have to get a sitter to go play."
And it's more fun.
"We can just revert to being juvenile."
Not that they mind having the kids around. In fact, O'Brien, Moore and their daughters, Brigid and Lucy, as well as Mollie's younger brother, Tim O'Brien, and his two sons, Jackson and Joel, recorded an album, "Reincarnation," together as the band O'Brien Party of Seven.
The album, due out sometime this year, is a collection of songs by 11-time Grammy Award winning country singer/songwriter Roger Miller ("King of the Road"). After it's released, the family band will do some touring together. O'Brien said they lucked out that the kids like the same kind of music as their parents and that it's going to be fun taking the whole family out for a show.
"They're going to be totally spoiled," she warned of the children. "They'll be playing some really nice gigs right out the chute instead of hitting the bars."
All that will come later this year. In the meantime, O'Brien said, she and Moore are having a good time performing as a duo. People seem to like to see them together, and the response to "Saints and Sinners" has been good. The record has brought them a little more work, and the two are considering a follow up -- eventually.
"But the record is still new to us," she said, then joked, "That translates into we haven't paid it off yet."
After all, it may be a good time to be a folk musician, but there's still a recession going on.
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.