First review of our new CD Gonna Die Tryin’!

Gonna Die Tryin'
Gonna Die Tryin’

“Chris O’Leary has a vocal style that could make a believer out of a devout atheist and a harmonica style that will burn a hole straight through to the deepest part of your heart.  There’s just something in his delivery that has the listener hanging on every note and every word.  Seven years as a Marine and six years as a member of Levon Helm’s Barnburners are enough to convince the hardened skeptic that this cat has paid his dues.  If that’s not enough, one listen to this disc will drive the point home.  A band as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar backing his formidable skills is enough to get the point across that Chris O’Leary is 100% the real deal.  Backing him on this album are Chris Vitarello on guitar, Andy Stahl and Chris Difrancesco on saxophones, Matt Raymond on bass and Jay Devlin on drums.  Add the piano & organ work of Bruce Katz, Vinnie Nobile on trombone, and Willa Panvini McCarthy & Libby Cabello on background vocals…then add John Mooney as a special guest on guitar, and this tasty treat has the cherry on top.  The fact that O’Leary wrote all the music and lyrics for the album makes him all the more impressive.  As impressive a wordsmith as he is a harmonica player and vocalist, this cat is a threat on so many fronts that it’s not funny.  This is one of the most impressive, solid blues albums I have heard in quite some time.  There are no gimmicks, no high-tech pyrotechnics and absolutely no B.S. to be found, just a band pouring heart and soul into a performance.  This one is powerful and passionate, strong as an old locomotive with a full head of steam and no desire to slow down.  This one gets my highest recommendation.  It belongs in the library of every blues lover…without question.  — Bill Wilson”

You can preorder the CD now at –it will be released on September 18th.