7 Minutes Late

We are very proud to announce the release of our 5th CD 7 Min­utes Late on the Amer­i­can Show­place Label. It’s our finest work to date. Many of the songs that our fans have heard at our live shows over the past year are here as well as some brand new mate­r­i­al. We will be out tour­ing coast to coast and through out Europe and Cana­da in sup­port. Please come out and see us at a town near you.

The Chris O'Leary Band Florida 2017 Tour ScheduleWe’re tak­ing the show on the road, going on a two-week tour of Flori­da start­ing Jan­u­ary 14 and going through Jan­u­ary 28. We’ll be play­ing in some of Florida’s best blues clubs from New Smyr­na Beach to Key Largo on the Atlantic coast and Engle­wood to Mar­co Island on the Gulf coast. On the way down to Flori­da, we’ll be stop­ping in clubs in Wash­ing­ton DC, Bal­ti­more, and Rich­mond. We’ll be play­ing all your favorites from our first four CDs plus some new tunes on our upcom­ing fifth CD.

Please check the cal­en­dar and come on out and see us if we’re in a town near you. It’s gonna be a whole mess of fun!

We are delight­ed to be return­ing to one of our favorite music venues in the Hud­son Val­ley this New Year’s Eve, The Towne Crier Cafe in Bea­con. We’ll be joined by Sari Schorr and her band deliv­er­ing their high ener­gy blues-rock sound. The chefs in the kitchen are plan­ning a mem­o­rable New Year’s Eve feast buf­fet, includ­ing a vari­ety of appe­tiz­ers and entrees, capped off by dessert — sump­tu­ous choco­late truf­fles, petit fours and fresh fruit. Also includ­ed for din­ner guests: a com­pli­men­ta­ry bot­tle of cham­pagne per cou­ple. Get your tick­ets now!

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ChrisO'LearyPosterWe’re excit­ed to be play­ing this new venue for the first time, and we’ll be singing tunes from our upcom­ing CD and oth­er new songs, plus plen­ty of your old favorites. This will be our only Hud­son Val­ley appear­ance in July, as we’ll just be back from our Euro­pean Tour and get­ting ready to head out on our west­ern US tour at the end of the month. Come on out and join us! This is a small venue and may sell out, so get your tick­ets now!

Anoth­er stel­lar review of our new CD, Gonna Die Tryin’, appears in the lat­est issue of Big City Blues Mag­a­zine. Here’s the com­plete review:

2015 was a year that saw a num­ber of impres­sive har­mon­i­ca-led record­ings. For this writer’s mon­ey, Chris O’Leary stood at the head of the class. With a fat tome that some­times reminds of William Clarke, O’Leary is an excep­tion­al­ly impres­sive song­writer and vocal­ist, as well. He’s as steeped in real life as he is in poet­ic paint­ing. On the open­er, Can’t Help Your­self (“If you want to do it/ ahead and just say screw it.”) Chris Vitarello’s gui­tar is flu­id and sting­ing. O’Leary blows crys­tal clear harp. 19cents a day is a glimpse into the real­i­ty of war (“A pat on the back/HR will show you the door/when they fin­ish screwin’ dad they’ll send junior off to war/3 years in the guard he’s on tour num­ber 2 when it’s some­one else’s son it’s an easy thing to do/See we appre­ci­ate your ser­vice sir, but sir you’ve got to go … I’m sure they can help you down at the VA/where they fly Old Glo­ry proudly/for 19 cents a day”). Bruce Katz burns up the B3 on this. Hook Line and Sinker has a horn vamp (Andy Stahl, tenor sax and Chris DiFrancesco, bari­tone sax) that reminds of the Otis Redding/Carla Thomas tune Tramp. The gui­tar work is straight out of Mus­cle Shoals. O’Leary’s vocals are as strong as most any­one out there. Part Kim Wil­son, part Tad Robin­son. The title cut (“There’s gonna be some killin’ … /it’s a razor thin line between right­eous­ness and dyin’/ make your mind up quick or you’re gonna die tryin’/things ain’t men­tioned in polite conversation/one nation under god ain’t a lit­er­al trans­la­tion…”) is bril­liant.

Let­ters From Home is a slow blues writ­ten from a marine’s per­spec­tive. (“I’m ter­ri­fied and lonesome/about a thou­sand miles away from home/desert wind chills me to the bone/Mail call’s about the only thing keeps a man sane/in this god for­sak­en com­bat zone….I need your let­ters from home.” Again, Vitarello’s gui­tar work is impres­sive. The Dev­il Drove to Town in a V8 Ford is a work­out for every­one on board. O’Leary’s writ­ing, here as else­where on the disc, is as impres­sive as the best of Spring­steen or any oth­er acknowl­edged mas­ter. Emo­tive, cin­e­mat­ic. He sings, “Jesus said you got noth­ing for me/So be gone and tempt me no more/The Dev­il jumped into his coupe/and start­ed up that V8 Ford.” The Machine show­cas­es his excel­lent harp work while bemoan­ing the drudgery of get­ting by. Walk­ing Con­tra­dic­tion (“throw me to the wolves and just let it all go.”) is hard core Chica­go. Har­vest Time, with its piano, drum, bass, and horns is the sto­ry of a man steal­ing elec­tric­i­ty from his neigh­bors (“I got a two year plan to get me off the grid.”) and doing “some ille­gal agri­cul­ture when the sun goes down.” The addi­tion of back­ing vocal­ist Lib­by Cabel­lo gives it a cross between church and fes­ti­val. One More Sat­ur­day Night speaks to the fall­out from tour­ing (“I gave you all I had and you still walked away … the bad was pret­ty awful but the good was pret­ty great”) and spot­lights O’Leary’s pow­er­ful harp work. Every­thing works. Strong vocals, a com­mand of the lan­guage and mus­cu­lar harp work. Clear­ly one of the best releas­es of 2015. —Mark E. Gal­lo