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Happy New Year from The Chris O’Leary Band!

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A happy and healthy new year to all our fans, fam­ily, and friends! We hope that you’ll come out to see us play at a venue near you in 2016. We’ve already got sev­eral tours lined up in the US and we’ll be back in Basel, Switzer­land in June. Check out our updated cal­en­dar, we’ll be adding more shows as they get booked. We’ve got lots of great music and new tunes to play for you. Thank you for your support!

Blues Blast Magazine Interviews Chris O’Leary

cover9_50medium“‘Play the song.’

“A rather sim­ple and innocu­ous lit­tle com­ment, isn’t it?

“Could be some­thing as inno­cent as a request directed at a disc jockey or a plea from an impa­tient club owner to a belea­guered band.

“But no, this time those three words are a nugget of advice from one of the most leg­endary and well-respected musi­cians in the annals of mod­ern music – Mr. Levon Helm.

““That’s one of the great­est pieces of advice he gave me. Play the song, don’t use the song for what­ever it is you’re try­ing to do … like get­ting up there and show­ing off or show­ing every­body what you know. I remem­ber him telling a gui­tar player, ‘There’s a lot of notes, did you really have to play all of them?’” said singer, song-writer, harpist and band­leader Chris O’Leary. “He would say, ‘Play the song. Go up there and if you’re solo­ing, if you’re singing or if you’re play­ing rhythm, for­ward the song. What­ever the song may be, sup­port it. That’s a les­son that has car­ried me – among a zil­lion oth­ers that he taught me.””

Read the rest of the inter­view by Terry Mullins in the Decem­ber 10, 2015 issue of Blues Blast Magazine

First review of our new CD Gonna Die Tryin’!

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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”

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

Baby Jackson O’Leary is here!

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Jack­son O’Leary

Chris O’Leary and Charissa Shields are delighted to announce the birth of their son Jack­son Ronald Thomas O’Leary, on Mon­day, July 27th at 3:45 pm. Jack­son weighed in at 8 lbs 4oz and already has his father wrapped around his lit­tle fin­ger: “The sec­ond my baby boy opened his big blue eyes I was done, toast, com­pletely in love!” Join us in con­grat­u­lat­ing the proud parents!

Vote for The Chris O’Leary Band

We were nom­i­nated for a 2015 Blues Blast Award in the Best Live Record­ing cat­e­gory and would really appre­ci­ate your sup­port! Vote here: http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/bbmas/vote/