BLuNotes and the Charlotte Blues Society are proud to welcome the Chris O'Leary Band back to the BLuNotes stage for a FREE HUMP DAY SHOW Wednesday April 27 from 7-10pm!
The band is traveling through the Carolinas and is making a stop at BLuNotes to play a FREE show! The tip bucket will be out, so be generous!
Winner : Blues Music Award2011
Winner : Illinois Blues Blast Award "Best New Artist Debut" 2011
Hump day will never be the same! Come out and catch the best Blues around
Chris O'Leary was the harmonica player for Levon Helm for many years, touring and recording with the band. Now he tours with his own 7 piece band, featuring harmonica, guitar, bass, drums, vocalist and 2 horn players. After two acclaimed studio albums, O’Leary and band are now supporting their sizzling live album Live at Blues Now!
Chris O’Leary cut his teeth on six years as singer, harp player and front man for Levon Helm’s Barnburners and seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps (infantry squad leader in the Gulf War) — you’ve got to be pretty tough and competent to handle either of those assignments, and Chris came through with flying colors. International tours with the Barnburners and an extended musical residency in New Orleans’ French Quarter bring a wealth of influences to his singing, playing and songwriting. The Chris O’Leary Band’s 2010 VizzTone debut, MR. USED TO BE, garnered critical raves, international airplay, a prestigious Blues Music Award nomination, and a “Best New Artist Debut CD” victory at Chicago’s Blues Blast Music Awards.
The Chris O’Leary Band, all living in New York’s musically-rich Hudson River Valley, worked with producer Dave Gross in his Fat Rabbit Studios to create WAITING FOR THE PHONE TO RING. The record is made up of mostly live performances, with musical interplay that seems to bring the listener into the room with the band. Fat guitar and harmonica tones, pumping horns, keys, background vocals, upright bass and drums fall in behind O’Leary’s naturally powerful vocals. All thirteen songs are Chris O’Leary originals – West-Coast, Chicago and New Orleans flavors with moving, funny, and incisive lyrics over killer grooves. Each song has its own mood and personality, but they all come together to make a complete, cohesive contemporary Blues & Roots album that just oozes vintage cool.