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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

American Showplace Music artist: Chris O'Leary - 7 Minutes Late - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, 7 Minutes Late, from Chris O'Leary and I really like it. Opening with R&B track, What The Devil Made Me Do, O'Leary on lead vocal creates a lot of steam backed by Andrei Koribanics on drums, Matt Raymond on bass, Jeremy Baum on organ Chris Difrancesco on sax and some cool guitar soloing by Chris Vitarello with Peter Hopkinson and Greg Gumpel on guitars. One of my favorite tracks on the release is funky, One More Chance At Love, with a great bass, drum and rhythm guitar bottom giving O'Leary an excellent stage to show his excellent vocal and harmonica styling as well as slick guitar soloing by Hopkinson and Gumpel. Another favorite, Second Time Around is a straight, solid boogie. Grinding guitar soloing highlights the track over rimshots, harp boogie and super vocals. Excellent! Basin Street style blues on She Ain't Coming Back not only explores cool vocals but mandolin work by Gumpel and really nice horn work by Stahl and Difrancesco. Title track, 7 Minutes Late is an extended jam track with swampy vocals, slide guitar and thumping drums and featuring bluesy harp work by O'Leary. Very nice. Bones is another track with swampy roots and a tom tom laden bottom. Slide rich guitar work and excellent vocals and harp continues the overall richness of the release. Wrapping the release is soul track, Daddy's Here, with excellent vocals and melody making it a very nice closer for a strong release. 

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