Chris O’Leary (from the album 7 Minutes Late available on American Showplace Music)
Love gone wrong is the topic as Chris O’Leary pulls the title track into the station on 7 Minutes Late, his recent release. Chris O’Leary puts flesh on the emotions as relates the murderous tale of “7 Minutes Late” with a tense edge, syphoning lifeblood from the lyrics with the magnetic draw of the words and hellhound blasts from his harmonica. The track sets the standard for its sibling songs on the recording, raising a bar for Rhythm and Blues in general. Chris O’Leary leads a second line strut through “Circus Just Left Town” while a Southern Soul breeze blows in the soft horns and warm harmonies of “Unbelievable” while 7 Minutes Late spits out a beat to plead for another break in “One More Chance at Love” and rips up the rug for a honky tonk stomp on love with “Heartbreak Waiting to Happen”.
Taking the lead has been a long-time day gig for Chris O’Leary as his voice fronted Levon Helm’s Barnburners for six year, the singer offering vocal duties to Bobby Keys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Albert Lee, Dave Edmunds, James Cotton, and many others. Putting the music under his own name, Chris O’Leary released his solo debut in 2011 (Mr. Used to Be), returning with 7 Minutes Late to offer another blast of Blues over smooth grooves (“Bones”), acoustic Soul (“Daddy’s Here”), and Dixieland struts (“Driving Me Crazy”). 7 Minutes Late crawls into “Your Day Will Come” on a slow moving groove spreading fat guitar rifs and crisp piano notes under the warning in the story as Chris O’Leary finds a seat in some Country Blues for the hard truths of “She Ain’t Comin’ Back” and makes a full confession on the full-frontal uptown Saturday night blast of “What the Devil Made Me Do”.
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