Chris O’ Leary review…January 19, 2019….

CHRIS O’LEARY

7 MINUTES LATE

AMERICAN SHOWPLACE MUSIC  ASM 7607

WHAT THE DEVIL MADE ME DO–YOUR DAY WILL COME–ONE MORE CHANCE AT LOVE–SECOND TIME AROUND–SHE AIN’T COMING BACK–CIRCUS JUST LEFT TOWN–7 MINUTES LATE–UNBELIEVABLE–BONES–HEARTBREAK WAITING TO HAPPEN–DRIVING ME CRAZY–DADDY’S HERE

Former U. S. Marine and lead singer for Levon Helm’s Barnburners, Chris O’ Leary is back with a dozen new tales of love, lust, and life in general.  It’s entitled “7 Minutes Late,” for American Showplace Music.  This harp-blasting singer/songwriter first came to our attention with his critically-acclaimed debut, “Mr. Used To Be,” and he’s been a consistent performer since that time.  He’s also recorded alongside Bill Perry, Hubert Sumlin, and a host of others.

Leading off is the pounding, thump-thump-thumpin’ tale that finds our hero asking for “1000 miles to drink, a couple hundred more to think” about “What The Devil Made Me Do.”  Funky guitars wind around Chris and his request for “One More Chance At Love,” but she stone puts him down for too much carousin’ in “Second Time Around.”  “Unbelievable” is just that—hitting a sweet, soulful, Stax-like vintage groove,  while you can pitch a boogie with the roadhouse-rockin’ tale of that girl we all know, with that smile that “oughta be against the law,” the “Heartbreak Waiting To Happen.”

Two powerful cuts stood out for us.  Twangin’, old-west-styled guitars over Chris’ vocal, that calls out all the haters and those who take advantage of others, and seeks “judgment on the content of character rather than the color of one’s skin,”  is called “Your Day Will Come.”  The chilling title cut is the tragic story of the sad endings of three lives in the love triangle caused by “the 7:05 running Seven Minutes Late.”

Chris O’Leary is the consummate performer.  With a Marine work ethic and a career honed by years fronting for Levon Helm, his solo career continues to impress, especially with the brilliant material that comprises “7 Minutes Late!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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