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"Chris sings in a strong, clear voice and plays a mean harp ... It is always good to see new acts writing their own material and not resorting to covers of the usual suspects. The Chris O'Leary Band has produced a varied CD which deserves to get them more attention. A band to watch out for, in my view."

"O'Leary, who has the crewcut-and-muscles appeal of the former Marine he is, is a forceful harp player, a powerful singer and a natural frontman."
Kay Roybal ~ Blues Revue Magazine


The Chris O'Leary Band plays American Roots music, steeped in the tradition of Memphis, Chicago and New Orleans.

Chris's musical background includes duties as lead singer and front man for rock and roll hall of famer and Grammy award winner Levon Helm's band The Barnburners. During the 6 years that Chris and Levon played together they toured across the US and Canada lighting up stages everywhere they went. 

Chris has appeared on stage with: legendary Rolling Stones sideman Bobby Keys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino (leader of Conan O'Brien's TV band), Jeff Healy, Dan Akroyd, Albert Lee, Dave Edmunds, Dave Maxwell and the great James Cotton to name just a few. Chris has also recorded with Bill Perry and Hubert Sumlin among others.

  • 2011 Blues Blast Award, Best New Artist Debut CD for "Mr. Used to Be"
  • 2011 American Blues Music Awards nominee, Best New Artist Debut