Chris O'Connell was barely out of high school when, as a charter member of Asleep at the Wheel, she served notice on the music world that her curiosity and range would not be fenced in. She toured non-stop through the 70's, into the 80's and recorded several albums with a growing melange of long hair college drop outs and A-team Nashville session men. As long as it was a great song, it seemed there was no style of rhythm or melody she wouldn't try, or couldn't master. Right smack in the Bob Wills tradition of play-any-song-but-make-it-your-own, "The Wheel" grew into a very big band and Chris pushed the musical borders farther out.
Awards flowed, including a Grammy, but the push never stopped. Through the 80's she did a long series of clever TV commercials for Southwest Air and others, swinging duets of all kinds, and even comedy as Ethyl and Methyl, with Maryann Price. She did a series of lullabys with Floyd Domino. In the 90's she raised the swing bar even higher in a jazzy series with a bunch of Texans revolving around the steel guitar great Tom Morrell. From the beginning she also drove all those big bands playing a rhythm guitar that cut like a snow plow, straight up the Freddie Green highway.
In addition to the unique voice and matchless command, there is one other consistent thread in her career: fabulous musicians. She has worked with the great young upstarts and the iconic masters. She shared studios and stages all over the world with the biggest stars of every stripe. And now, finally! as a solo artist, the style remains. On her first solo project, "Be Right Back!", she sings a stunning variety of songs, backed by a big eclectic mix of masters, young and not so young. This collection is a perfect summary, a culmination of decades of Chris O'Connell hard at work in the plush abundance of American music.