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Be Right Back!

by Chris O'Connell

Songs that tell your story in a melody you can hum, with a beat you can dance to, by a voice you can take to the church or the juke joint.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. A Little Mo' Love
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2. Everything Is Movin' Too Fast
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3. My Baby Don't Love Me Anymore
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4. Sufferin' With the Blues
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5. Shenandoah
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6. When Love Was New
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7. Everything I've Got Belongs to You
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8. City Water
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9. One More Day
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10. I Could Have Told You So
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11. (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame
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12. Skid Row in My Mind
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13. It'll Come to You
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Album Notes
Genre: “rock”. Wrong. This is not a rock record. Who could categorize it? Nat Hentoff? Mother Maybelle Carter? Bootsy Collins?

Chris O’Connell picked songs written by friends like LeRoy Preston, Blackie Farrell, Brenda Burns, Bill Kirchen, and mixed in some hardly-standards of jazz and r&b, threw in a couple of Broadway show tunes, and then tapped great players to fit each song. There was one rule: if the song didn’t make her cry or laugh out loud it wasn’t on the short list.

Some of these songs will be familiar to the listener in an eerie sort of way; others should come to be included among classics of their own genres.

After 42 years as a “sideman”, Chris finally steps out front to share favorite songs about the good and the bad of all kinds of love. Try them out while you’re working on a dance step, or walking to the bus, or cruising with the top down, or kickin a bad habit, or plotting a first kiss, or nursing an unearned insult, or washing a dog, or just wishing on a star.


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Greg Lew

Be Right Back
Unlike most long -time followers of Chris O'Connell, I decided a few years ago to quit asking " whatever happened to that gal singer from Asleep at the Wheel?' and seek her out through internet and social media without looking like or seeming to be a demented fan/ stalker. Its hard to convey the joy I felt when I first heard Chris sing all those years ago with Ray Benson and company, crooning out those lovely Tex ballads and jazz infused gems like " I wonder" and "When Love Goes Wrong". I was thrilled to learn that there was a work in progress, and an imminent release date.. I am happy to report that there is not a song on this CD that does not thrill and surprise. Each track takes a new road , and none can be pigeon -holed by genre. Bluesy jump jazz? Country soul swing? Yes, but so much more.. Standards like
" Shenandoah" ring with a crystalline coolness and muted,succinctly separated string arrangements that shine like polished brass. Chris sings just a smidge ahead of the beat on the lovably quirky "Everything is Movin' to Fast" and reminds of us how uniquely qualified she remains to interpret her own voice as instrument. " Everything I've got Belongs To You" had me tapping and snapping until finally after the 3rd play I stopped hitting the repeat prompt.. And what a joy to hear "City Water", a new Country classic with hillbilly attitude and cornpone class. " One More Day" sounds like something tossed down from a Bourbon Street veranda , horns and piano meet dobro with a cocktail marching mix that is sure to have you pining for another round. " I Could Have told You So" makes your heavy eyelids
droop and your chin drop to your knees with the notion that a rejected heart could happen any second now.. Chris rips it up with retro rockin' flair on " Marie's the Name" then slows it back down with a whiskey soaked " Skid Row In My Mind" A stellar support team of top-shelf musicians such as Cindy Cashdollar, Junior Brown and Bill Kirchen bring a confident finesse to the album, and track separation is flawless. Production quality second to none with a clear, pin-dropping resonance that makes this one
stand alone.
She's back with a vengeance, folks, and the CD will stay on your primary play list for a long time to come. One of my top picks for 2012 , a wonderful way to spend 45 minutes 3 times a day.. See you at The Americana Music Awards in 2013.

Slim Heilpern

Strong, Swingin', and Soulful
This CD is almost too marvelous for words, and Chris O'Connell is, I can only assume, responsible for its wonderfulness. Her impeccable choice of tunes, musicians, and grooves is only out-done by her singular and infectious voice -- yes, that's the same voice I practically grew up with at all those fantastic Asleep at the Wheel gigs so long ago. Chris not only still has it (whatever 'it' is), but it's become even more alluring over time. Bravo!

Be Right Back!

How to drive on I-5
I didn't know who this gal is, I never listened to much outside jazz and pop contemporary, like Diana Krall and Norah Jones. Someone handed me this CD before a long drive down I-5 and I could not get enough of it. Round it went for hours, and it kept getting better! She sings with real guts, and what a sweet voice! When she says she wants a "Little Mo' Love," I swear she's talking to me. This is really an unbelievable find, I can't wait to hear it again.