Blog 2 - March 2021

It's almost a year since I wrote Blog 1, so I thought the time was right for the follow-up. It's hard to believe, not to mention understand, all that has happened in the last 12 months. The world has changed, possibly irrevocably, hopefully not beyond repair.  

As I write these lines, there are rays of hope that restrictions are going to ease, that we will all be vaccinated and that, not insignificantly, venues will re-open and live gigs will return. Once that happens, I think I am not alone in believing that it will be a genuine breath of fresh air. Lord knows, we need it.  

For my part, I am straining at the leash to get back to my favorite Saturday afternoon haunt - Rockwood Music Hall on Manhattan's lower east side - which I truly hope will re-open sooner rather than later. I just love that place. I've seen so many wonderful musicians there.  

I've spent the past year recording my second album - still to be named - with the wonderful Tony Calabro at Astoria Park Recording in Queens. Tony - this guy. I've never seen anybody who can say, "I think we need a solo here," pick up the guitar, tear off an amazing improvised solo right on the spot, and then get back to recording. 60 seconds, tops. It's a lesson in excellence, not to mention humility (for me).  

This album has got 10 songs ranging from Americana/folkie stuff to straight ahead rock to some kind of gospel-infused thing. That song hasn't got any instruments on it, just voices, highlighted by the superlative Angie LeMar. It's a cool track. I hope you like it. Here's a link to another one of the tracks, just as a sneak preview. The album hasn't got a name, yet, But, once it's all ready I'm sure I'll write some other kind of blog, just to let everybody know. It should be a month or two. 

As for all the rest, I know all of my favorite local bands are getting ready to make music again very soon - Killdeer, Lady Picture Show, Reality's Dream, X-Ray Love, Op Ed and many more. Watch out for them. Live music is coming back. Can you hear it?  

Hope to see you soon.  

James

1 comment

  • Daniel Smith
    Daniel Smith NY
    Glad to see the blog return and can't wait to once again enjoy the James O'Brien Experience! Thanks you as well for the shout outs!!

    Glad to see the blog return and can't wait to once again enjoy the James O'Brien Experience! Thanks you as well for the shout outs!!

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