A charter member of Grammy-winning band Asleep at the Wheel, and now back with a solo album called \ After being mentioned in Rolling Stone magazine by Van Morrison, they landed a record deal with United Artists. It has the stunning vocals of Chris O'Connell on several tracks. Chris O'Connell's solo album, “One guys would play Steely Dan, and another Bull Moose Jackson. “Not with the Basie band but with a small group made up of a couple of Basie guys. New Releases. This is where we’re at our human best. Reuter’s pegged The Wheel as "one of the best live acts in the business." Producer: Tommy Allsup) 033 81368 FAT BOY RAG 4187/ST-11441 30 June 1975 [no 13763] Nashville, TN - Asleep At The Wheel (Producer: Tommy Allsup) I got goosebumps while recording some of the tracks for her new CD; she's truly one of a kind.- Cindy Cashdollar. I got my first pro singing job with a band of scruffs playing country music. “We would pack the place. People just showed up, way beyond capacity. Country: US ... Chris O'Connell, Leroy Preston Lead Vocals – Ray Benson Saxophone – Andy Stein Trumpet – Bill Joor Written-By – D. Darling*, M. Gabler*, V. Horton* Asleep at the Wheel OAKLAND, CA - JULY 9: (L-R) Leroy Preston, Ray Benson driver, Gene Dobkin, Lucky Oceans, Chris O'Connell and Floyd Domino of the music group Asleep at the Wheel pose for a portrait as they sit in a pick-up truck on July 9, 1972 in Oakland, California. At last! Asleep at the Wheel moved to MCA for 1980’s Framed, but all was not well: founding member Lucky Oceans left the group that year, and Chris O’Connell took a leave of absence to start a family not long after. “Chris is very knowledgeable and unpretentious and funny. The Basie sound left an enduring imprint on O’Connell, particularly via the purring engine of Count’s All American Rhythm Section, rhythm guitar master Freddie Green. Find Chris O'Connell credit information on AllMusic AllMusic. Want to know what else is going on in Berkeley and nearby? We started work on it in 2009 and spent about a year just picking songs. They were maybe 20. It has the stunning vocals of Chris O'Connell on several tracks. Su mayor éxito "The Letter That Johnny Walker Read", fue número 10 en 1975. In 1969, Ray Benson and Lucky Oceans (Reuben Gosfield) co-founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia, and soon after they found themselves opening for Alice Cooper and Hot Tuna in Washington, DC. I still have the recordings, including one Tex Ritter song called ‘I Can’t Get My Foot Off the Rail.’”. It was recorded while blues great Johnny Nicholas was with Asleep at the Wheel. Members include Ray Benson (born Ray Benson Seifert on March 16, 1951, in Philadelphia, PA; original member), guitar, vocals; Chris Booher, piano; Cindy Cashdollar, dobro; Floyd Domino (born Jim Haber; joined group 1972; left group 1978), piano; Michael Francis, saxophone; Danny Levin (born 1949, in Philadelphia, PA; joined group 1974; left group early 1980s), fiddle, mandolin; Bill Mabry (joined group 1975; left group late 1970s), fiddle; David Miller, bass; Lucky Oceans (born Reuben Gosfield on April 22, … I first heard Chris O’Connell sing at the Longbranch Saloon in Berkeley, California, when she was the female vocalist with Asleep At the Wheel. Asleep at the Wheel is bringing you a very special 90-minute holiday livestream on December 19th at 7 pm CST! For the next fifteen years we hammered it out on the road the hard, hard way. The songbook relied on Western swing and country music, with a few notable originals by drummer Leroy Preston. -Elvis Costello. Floyd Domino was playing piano with the Wheel and he got everyone hooked on Count Basie,” which led to the band’s first Grammy Award for “One O’clock Jump.”. We decided to connect certain musicians with each song, according to its tone and texture. Asleep at the Wheel moved to MCA for 1980's Framed, but all was not well: founding member Lucky Oceans left the group that year, and Chris O'Connell took a leave of absence to start a family not long after. Submit your own events for free if they aren’t there already — and give them featured status for just a few dollars a day. ... Asleep at the Wheel is an outstanding album from start to finish: the material is impeccable, and the musicians are excellent. Find Chris O'Connell credit information on AllMusic. The instrumental solos are as enjoyable as the vocals. Asleep at the Wheel. -Buddy Miller, "Chris O'Connell sings so great on that terrific Roger Miller ballad . We made hit records and worked with the greatest stars of every kind of music and saw every glorious and funky side of show biz. Chris O\'Connell sings Americana, country, jazz, R&B, blues, & torch ballads like nobody else. He also reports for the San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, and KQED’s California Report. 30 June 1975 [no 13758] Nashville, TN - Asleep At The Wheel (Chris O' Connell [banjo], Johnny Gimble [el mandolin], Billy Briggs [tenor sax], Bobby Womack [trumpet], Mike O' Dowd [clarinet]. Donate to Berkeleyside and support independent local journalism. And then, as happens in audiences, the feeling moves on to the next person, and the next. By Dan Forte. Her SmartAleck book includes the work of Merle Haggard and Louis Jordan, Mose Allison and Rodgers and Hart, the Beatles, Tammy Wynette, Hazel Dickens, Willie Nelson, and Hank Williams. Read. "…like a combination of Connie Smith, Sarah Vaughan and Sugar Pie DeSanto all rolled up into one…." Like in Asleep, O’Connell supports herself with expert rhythm guitar work, and brings poise and authority to an unlikely array of songs drawn from jazz, blues, R&B and of course the country canon. She’s passionate about songwriting and the power of a good song, and is drawn to them regardless of genre.”, O’Connell credits her parents with opening her years to jazz. Ray Benson chatting with Asleep at the Wheel founding members and Alice Coopers manger, Shep Gordon about The Wheel's first ever show opening for Alice Cooper on August 25, 1970! Chris O’Connell was only 18 when she signed up for the ride of her life. He formed Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia in 1970, along with longtime friend Lucky Oceans (born Reuben Gosfield; steel guitar) and Leroy Preston (rhythm guitar). Plus, the group was heavily in debt, forcing the bandmembers to work on … Asleep At The Wheel It all started when Ray Benson, Floyd Domino, and Lucky Oceans, along with a Vermont farm boy named Leroy Preston; Virginian Chris O'Connell; and Gene Dobkin, a bass player and fellow classmate of Benson's from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, joined forces. It was like church. I was 18. Finally! December 6, 2019. 20:57. Photo of ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL; L-R (back): Ray Benson; (middle): Leroy Preston, Danny Levin, Chris O'Connell, Scott Hennige, Floyd Domino, Tony Garnier; (front): Lucky Oceans, Bill Mabry, Link Davis Jr posed, (Photo by Charlie Gillett Collection/Redferns) Some of my oldest friends happen to be some of the best old song writers, and we wanted to throw more light on them, have some fun with their work. She is no longer with Asleep at the Wheel, but most likely still has their logo tattooed on her right arm, and was arguably their best vocalist ever; 4. I’m a singer. Read his previous Berkeleyside reviews. writes a weekly music column for Berkeleyside. He also reports for the San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, and KQED’s California Report. In those moments, strangers are as connected to one another as they ever will be. and has been performing with her band the SmartAlecks since then. I came to know that no matter what the style or beat or tempo, it’s always about the song; the story it has to tell, the connection it wants to make. Plus, the group was heavily in debt, forcing the bandmembers to work on … It was because of Green that she switched from a flat top guitar to an arch top. We even took Stoney Edwards in there and backed him up. Find out more. They soon added a female singer in Chris O'Connell, who was fresh out of high school. Nonprofit newsFree for all, funded by readers, COVID-19: Vaccine updates ● The numbers ● Latest news ● Pitch in for local workers | Berkeleyside is hiring | PLUS: The Oaklandside. Chris O’Connell was only 18 when she signed up for the ride of her life. But that band always grew in ways that let me push all my limits and skills. After singing commercial jingles in her native Baltimore and jazz in Las Vegas showrooms Price moved to San Francisco in 1969. 1974’s Asleep at the Wheel was the band’s second release and the first for Epic Records. Asleep at the Wheel "Merry Texas Christmas Y'all" with special guest, Chris O’Connell Thursday, December 5th Doors: 7 PM / Show: 8 PM $20.00 - $40.00 Sales Ended Share Share with Friends Facebook Twitter Add To Calendar Add to Calendar iCal Google They had the groove and it seemed old and new. Visit Berkeleyside’s new-look Events Calendar. Produced by Norro Wilson, the album was almost completely out of step with mainstream country, and as such it did not sell particularly well. Don’t forget, if you spend $50 bucks on our store from now until the 31st will automatically be entered to win a meet and greet with Ray Benson! I don’t want to bruise anybody; I just want an idea or a mood or a feeling to hit hard enough to rearrange your safe thinking for a minute. They found cheap rent and a receptive scene. A year later, they moved to East Oakland, California, at the invitation of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. 1982. “Be Right Back!” is my first solo album. Asleep at the Wheel moved to MCA for 1980's Framed, but all was not well: founding member Lucky Oceans left the group that year, and Chris O'Connell took a leave of absence to start a family not long after. The band features her partner Don Margraf on electric guitar, double bassist Brandon Essex, drummer Alex Aspinall and pianist Lee Bloom. “I’ve known Bobby for 40 years and have had the pleasure of touring with him and doing plenty of pick-up jobs with him over the years,” says O’Connell, who lives in Alameda. He formed Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, WV, in 1970, along with longtime friend Lucky Oceans (born Reuben Gosfield; steel guitar) and Leroy Preston (rhythm guitar). She released her first solo album in 2012, Be Right Back! ... Virginian Chris O'Connell; and Gene Dobkin, a bass play... Read More. . A shy young woman with a big bold voice, she joined Asleep at the Wheel in 1970 when the incipient western swing juggernaut was still shacked up in West Virginia, woodshedding a repertoire of Grand Ole Opry standards. Han sacado más de 20 álbumes de estudio y tenido veinte singles en los Billboard de country . About this show. Jazz vocalist Maryann Price leads her own jazz trio and is one half of the eclectic duo Ethyl’n Methyl, along with Asleep At The Wheel alumnus Chris O'Connell. They called themselves Asleep at the Wheel. These are all master players and each is a stand-alone star. Asleep at the Wheel moved to MCA for 1980's Framed, but all was not well: founding member Lucky Oceans left the group that year, and Chris O'Connell took a leave of absence to start a family not long after. Let’s get connected –  where’s your ticket. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1975 Indianapolis Pressing Vinyl release of Texas Gold on Discogs. Every one of these songs has something that makes me either laugh or cry or dream in full color. Plus, the group was heavily in debt, forcing the bandmembers to work on commercials and movie soundtracks. She mom filled the house with Ella Fitzgerald and Keely Smith and her father loved traditional New Orleans jazz. It’s a good thing she has a vast array of material and musical connections to work with. "Be Right Back" is available now! Andrew Gilbert writes a weekly music column for Berkeleyside. She started listening on her own to Dinah Washington and Anita O’Day, but got a whole other education with Asleep at the Wheel “because everyone would bring cassettes on the bus,” she says. Asleep at the Wheel es un grupo estadounidense de música country formado en Paw Paw (Virginia Occidental), [1] aunque con base actual en Austin (Texas).. Juntos han ganado nueve premios Grammy desde su formación en 1970. Before moving to Texas in 1974 at the invitation of Willie Nelson and becoming an Austin institution the band played every Tuesday night at The Longbranch, the storied and oft-rechristened club at 2504 San Pablo Avenue (now home of Good Vibrations). I stood five feet away from him for a couple of hours, and it was so inspiring.”. Donate to help us continue to provide you with reliable, independent reporting. Asleep At The Wheel ‎– Asleep At The Wheel Label: Epic ‎– KE 33097 Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Terre Haute Pressing. “He played with the Wheel for a time in the ’80s, but we met in Oakland in ’71. The Wheel’s first California demo was done at the studio Bobby and his brother Larry owned in San Carlos. . " A… Asleep at the Wheel is bringing you a very special 90-minute holiday livestream on December 19th at 7 pm CST! 3. The crowds loved him. Van Morrison Rolling Stone Interview (1973). He was the other black country and western singer on Capitol.”. O’Connell and Asleep at the Wheel had already played some high profile gigs opening for Alice Cooper and Hot Tuna when they relocated to Oakland in 1971 at the urging of Commander Cody (aka George Frayne IV). Asleep at the Wheel, they play great country music." Berkeleyside relies on reader support so we can remain free to access for everyone in our community. The record offers started coming in and The Wheel got rolling. Plus, the group was heavily in debt, forcing the bandmembers to work on … It was recorded while blues great Johnny Nicholas was with Asleep at the Wheel. I measure songs by their ricochet power. “Be Right Back!” is my return as a rider on the Melody Train. Asleep at the Wheel is an American country band based in Austin, Texas.Formed in Paw … The musicianship of Asleep at the Wheel has become the stuff of legends. “It was a dollar to get in, which included one free beer,” O’Connell recalls. Considering that she made her recording debut in 1973 with Asleep at the Wheel’s maiden voyage, it’s amazing that it’s taken nearly 40 years for Chris O’Connell to release her first solo album. She spent 15 tumultuous years with the band, including nine albums and Asleep’s first Grammy Award, but largely left her performing career aside after leaving the band to raise her daughter. “She has a real knack for connecting with powerful songs, and accessing the emotional core of a song,” says Bloom, a veteran accompanist who works with some of the region’s greatest singers, including San Francisco jazz legend Mary Stallings and rising Oakland song stylist Suzanna Smith. It was also the first of a pair of eponymous albums; another album titled Asleep at the Wheel would be released about a decade later by MCA.. While she performed around the Austin scene after leaving Asleep at the Wheel, O’Connell is still in the process of reinventing herself as a solo act. Since moving back to the East Bay in 2010 O’Connell has gradually started establishing a career under her own name, and she plays her first Berkeley gig in some three decades 8 p.m. Saturday at the Back Room with her band the SmartAlecks and a special guest, pedal steel great Bobby Black. We just put them in a room, tuned up and let the song breathe. In 1973, their debut album, Comin' Right at Ya, was released by United Artists. 3. “I got a chance to see him several times,” she says. Chris O’Connell joins Benson for a duet of John Hiatt’s “This Is The Way We Make A Broken Heart,” a tune Rosanne Cash would take to #1 a few years later. Music propagates our unity, our empathy. They soon added a female singer in Chris O'Connell, who was fresh out of high school. It was a thrill to just see them together in a room, working their magic. She is no longer with Asleep at the Wheel, but most likely still has their logo tattooed on her right arm, and was arguably their best vocalist ever; 4. 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