Chris O'Leary’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, Jeff Healy, Steely Dan, Albert Lee, Jamey Johnson, Warren Haynes, Michael Mcdonald and the great James Cotton to name just a few. Chris has also recorded with Bill Perry, Hubert Sumlin and Richie Havens among others.
The Chris O’Leary Band’s debut CD “Mr. Used to Be” won the 2011 Best New Artist Debut CD Blues Blast Award and was nominated for Best New Artist debut at the 2011 American Blues Music Awards. Their Live At Blues Now also garnered them a Blues Blast Award nomination.
His newest critically acclaimed release "7 Minutes Late" reached #1 on the RMR National Blues chart and is nominated for Best Contemporary Album for the 2019 Blues Blast Awards. Chris has also served 7 years as a United States Marine.
His band includes: Tom Terry - bass, Chris DiFrancesco - baritone sax, Andy Stahl - tenor sax and Andrei Koribanics - drums.