Chris Duarte Group

The Chris Duarte Group emerged on the scene out of Austin, Texas in the early 90’s and gained notoriety after wowing a packed room of industry insiders at the South X Southwest convention. In the wake of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s passing, Duarte quickly gained a National reputation as young man imbued with a playing style comparable at times to the late guitarist. After fielding interest from a number of labels, Duarte signed to Silvertone Records and his debut album “Texas Sugar/Strat Magik” reportedly sold in excess of 100,000 units in the United States, no small feat for a blues/rock guitarist. This coupled with Duarte’s strong commitment to touring, was the impetus for Chris’ winning the “Best New Talent” in Guitar Player’s 1995 Reader’s Poll. He also finished fourth in the magazine’s “Best Blues Guitarist” category that year behind legends Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and B.B. King.

Jay O'Rourke Band

The Jay O’Rourke Band consists of five men of distinction, who have been playing music forever.
We play … “Chicago - Blues - Rock”
Jay O’Rourke - Vocals & Guitar
Frank Raven - Harp & Vocals
Grant Tye - Guitar & Vocals
Ed Breckenfeld - Drums
Klem Hayes - Bass

The Illinois Entertainer says in 2018
“If the Chicago music scene had a spine, Jay O’Rourke would one of its vertebrae. He’s been around a while, worked with some great artists as producer and engineer, and tasted some brief major-label success. But it wasn’t until now, 40 years into his story, that he says he’s found his voice. Last month he released his fourth solo LP “Sumpthin’ Good” on his own label.”

“The highlight tracks: “Blackout” has a laid-back jazzy feel, and “House Full Of Strangers” brings some Muscle Shoals southern-fried flavor. But the biggest standout is probably “Bullshit” – it’s got great classic rock guitar licks.”

“Sumpthin’ Good" seems to bring O’Rourke back to what appears to be his true calling, being a guitarist/front man for his own band with roots and passions rooted heavily in Chicago Blues.”

“Sumpthin’ Good” finds O’Rourke acknowledging his life as a survivor and robust stalwart, drenched in a album immersed in passionate electrified blues. As a listener you can’t help participating in his celebration.”

Jay O’Rourke has recorded and released 4 records since 2015, with two expected releases in 2019.



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