Posted at 2016-02-10
Posted at 2016-02-10
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“I Like It Like That is a complete album, it doesn’t lack in any capacity in entertainment value; there’s emotional gravity, moments of cutting loose, love, loss, seduction and heartbreak. In short, there’s something for everyone here wrapped up in a relatable country rock package that’s wildly appealing and more than endearing.”
Artist: Michael ONeill
Album: I Like It Like That
Genre: Country Rock / Americana
RIYL: Steve Earle, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, John Hiatt
Michael ONeill I Like It Like That
Singer/songwriter Michael ONeill has an impressive musical pedigree. And some pretty deep roots to reflect that pedigree in Los Angeles, Nashville, Austin and Seattle. A few fun facts: he has toured with musicians as diverse as U2, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Little Feat, among others; he’s written songs with Steve Cropper (Book T and The MG’s), Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) and Jason Scheff (Chicago); the release of I Like It Like That marks his fifth independent record.
Now that we have that established, let’s talk about what all this means for ONeill’s newest recording. As the first lyrics roll off his tongue on “Raise a Glass,” it’s clear we’re dealing with a veteran performer. In fact, this first track sets the tone for a rollicking blend of rock, country, folk, soul/blues and Americana that manifests itself in different ways throughout the record. ONeill has a strong grasp on who he is and where his formidable talents lie. And where that comes off the strongest could be argued in two different ways: his direct, vulnerable vocal presence turns out in full force on a ballad like “Love Laid Bare” and then pulls equal weight on a more rockin’ party number like “Real Deal.” Both tracks are fine examples of ONeill’s versatility as a writer and performer.
The title track also happens to be one of the strongest and most memorable on the record. It’s another classic country rock track in the vein of “Real Deal,” capitalizing on a fast women and cold whiskey frolic. In fact, there is also a great secondary take on “Real Deal” that acts as a bonus track, featuring a mean fiddle that just adds a little something extra to an already strong melody and performance. “Let It Rain” and “Feel Her Heart Break” provide great contrast to lighter fare with vocal performances that show great restraint and vulnerability. It shows off ONeill’s strengths as a balladeer, and again draws on a wealth of writing and performance experience. This is how you piece together a record that feels both cohesive and versatile.
There’s a fantastic quote in his bio from the NY Times that declares Michael ONeill’s music “carries a country/funk groove that sounds like someone rode a horse through a Motown studio.” What an accurate and wonderfully succinct statement to sum up the experience of listening to this music for the first time. I Like It Like That is a complete album, it doesn’t lack in any capacity in entertainment value; there’s emotional gravity, moments of cutting loose, love, loss, seduction and heartbreak. In short, there’s something for everyone here wrapped up in a relatable country rock package that’s wildly appealing and more than endearing.
Posted at 2015-11-07
Posted at 2015-11-07
Singer-Songwriter Michael ONeill Recalls
The Troubadour Era of Los Angeles
I Like It Like That Drives To A January 20 2015 Release Date
“…carries a country/funk groove that sounds like someone rode a horse through a Motown studio." - NY Times
Atlanta, GA – Singer-Songwriter Michael ONeill set his sights on releasing his fifth independent album, I Like It Like That, on January 20, 2015 on his own record label, Sleeping Trout Records with distribution through MDI out of New Mexico. This new cd, is filled with his poetic lyrics, his expressive voice and infectious melodies are complimented by a knock out group of studio musicians backing him – Tony Braunagel (Robert Cray) on Drums, Dean Parks ((Steely Dan) on guitar and Johnny Lee Schell (Bonnie Raitt) on guitar just to name a few. The record was created at Ultrasound Studios in Studio City, CA produced by ONeill himself, Mr. Schell and Mr. Braunagel.
Based in the Los Angeles area, Michael is a story-teller, a troubadour that commands his audience to listen hard to his lyrics. As the first song, “Raise A Glass” begins, Michael is toasting to his friends, family and life as he leaves them behind when he tours. Every traveling musician appreciates the normalcy in life but has to answer the call of the road to make a living. It’s what makes them who they are, restless but content. ONeill comes armed with vignettes of open-eyed romance, highway drama, and hard-earned tenderness – vocalized with the assurance and attitude that comes only from experience.
One of 13 children, he got started in music early and by the age of 24, he cut his teeth opening his first tour for a then-unknown band called U2. As the tour ended in Los Angeles, ONeill found himself signed with legendary manager Don Arden (father of Sharon Osbourne) with a record deal following. ONeill put together a band that featured a young John Shanks (producer of Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morrisette) Kenny Gradney (Little Feat), and jazz saxophonist, Boney James. He spent the better part of the next ten years touring with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn and penning songs with Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), Steve Cropper (Booker T. and The MG's), and Jason Scheff (Chicago). His band held down a weekly gig at the hottest club in town, The Central (now The Viper Room), playing to packed houses. As the '90s approached, ONeill left Southern California for his hometown in the Pacific Northwest to raise horses and focus on his family. “I retreated to gain some perspective and try to keep my family together,” ONeill says, “I did pretty good on the perspective part.”
Whether sweetly acknowledging the stirrings of new love (“When You Come Around”, “Let It Rain”), or offering up a testament to fast women and the pleasures of seduction (“Real Deal”,” I Like It Like That”), they share a common thread; these songs are as honest as they are vulnerable. An artist who writes love songs to cities and states as well as people, “Colorado” is pure Americana. Michael is a strong original voice among West Coast singer-songwriters.
Michael ONeill is signed to The Rhonda Barron Agency and Crucial Music, for licensing his music through TV and movies. Promotional duties are handled by Mark (I couldn’t find his name on the site) at Momentum Label Group in Nashville and Americana radio is handled by Michael De Urso out of New York.
I Like It Like That – Michael ONeill – Sleeping Trout Music (BMI) – Release date: January 20 2015
To hear a song off his new CD: https://soundcloud.com/whosbadnow/real-deal
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