“Party up in Heaven” predicted to be
Wildcat O’Halloran’s Breakthrough album!
by Karen Traub
Though he was born in New York City, Wildcat O’Halloran has been central to the music scene in Western Massachusetts since Carl Yazstremski roamed Fenway. Recent winner of Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam and Livewire awards he’s been a big fish in a small pond. So what about this new CD is gonna change that? The guitar slinging bluesman is getting set to release his latest album, Party Up in Heaven.
For starters, there are nine new original songs from the man Living Blues Magazine called “one of the most entertaining songwriters in contemporary Blues”. While he slaps and tickles the listener with his usual fierce and funny songs, he has added a couple of tender ballads, like the tear-jerker “Crossin Off” where the Cat sings “I’m crossin’ you off the list of people who understand me…problem is: you were the only one there”.
Arranging has always been a Wildcat forte, and this disc features a kickass array of horns, keys, harp, and of course, the unmistakeable Wildcat guitar tone. All of these elements are focused to the finest of fine points with the expert mixing and mastering of Danny Bernini at Spirithouse studio. The Cat sings the blues passionately and pointedly. While some blues bands are playing checkers; this is CHESS (not the Chicago record label, though references to the traditional also abound!)
Then there are the covers, hand-picked selections from Wildcat’s growing network of independent songwriters. Specifically, Brit Trevor Sewell’s award-winning anti-terrorism anthem “Hate Me For A Reason” and the beautiful songstress from New York City (and the voice of Dunkin’ Donuts commercials) Cassandra Kubinski’s “NY, I’m Home”
Making some forays out of the safe haven of Massachusetts (the Cat will hit the Millenium Music Conference in Pennsylvania in February, bringing his state’s hit total up to 8 for this year. Hey, it may not 50 yet, but it’s a start) This is the year of the Wildcat and “Party Up In Heaven” is the perfect vehicle.
Friday, June 6th, 2014 Canon Mountain View Mountain Jammin” – 9pm
Thursday, June 12th, 2014 Luxe Burger Patio Rockin” – 6pm
Sunday, June 15th, 2014 Granby Charter Days Daytime Rockin’ – Noon
Saturday, June 28th, 2014 Deja Brew Pub 1st Annual Wildcat Wendell Blues Fest – 5 to Midnite
Friday, July 11th, 2014 Skybox Southwick rockin’ – 9:30
Saturday, July 12th, 2014 Wicked Willy’s NYC Rockin’….again!! – 9-12
Thursday, July 24th, 2014 Sunderland Library All Star show at Brary – 6PM
Saturday, July 26th, 2014 Upper Valley Music Fest- tba
Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Munich Haus Patio Rockin” – 6pm
Monday, August 4th, 2014 Gardner Ale House Gardner Rockin” – 7pm
Friday, August 8th, 2014 Greendale’s Pub Worcester Blues!! – 9pm
Friday, August 15th, 2014 Liston’s Bar and Grill Worthington rockin’ – 9pm
Friday, August 29th, 2014 Skybox Southwick rockin’ – 9:30 PM
Saturday, August 30th, 2014 Wicked Willy’s Wild with the Cats – 9pm
Saturday, September 20th, 2014 Old 78 Farm Fest
Saturday, September 27th, 2014 Garlic Arts Festival Festival that stinks!!
Friday, October 10th, 2014 New Socials Club dinner show – 7-10