Michael ONeill Americana Artist

Michael ONeill Americana Artist

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" Coming at ya like a frieght train full of candy " “Michael has created a unique place for himself in the Americana landscape. His vocals are full of conviction and his tone as rich as a soul singer. The lyrics . . . a great touch of humor and irony.” - Joe Chiccarelli

Biography

“. . . earthy, solid song craft. It has a gentle but solid groove. It inspires. It mourns. It carries the listener through a range of emotions, always engaged and entertained. . . . a knack for telling a story that is simple, deceptively personal and universally understood.” — Don Hunger

Michael ONeill. Showcasing a new collection, this singer/songwriter with a “roots-rock” history and a soulful ease carries his listener into a time and place reminiscent of steel strings, guitar heroes, and great story-tellers like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. A living music legend, 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, Michael ONeill got started in music early. At the age of 24, he cut his teeth opening his first tour for a then-unknown band called U2. By the time the tour ended in Los Angeles, ONeill found himself signed with legendary manager Don Arden (father of Sharon Osbourne). A record deal followed soon after. ONeill put together a band that featured a young John Shanks (now superstar producer of Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morrisette, Vertical Horizon, etc.), 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.”

Quietly working on material for nearly a decade, ONeill found himself happily remarried and content. In 1999, he released “Dream On” to critical acclaim, garnering nation-wide airplay. His current work, “From the Beginning” is an uncommon album that documents an artist in his prime, a man who knows himself, strengths and weaknesses alike. Part country crooner, part haggard storyteller, ONeill draws from heroes like Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan for inspiration. His new release, “From the Beginning” plays like old-time rock and roll, deceptively simple yet focused on craft and execution.

Lyrics

Tell Her

Written By: Michael ONeill

o the wheels of fire
take the innocent away
i've got my own reasons
gonna give this one away
i don't see it in the lawyer
the doctor or the priest
i've gotta kiss my own angels
before i get any peace

tell her that i love her
tell her that i care
tell that i love her and
i'll always be there

i'm down here shaken
in the frame of a man
i can feel my heart breaking
and i don't understand

tell her that i love her
tell her that i care
tell that i love her and
i'll always be there

o the wheels keep a turning
how they roll down the road
and the choices that we are given
how we carry that load
jacob where's your ladder
just tell me where i am
the fools have let the crazies loose
and their running through our land

Cowboy Ride

Written By: Michael ONeill

Well I was just about to tell ya
Just about to teach ya
And just about to figure this out
Yeah it’s a crazy way of livin’
A mixed up way of drivin’
You probably know that by now

Salinas, on to Reno
Omaha, Puyallup
Pendleton, Colorado Springs
Alberta, Spokane
Othello, Woodstown
Gotta be there by midnight
Cause I need to make this ride
Gotta make my point tonight
Hey I’m goin’ to Vegas
Gonna ride in them lights
Come on cowboy ride
Come on cowboy ride

Well I woke up or I came to
I look around and I knew
That I was in some deep pain again
The sun was comin’ up
And the trailer’s movin’ on
I met up with the northeast wind

Salinas, on to Reno
Omaha, Puyallup
Pendleton, Colorado Springs
Alberta, Spokane
Othello, Woodstown
Gotta be there by midnight
Cause I need to make this ride
Gotta make my points tonight
Cause I’m goin’ to Vegas
Gonna ride in them lights
Come on cowboy ride
Come on cowboy ride

Hoo hooooooo cowboy ride
Hoo hooooooo cowboy ride

Yeah, every town I visit
Cause that’s what I do
It fills me with ambition
And that’s what gets me through
I listen to ‘em holler
And the gate swings wide
I know that’s what I came for
So cowboy ride

Well I sure miss ya
Wonder what you’re doin’
I think about you every night
I kiss your picture ‘fore I gear up
Your medal’s on my neck
And this is my rodeo life

Salinas, on to Reno
Omaha, Puyallup
Pendleton, Colorado Springs
Alberta, Spokane
Othello, Woodstown
I gotta be there by daylight
Cause I need to make this ride
Yeah, gotta make that point tonight
Hey I’m goin’ to Vegas
Gonna ride in them lights
Come on cowboy ride
Come on cowboy ride

Hoo hooooooo cowboy ride
Hoo hooooooo cowboy ride

Who's Bad Now

Written By: Michael ONeill

You know what you’re doin’
You’re doin’ it right
‘Cause lookin’ like that girl
Is something that I like
It’s just the way you walk
Or turn your head that way
Makes me want to scream
And then I hear you say
Who’s bad
Who’s bad now

Your top the way it drops there
Turns this country boy’s head
And those jeans and what’s ridin’ in ‘em
I’m about to drop dead
Then I see the heels
The way you arch your back
Dancin’ to a rhythm
Where did you learn to dance like that
Who’s bad
Who’s bad now

Who’s bad
Tell me when did you make the switch
Who’s bad
From an angel to a pusher
We could go to church but I think we can’t deny
Who’s bad
With that little twangie bluegrass bottom you be shaken
You must’ve been descended of Uncle Dave Macon
Who’s bad
Who’s bad now

Your Daddy gave you bling-bling
Thank your Momma for the strut
I’d give half of Texas just to watch you give it up
Then I see the heels
The way you arch your back
Dancin’ to a rhythm
Where did you learn to dance like that
Who’s bad
Who’s bad now

Who’s bad
Tell me when did you make that switch
Who’s bad
From an angel to a pusher
We could go to church but I think we can’t deny
Who’s bad
With that little twangie bluegrass bottom you be shaken
You must’ve been descended of Uncle Dave Macon
Who’s bad
Who’s bad now

Chance

Written By: Michael ONeill

Well all in all
She said to me
Yeah you’re so numb
But I can see
That if you could
And I know you can’t
Better not leave this one up
to chance

Hey come over here
Listen to what’s going down
This story ‘bout he she
That crazy sound
Why don’t we mix it up
Just one more time
This one for you
This one that’s mine

Don’t love glisten
On the golden end
Then in the middle she starts
to bend
Cause I been there
Been there before
Hey grab your wig as you’re
headed out the door

Hey come over here
Listen to what’s going down
That story ‘bout he she
That crazy sound
Why not mix it up
Just one more time
This one for you
This one that’s mine

I may have cut
A corner or two
Landed on my face
Comin’ through
When everything was
Hell on fire
I looked up and said
Yeah, I’ll try

Hey come over here
Listen to what’s going down
That story ‘bout he she
That crazy sound
Why not mix it up
Just one more time
This one for you
This one that’s mine

Hey come over here
Listen what’s going down
A story ‘bout he she
That crazy sound
Why not mix it up
Just one more time
This one for you
This one that’s mine

This one’s for you
This one that’s mine

Austin

Written By: Michael ONeill & Jimmy Collins

Keep your hands on the wheel
Gimme that damn cell phone
Cause honey here’s the deal
We’re way past Waco
So honey don’t loose control
You drive
And I’ll roll

Yeah I’m rockin’ in Austin
On Congress Avenue
And find me down on Sixth Street
They got this rockin’ blues
I love south Austin
So let me have my day
Roll out the red carpet
I’m on a three day stay

We’ll get a room on 35
Call us all a taxi
So we’s can stay alive
Yeah I’m way past Waco
Baby don’t loose control
You drive
And I’ll roll

Yeah I’m rockin’ in Austin
On Congress Avenue
And find me down on Sixth Street
They got this rockin’ blues
I love south Austin
Let me have my way
Roll out the red carpet
I’m on a three day stay

Let’s get a room on 35
Call us all a taxi
So we can stay alive
I’m way past Waco
Darlin’ don’t loose control
You drive
And I’ll roll

Yeah I’m rockin’ in Austin
On Congress Avenue
Headed down on Sixth Street
They got this rockin’ blues
I love south Austin
So let me have my way
Roll out the red carpet
I’m on the three day stay

Hey I’m rockin’ in Austin
On Congress Avenue
Find me down on Sixth Street
They got this rockin’ blues
I love south Austin
Let me have my way
Roll out that red carpet
We’re on a three day stay

Roll it out baby
I’m on a three day stay

I Don't Remember

Written By: Michael ONeill

Well I don’t remember
What it was like before I met you
When all those dreams
That I was dreamin’ came true
Lord I tried and I tried
You see I was never satisfied
But I don’t remember what that was
like before I met you

There was a time
When I would honky-tonk
all night long
You see me dancin’ with all kinds
of gals until the dawn
But all that ended
I left it at the door
I don’t remember what it
was like before

Well I don’t remember
What it was like before I met you
When all those dreams
That I was dreamin’ came true
Lord I tried and I tried
I was never satisfied
I don’t remember what it was
like before I met you

Well I don’t remember
What it was like before I met you
When all those dreams
That I was dreamin’ came true
Lord I tried and I tried
I was never satisfied
I don’t remember what it
was like before I met you

There was a time
When I would honky-tonk
all night long
You’d see me dancin’ with all kinds
of gals until the dawn
But all that ended
I left it at the door
I don’t remember what that was
like before

I don’t remember
What it was like before I met you
When all those dreams
That I was dreamin’ came true
All that ended
I left it at the door
I don’t remember what it was
like before

Discography

Ginger Bread and other things -1983
Young Heart-1985
The Hollwood Sessions-1989
Live From Seattle Folklife-1995
Dream On-2000
From the Beginning-2004
Who's Bad Now - 2007
Ain't Leavin Your Love-2010

Set List

songs from the last five cd's and then some