Mike O'Cull

Mike O'Cull

 South Elgin, Illinois, USA
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Guitarist Mike O'Cull is one of the most versatile and seasoned players on the Midwest music scene. He is also well-known in the Chicago area as a music journalist.

Biography

Guitarist/songwriter/teacher/journalist MIKE O'CULL is a familiar presence on the Midwest music scene. He has worked with ex-Sonia Dada frontman Paris Delane and members of Chicago's Grammy-nominated Liquid Soul as well as many nationally known tribute artists including Rick "Elvis" Saucedo, Irv Kass, and Denny Diamond. He currently plays guitar for Midwest country music favorites The White Saddle Band but can also be seen with the Change of Habit Tribute Band, Southern Rock/Funk group 8 Miles South, and the acoustic duo The Better Half. He is experienced in original and cover music, plays electric and acoustic, and has a reputation as one of the best sidemen in the Chicago market. A partial list of venues and clients he has performed in or worked with would include House of Blues Chicago, Chicago Blues Festival, WGN-TV News, Soldier Field, the United Center, Fox Theater in Boulder, CO, Special Olympics, The Belly Up in Aspen, CO, Buddy Guy's Legends, Martyrs', Uncommon Ground, Navy Pier, KBCO Radio in Boulder, CO, and many more. Mike is also emerging as a songwriter and one of his songs, "Look This Nice," received an Honorable Mention in the 2007 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest. Savvy readers may recognize O'Cull's name from his other career, that of music journalist. He is a regular contributor to the Illinois Entertainer, which is the largest music magazine in the Midwest and boasts 200,000 audited readers monthly and which has published O'Cull's reviews and feature articles since the year 2000. He was also part of the old www.Chicagogigs.com for the first six years of it's existence and helped build that site into one of the city's most popular live music web destinations. His work has also appeared in Gig Magazine, Bassics, and Bass Frontiers. He does press releases, bios, liner notes, and web content for other area artists, as well.

www.thewhitesaddleband.com
www.myspace.com/mikeocullmusic
www.illinoisentertainer.com

Lyrics

Look This Nice

Written By: Mike O'Cull

It’s so nice to see you again, my dear.
The years have been much kinder to you
Than to me, it would appear.

Well, I’ve been around once or twice.
Still, I don’t think I’ve ever seen you look this nice.

Look through my eyes, look how you’ve grown.
You’ve got a husband, children,
I’m still looking for my home.

I’d never presume to ask you twice
But I don’t think I’ve ever seen you look this nice.

Winter days all passed us by.
And I’ve never been quite sure what became of you and I.
I never could pay the asking price.
Still I don’t think I’ve ever seen you look this nice.

I hope I can see you again, my dear.
Though we’ll never be together,
There’s still something here.

I never could take my own advice,
Still I don’t think I’ve ever seen you look this nice.

It’s so nice to see you again, my dear.

Blue Collar Crime

Written By: Mike O'Cull

Woke up this morning, the rain’s coming down.
I put on my boots and I drove into town
And I heard the boys talking ‘bout you messing around.
You know what that does to me.

Hey man, I think it’s showing.
I think I could be wasting my time.
Hey girl, it’s time you’re knowing,
The way you treat me, baby, is a blue-collar crime.

Well, I’m damned if I do, damned if I don’t.
I know that you will when you tell me you won’t
And you make a lot of noise about being alone.
How do you think it makes me feel?

Hey man, I think it’s showing.
I think I could be wasting my time.
Hey girl, it’s time you’re knowing,
The way you treat me, darling, is a blue-collar crime.

This was never what I wanted.
It was never what I planned to do.
I never wanted to live in torment,
Held captive by you.

Well, I know you’ve hurt me time or two.
And everybody I know tells me run away from you
But you know that’s something I’ll never do.
How does that make you feel?

Hey man, I think it’s showing.
I think I could be wasting my time.
Hey girl, it’s time you’re knowing,
The way you treat me, darling, is a blue-collar crime.
The way you treat me, baby, is a blue-collar crime.

Maria's Eyes

Written By: Mike O'Cull

Well I don’t know
Where she is tonight.
And I don’t know
Who she’s holding tight but
All I know is I die
When I look into Maria’s eyes.

Well I don’t know
Who she’s dancing with.
And I don’t think
I’m on top of this.
All I know is I die
When I look into Maria’s eyes.

Well I don’t know
Lord, if she feels
The same way I do.
I tried to tell her
Time after time
But I can’t seem
To get my message through.

Well I don’t know
What she’s doing
And I think that
She might be my ruin but,
I don’t care if I die
When I look into Maria’s eyes.

Well I don’t know
Lord, if she feels
The same way I do.
I tried to tell her
Time after time
But I can’t seem
To get my message through.

Well, I don’t know
Should I keep on trying?
I got a feeling, man,
I could soon be crying.
But I don’t care if I die
When I look into Maria’s eyes.

12 Year Old Car

Written By: Mike O'Cull

I ain’t got much that’s long and fine.
Ain’t got no money in these pockets of mine.
Got nothing in this world but my word and my back.
A dirty apartment and some cold, hard facts.
I live on crème soda, crackers, and el pollo del mar,
I’m just another poor slob stuck in a 12-year-old car.

I read the Car Shopper, baby, ‘bout drives me insane.
I get Corvette envy and convertible pains.
I know that I’m looking at a game I can’t play.
Boss and the Government keep it that way.
I’d say on the average, I’m shooting way under par.
I’m just another poor slob driving a 12-year-old car.

Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz.
I drive a beater with a heater, my fender’s ‘bout to bend.
Can’t stand seeing the road through the floor.
Don’t like climbing in through the passenger door.

Solo

The costs keep rising just to stay alive.
Sometimes I curse the day I learned how to drive.
I can’t help but think of every heap I’ve had.
How the bottom fell out and they all went bad.
But ‘til I hit the number, ‘til I become a star,
I’m just another poor slob stuck in a 12-year-old car.

A Little Less Poor (Than I Was Before)

Written By: Mike O'Cull and Debbie O'Cull

I go to work on Monday, 9 to 5
Tuesday morning comes, man, I’m barely alive.
Wednesday, Thursday, mess with my head.
Sometimes it just don’t pay to get out of bed.
But when payday comes, one thing I know for sure is
I’m a little less poor than I was before.

All I’ve ever been is a working man.
I drive a pickup truck; I drink beer in a can.
I might never be rich; I might not make the scene.
I’m not even sure what that really means.
I do my straight 40 and when I hit the door,
I’m a little less poor than I was before.
CHORUS
A little less poor, a little more green.
I’m makin’ bacon, no more Sizzlelean.
This ain’t a Rockefeller knockin’ at your door,
But I’m a little less poor than I was before.

I may not be young, but I’m willing and able
And I’m just the country boy to drink you under the table.
Working all week builds a powerful thirst.
But I’ve got to stop back at my house first.
‘cause when my baby says she loves me as I walk through the door,
I’m a little less poor than I was before.
CHORUS 2X
I do my straight 40, and when I hit the door….
When payday comes, one thing I know for sure is….

Discography

The White Saddle Band "Three To Get Ready" 2010
Paris Delane's Tye Dye Skye "The Learning Tree" 2006
The Convulsions "Shaken And Disturbed" 2001