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Chris O'Leary:


Chris's musical background includes duties as lead singer and front man for rock and roll hall of famer and Grammy award winner Levon Helm's band  The Barnburners. During the 6 years that Chris and Levon played together they toured across the US and Canada lighting up stages everywhere they went. Chris has appeared on stage with: Legendary Rolling Stones sideman Bobby Keys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino,  Jeff Healy, Dan Akroyd, Albert Lee, Dave Edmunds, Dave Maxwell and the great James Cotton to name just a few. Chris has also recorded with Bill Perry and Hubert Sumlin among others.


Chris Vitarello:

Chris attended the Berklee College of Music from 1991-1993, and completed his Bachelors of Music Degree while attending the Western Connecticut State University in 2001. Born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York, Chris has played with many well known musicians such as Jimmy McGriff, Bruce Katz, The Organiks, Tad Robinson, Tam White, Dennis Gruenling, Gina Fox, Mitch Woods and the Rocket 88s, Jeremy Baum, Roxy Perry, Jeff Ganz, Don Guinta, Arlen Roth, Eric Mingus, Randy Ciarlante, Jay Collins, The Jon Bates Band, The Curtis Winchester Band, The Blue Rays, Michael Bram, Felix Cabrera, Little Melvin, Jim Payne, Jerry Z., Chris O'Leary, Moose and the Bulletproof Blues Band, Michael Torsone, Big Joe Fitz, Brian and Heather Wolfe, Live Society and many more.


Sean McCarthy:

Sean (minnow and Carl) materialized out of the ether into the greater Hudson Valley music scene in the late 1980's and quickly became a staple drummer for local blues acts. Sean was a regular performer at the now famous "Sidetracked Blues Jam" in Pougheekpsie. Sean has played with played with many well known Hudson Valley bands including the wild and whacky The Realators, Andy Follette and The Bluescasters, Rockinitis, Little Sammy Davis, Bill Perry, Pete Hop, Jeremy Baum, Slam Alan and many more.


Frankie Ingrao:

The master of disaster, earl of funk, the duke of cool,  the ayatollah of rock and rolla Mr. Fankie Ingrao!

In addition to playing with Levon Helm for the better part of 5 years, Frankie has played with  Hubert Sumlin and Pat O'Shea and The Eldorado Kings.


Andy (The Hammer) Stahl, Chris (Fez) DiFrancesco

The Bonneville Horns!