In 2010, after well over 20 years of playing his trade in dive bars, listening rooms, theaters and festival stages across America and Europe, journeyman Texas songwriter and guitar player
In 2010, after well over 20 years of playing his trade in dive bars, listening rooms, theaters and festival stages across America and Europe, journeyman Texas songwriter and guitar player Michael O’Connor finally got his due. Or at the very least, a very fine next best thing: his very own star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame — located right in O’Connor’s hometown of Corpus Christi. O’Connor’s name is now part of the same Lone Star constellation as such Texas legends as Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, and the late Doug Sahm and Freddy Fender.
Now based in Denver, O’Connor is pulling away from the sideman trip, but not slamming those doors behind him. “At one time I was in eight bands,” he said, laughing. “I had something to prove when I was younger. Now it’s more important to me to play my gigs.” He didn’t trample his Texas roots. His 2015 release “Bloodshot Vagabond” was recorded in Houston with producer/bassist Jack Saunders and drummer Rick Richards. The songs, most penned by O’Connor, some co-written with Adam Carroll and with fellow top-flight accompanist Jeff Plankenhorn, are gritty and greasy, so is the music; an amalgam of rock ‘n’ roll, blues and acoustic music with a drill-bit backbone.
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