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from the beginning

by Michael ONeill

Americana .... 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 leg
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tell Her
2:51 $0.99
2. Run to Make it
3:05 $0.99
3. Crazae
4:10 $0.99
4. Here by Me
3:41 $0.99
5. Good Night My Sweet
4:07 $0.99
6. Punta Mita
5:22 $0.99
7. Down to the River
4:19 $0.99
8. Indigo
3:04 $0.99
9. Mas Cervasa
3:34 $0.99
10. Young Heart
4:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
". . . 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, he 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 makes a noise that is refreshingly classic. Drawing on heroes like Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan for inspiration, "From the Beginning" plays like old-time rock and roll, deceptively simple yet focused on craft and execution.



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Mike Penard, American Roots Music, ISA Radio, France

Each song is so good and I love his voice!
I have a high respect for artists like him who give the listeners the feeling that the artist's goal is the search of quality. Each song is so good and I love his voice! His music is true. It is the kind of music you are proud to have in your collection. April 18, 2005

Brian Bourgoin, Twisted Roots Radio Show (WCNI 90.9FM)

enjoy the laid-back roots/rock sound . . .
I really enjoy the laid-back roots/rock sound . . . Michael is a good songwriter and I really like the musical variety and delivery of the songs. I hope this CD does well and I expect that my listening audience will get into it as well.”


Michael ONeill has trademark Texas charm
From the Beginning is a good example of the great Americana sound. The 10 tracks on this disc, no matter what tempo or dynamics, come across as aural pleasure to the listener.
The kick-off tune, “Tell Her,” has a definite Flatlanders groove. That same groove continues with “Run to Make It.” This track, as well as “Here by Me,” has some Eagles/Jackson Browne influences definitely running through the mix. A great listen on the album is the final track, “Young Heart,” with its use of banjo in a different light while ONeill’s voice gets a bit low and gritty, yet not losing its warmth. ONeill has a great way of performing a song by vocalizing it in a way that sounds like a best friend or close relative is telling the story.

Michael Mee, March 2005 Americana UK

An unstoppable force of simple expression
O'Neill brings depths to his music that few can match . . . giving From The Beginning a razor-sharp edge. Here By Me, Goodnight My Sweet and Indigo demonstrate the unstoppable force of simple expression, no fuss, no frills, just straight from the heart of Michael O'Neill. His brand of country music comes not only with the cracks showing, they are an integral part of its appeal. It's all about what's going on inside the man himself . . . O'Neill sits alongside the very best of the flawed, hard core troubadours. While some use music as an expression of anger O'Neill, having been through the mill, doesn't allow himself to wallow. He has come out the other side a wiser man and a complete musician.