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Who's Bad Now

by Michael ONeill

" Who's Bad Now " comes at ya' like a freight train full a candy. " A sassy, funky strut, very tongue in cheek, a big grin " Dony Wynn
Genre: Country: Country Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Who's Bad Now
Michael ONeill
4:08 $0.99
2. Chance
Michael ONeill
3:05 $0.99
3. Cowboy Ride
Michael ONeill
4:52 $0.99
4. I Don't Remember
Michael ONeill
4:20 $0.99
5. Austin
Michael ONeill
4:32 $0.99
6. Dixie Chicken
Michael ONeill
4:43 $0.99
7. 96 Tears
Michael ONeill
3:59 $0.99
8. Run to the Sea
Michael ONeill / Jackson Taylor
3:23 $0.99
9. Better
Michael ONeill
3:41 $0.99
10. Who's Bad Now (Acoustic)
Michael ONeill
3:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
Michael O’Neill’s latest CD, “Who’s Bad Now” is a collection of songs a long time in the making. Not due to a tedious, protracted recording process, oh no. The music presented here -- as with any great gumbo -- couldn’t have been made without a carefully cultivated seasoning, a spicy, rich tapestry of a life that’s been lived to the fullest; music that’s been made not just by living the length of one’s life, but by living the width and the breadth of it as well.
Michael’s songs are born from these experiences, exploring the parameters of his muse, testing the limits, like driving cross country with the top down, pedal to the metal, or walking along a river barefooted, mud squishing between your toes; not a care in the world yet a clarity suffused by someone who’s seen a thing or three and has lived to tell about it, and is far from done!
On “Who’s Bad Now” you’ll hear rock influences culled from Michael’s days spent in Los Angeles where he ripped it up with the best of them, seamlessly mix with clear, unvarnished country born from Michael’s love of the land and his Earthly pursuit of a simpler time and place; pure American music, born and bred. From the soulful strut of the title track, “Who’s Bad Now”, to the kick up your heels and throw caution to the wind of “Chance”, to the playfulness of the Lowell George classic, “Dixie Chicken”, to the plaintively honest and introspective “Better”, there is something here for anyone who loves music, music that emerges raw from the heart and the soul.
Prepare to get muddy. Prepare to feel the sting of the wind. Dive in, let the current spirit you away. Michael O’Neill’s new CD, “Who’s Bad Now”, is a testament to a life lived, a collection of music seeped in the great traditions, done to a turn. “Who’s Bad Now”, a recording whose time has come.



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South Carolina Wino (Charleston, SC USA)

Americana Music at Its Best, June 9, 2006
This follow-up to "from the beginning" melds the best of Americana and roots rock and comes out smelling like a rose, a dixie rose that is. Michael kicks it off with the title track "Who's Bad Now" about one hot momma that many of us have known and a few of us have been lucky enough to marry (hope my wife reads this one). Don't forget to saddle up the horse and rollick to the best rodeo tune I've laid my ears on in "Cowboy Ride", now if I could just get rid of that smell. If you've ever experienced the Austin, Texas music scene just close your eyes and let Michael take you back on "Austin". Grab your beer and try to hold it together as he kicks the habit on "96 Tears" and find out what it takes to make a man feel "Better".

So when all is said and done Who's Bad Now? After a listen or two Michael ONeill is. Here's hoping the Grey Troubadour keeps rocking with heart and soul for many more releases.

Al Kunz

Michael ONeill’s soul is from the Lone Star State

Michael ONeill’s soul is from the Lone Star State. His latest seamlessly slides from singer-songwriter, to country crooner, and on to rocked-up country with a detour into Cajun country for his cover of Little Feat’s “Dixie Chicken.” That’s something you’d expect from a three-named Texas singer, not a songwriter from the Pacific Northwest. Highlights are “96 Tears” (which isn’t a ? and the Mysterians cover) and a road trip report, “Austin,” that captures the spirit of that city the same way that Marc Cohn’s hit “Walking in Memphis” took you to the River City. | Al Kunz

Keith Howerton

" Who’s Bad Now " is going to hit the red dirt circuit by storm
The 10 songs on his just-released record showcase Michael ONeill not only as a songwriter, but also as a performer. Released on Michael’s own label, Sleeping Trout Records, Who’s Bad Now and the single of the same name are going to hit the red dirt circuit by storm. "Who’s Bad Now" is a rocking song that describes a girl who fills out a pair of jeans and can dance like she has a pole in her bedroom. I think most guys can relate. There are other great quality songs on the record as well. “Cowboy Ride”, “Austin”, and a cover of Little Feat’s “Dixie Chicken” are three of note. Michael is a grizzled veteran of the music business and has toured and recorded with just about everyone, including Stevie Ray Vaughan. On his website Michael describes his own music as “coming at you like a freight train full of candy”. Michael will be on a Texas tour soon. Look for dates and don’t miss him live. We won’t. (Review by Keith Howerton)

Robert Bartosh, Roots Music Report GM

Passionate, playful, heartbreaking and explosive come to mind while listening to
Sleeping Trout Music has just released “Who’s Bad Now” - one of most prolific sounding Roots/Americana Country albums of 2006. This album features the songwriting and vocal genius of Michael Oneill and is tailor made for the Roots/Americana Country music enthusiast. Michael’s songwriting is passionate and seems to reflect life as he has lived it. Passionate, playful, heartbreaking and explosive come to mind while listening to this CD. This is definitely not a ‘run of the mill’ release and it covers the gamut of musical genres from Roots Rock to down home True Country. “Who’s Bad Now” will take any music lover on one of the most enjoyable rides of their life.