Band Night At Backdoor: Mike O'Neill And The Texas Blues Runners

Band night at Backdoor Theatre Saturday will feature Mike O'Neill and the Texas Blues Runners.  The concert will be on the main stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person and are available at the door.

The "Texas Blues Runners" came into being from an idea born on Thanksgiving night in November of 2008 by bassist/singer/songwriter Steve Crane, and Hammond organist Charlie Rouzer, after hearing the blistering blues guitar delivered up by Mike O'Neill, and the explosive drumming of Jessie Andrade at The Iron Horse Pub in Wichita Falls, TX. In the 60s and 70s Steve and Charlie had played together in the bands "The Livin End" and "Baby", and both were exploring ways to play together again.

The four decided to record an album and the rest is unfolding. Recording began in August of 2009, in Austin TX at Wire Recording. The first six songs recorded were written by Steve and some with co-writer Scott Ellison. The second session produced five more songs, some co-written with Mike, and an instrumental written entirely by him. Their first album, "Somebody Bring Me Some Water" is finished, released, and available now. It is a work of love and passion which all four musicians possess in goodly amounts. Their love for music and palpable energy is apparent in the listening.