The genre that Pat O'Brien usually uses to
express himself is the Blues, though he demonstrates proficiency in Rock,
Jazz, Country, Rockabilly and Ambient styles of music. I have never seen
another artist do what he does with his level of virtuosity. His unique
style of performing often involves simultaneously playing guitar and
harmonica, not in the primitive wheezing and strumming fashion that you
might have seen in the past, but in a highly developed way that seamlessly
blends the two instruments as if from one mind, which of course, it is.
Playing intricate solos on harmonica while comping (accompanying) on guitar,
comping on harmonica while soloing on guitar, playing point, counterpoint
and unison phrases on both, O’Brien does all this with an effortless ease
that belies the level of difficulty. His soulful vocals along with those of
his world class drummer Jimmy Volpe (and a rotating series of bass players)
completes his power trio, “Pat O’Brien and the Priests of Love.”
Pat O'Brien - guitar, harmonica, Vocals, hammond organ; Jimmy Volpe - Drums,
vocals; Allen Chavis - bass.