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The Wildcat won Valley Advocate Grand band Slam 2012 in Blues category... now this review has come in:


The Wildcat O'Halloran Band

Cougar Bait Blues

(Dove's Nest)

Putting in Cougar Bait Blues is like transporting yourself directly to a New England summer barbecue. Its fun, unpolished sound is unpretentious and speaks to simple days and warm nights. Wildcat O'Halloran's vocals are gravelly and marked by a distinct Americana twang. " If You Don't Do What I Want" is a funky love song duet in which Emmalyn Hicks' silky, soulful voice balances out Wildcat's sandpaper gruffness. The album as a whole has an old-timey, trucker-blues feel, and "Come In My Kitchen" pays homage to the blues ballad with its clear acoustic sound. Wildcat and Emmalyn make a great duo, and dish out true blue American sounds without taking themselves too seriously. Cougar Bait Blues may not win you any music geek credit with your friends, but few would complain about its upbeat guitar riffs and perky drums at an outdoor party.

—Kathleen Broadhurst

If things get too good, a Bluesman's out of business!

Some ups, some downs this week...UK tour details extremely involved, but probably March...BTW, Blues Matters review comes out on Sept. 28th over there...and speaking of Sept. 28th, I will then be able to comment on Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam winner....Old pal Rich Badowski won Ct. Blues Challenge, then hurried over to play with me at Southwick Inn, not quite as exciting...lost at Snowzee's to very good bluegrass band, Jatoba.....Karen Traub has brilliant/crazy idea to have me cook breakfast-for-dinner at Shutesbury AC on 11/9, then play...can anyone say DOVE'S Nest?

re-broadcast Fri....and it's really in Sheffield (UK)

Les Young 6:57am Sep 4
our chat is at I chatted with Cat and listened to some of his great CD 'Cougar Bait Blues'. You can listen to our chat here

The show goes out again as a repeat on friday at 22:00 UK time

Cat now famous in Sunderland...the one in England, dude

On Labor Day, the cat will be interviewed live on Les Young's Blues show from Sunderland UK....about 3:15 PM our time   (8:15 in England)...and it's really in Sheffield (Johnny Allen of the Bollocks hometown, I believe)

Here's the link to listen in: 

B'man Very Enthusiastic!

B'Man's Blues Review very pleased with Cougar CD  (and I'm very pleased that he singles out Emily Duff's sax solo on All Your Fault, which is a pitch-perf ect example of sensitivity and taste....which, of course sets up my solo perfectly...I don't use those elements much!)  Here's the whole thing:


Doves Nest Records artist; Wildcat O'Halloran Band - Cougar Bait Blues - New Release Review

I have been listening to the new release, Cougar Bait Blues, by the Wildcat O'Halloran Band. This recording has a little bit of something for everyone. First the band is fully loaded with 13 musicians playing drums, horns, guitars and vocals. The recording opens with Too Big To Cry So I Might As Well Laugh, a country rock style track twisted with humor. Bottled Bravery and Canned Courage is a real cool horn track right out of New Orleans. If You Won't Do What I Want gets the funk line going with solid vocals and a slick guitar solo for a very entertaining track. Magic Sam's All Your Fault takes a traditional blues line and the horns take the backseat to a more traditional stripped down blues sound. There are particularly nice sax and guitar solos on this track as well. The title track, Cougar Bait Blues, finds a two guitar solo exchange which is pretty tasty. Sam and Dave's Hold On, I'm Coming gets a more traditional blues/rock run (as opposed to the R&B treatment as original) turning to a fairly nice vocal duet and featuring some smart harp work. Better Luck Next Time finds another trip to New Orleans but this time with more of the NO R&B sound. The track does nicely feature the musicians including guitar and horns. Come In My Kitchen is done acoustically with guitar and vocal duet. A very nice rendition of thie Robert Johnson track. Redneck Woman hits the blues rock sound head on making for a cool crowd pleaser and an opportunity to get that harp back out front again. Daisy Dukes is another blues rock track featuring again some pretty nice guitar work and solid backing from the band. The final track, I Worship The Ground She Walks All Over Me On, again shows O'Halloran's sense of humor and ability to blend great musicianship with crafty lyrics.

This is an interesting recording and one that anyone who likes a variety of blues styles as well as humour in their blues should check out.

Current Radio report for Cougar Bait Blues CD

Here's the stations playing Cougar Bait Blues by Wildcat....not listing all the syndicated stations that feature Blues Deluxe (150+)...and for some reason WMWM (Salem) and WTCC (Springfield) not listed :


Radio Airplay Report

Wildcat O’Halloran  Band – Cougar Bait Blues – Dove Nest Records



Blues Deluxe – Syndicated – See attached

WQLN- Erie Pennsylvania

WCNI -New London - Connecticut

WITR - Rochester - New York

WBFO - Buffalo - New York

WMWV- Conway - New Hampshire

WPCR- Plymouth - New Hampshire

WMUA - Amherst - Massachusetts

WUML - Lowell - Massachusetts

WMEB -Orono - Maine

WBOR - Brunswick - Maine

WRBC - Lewiston - Maine

WIZN - Burlington - Vermont

WVPE - Elkhart - Indiana

WBGU- Bowling Green - Ohio

WDPS - Dayton - Ohio

WEFT - Champaign - Illinois

WKCC - Kankakee - Illinois

WYKT - Wilmington- Illinois

WGVU - Grand Rapids - Michigan

WMNC - Traverse City - Michigan

WFOS - Chesapeake - Virginia

WWCU - Cullowhee - North Carolina

WEVL - Memphis - Tennessee

WDVX - Knoxville - Tennessee

WWOZ - New Orleans - Louisiana

WUCF - Orlando - Florida

WMNF- Tampa - Florida

KTEP - El Paso - Texas

KUNM - Albuquerque - New Mexico

KKIT - Taos - New Mexico

KMEC- Willits - California

KSCU- Santa Clara - California

KFSR - Fresno - California

KXGO - Eureka - California

KHUM - Humboldt County - California

KSJS - San Jose - California

KRSH - Santa Rosa - California

KEGR - Concord - California

KZUM - Lincoln - Nebraska

KIOS - Omaha - Nebraska

KMSU- Mankato - Minnesota

KMSK - Mankato - Minnesota

KRUE- Owatonna - Minnesota

KRVM - Eugene - Oregon

KAOS - Olympia - Washington

KKZX - Spokane - Washington

KMXT - Kodiak - Alaska

KTUH - Honolulu – Hawaii

Hot FM – Australia

3 Way Radio – Australia


After trying to resist, Living Blues finds new CD "Irresistible"

After trying to resist, Living Blues finds Cougar Bait Blues "irresistible"!!

Wildcat News

New Booking Agency (Simon Says) seems to have some juice!   Off to play legendary Stone Church in Newmarket, NH during their Oysterfest....meanwhile CD continues to get airplay (KKUH in Honolulu seems to like acoustic R. Johnson song)....also hearing from Washington, New London, CT....and Sunderland (UK) where I'll be doing a live interview on Labor Day...Lightning Boy is away, schmoozing with the Hollywood types, so tonight we have sax virtuoso Mark Whitney....and next week, we play the Shemeika Copeland afterparty (Basement...across from Noho Iron Horse)...then Pumphouse in Southbridge.

Former Sheehan's Legend visits Noho...also E. Brookfield and Holyoke!

The Wildcat, who used to rock Northampton regularly at Sheehan's Cafe, has been seen much less frequently in Noho in recent years...but on Sat. June 30, he's BACK! !! at The Basement, Center St. Northampton (across from Iron Horse, behind new Police Station)---8-10:30 PM....and it's not to soon to hit the Cat for tix to the Blues Guitar Summit  at Iron Horse on Fri. Aug. 3, when he shares the stage with Duke Robillard!!!

The Cat will also make a cameo at the Holyoke Firefighters Benefit, joining old pal Ray Chaput at the Elks Club in Afternoon of 6/30!!

Then on Sun. July 1, Wildcat is featured guest at the famous Dunny's Blues Jam---4-8PM on rte 9 in E. Brookfield...with house band the Living Bras

Busy week for Cat

Busy week for Cat and Band!!!

Got onto syndicated Blues Deluxe show, will run on 107 stations week of July's their Net version .  Also in Bud Light Battle of the Bands, can vote for us at : 


Meanwhile, at Theodore's, Spfld on Fri. 6/22 (voted #1 Blues Club in U.S.)

and Sat., we hit Manhattan!   L4 Black Door, 7:30PM, 41 Murray St.


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Upcoming shows

Sep 29, 2018
The Platform Bar
Northampton Massachusetts
Oct 5, 2018
Shutesbury AC
shutesbury ma
Oct 6, 2018
Riverside Blues and BBQ at Greenfield Fairgrounds!!
Greenfield Massachusetts
Oct 19, 2018
The Platform Bar
Northampton Massachusetts
Oct 20, 2018
The O's Music Bar
Sunderland Massachusetts

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