Jack O’Hara was introduced to the Blues at the tender age of twelve on a
family vacation to New York City where he met Blues singer Major Wiley, who showed him the basics, took him to 48th st. to get his first guitar, and sent him back home to western Pennsylvania.
Upon graduating high school in 1965, Jack moved to Greenwich Village and
immediately became involved in the music explosion taking place at that time. Working with various singer-songwriters, he shared the stage with all the Chicago Blues masters, participating in jam sessions with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, the Blues Project, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and many others. The highlight of this period was playing bass with B.B. King in a live concert filmed at the Cafe Au Go Go for P.B.S.
In 1967 Jack moved to Los Angeles to work on several records for Warner Bros. - most notably “Young Brigham” - one of Ramblin’ Jack Elliot’s most well-known albums. He then moved to Berkeley Ca. where he continued to develop as a songwriter and musician and was fortunate enough to accompany another all-time Blues master - Lightnin’ Hopkins.
Jack returned to New York in 1970 and formed Eggs Over Easy - a wonderful
band of songwriters. They spent the year 1971 in London working with producer
Chas Chandler ( Jimi Hendrix ) and initiating the “ Pub Rock “ scene, which helped launch the careers of Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, and Paul Carrack, among others. The Eggs released one album - “ Good and Cheap “ on A&M and went on to enjoy ten years as one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s favorite live bands.
Since the mid -’80’s Jack has been back in New York raising a family and working as a producer, songwriter, and guitarist with a wide variety of artists. Recent highlights include an appearance on Conan O’Brien with Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks and a concert filmed at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, also with Mr. Hicks.
Jack’s rich baritone voice is instantly recognizable, and he can be heard performing locally as a solo acoustic artist or with his great band, which features the material of Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Cannonball Adderly, as well as his own.
Jack is currently working on his next CD with Boston-based producer Tony Goddess, and his acoustic CD “Sooner or Later “ is available online from both iTunes and eMusic.