Rich textures created by the band have been described as “Plush Lonesome Western Blues”. Attracting a listener base whose musical taste transcends different genres, Majors Junction produces a diverse meld of country honky-tonk blues with folk undertones and hints of bluegrass pickin’ and good old rock & roll. It is a unique sound that celebrates individuality and hard work, two qualities the band shares with its hometown of Chicago.
The band came onto the scene in 2003 with their debut release “A Desert Oasis”. Local garnered praise has propelled the group to better gigs and a growing fan base. Their second release “Confluence” in 2006 received uplifting reviews from the US and abroad. Providing upbeat rockers and smooth ballads the album shows off the songwriting and performance abilities that put this band at the forefront of the Chicago country scene.
“Good Versus Evil” (August 2009) has them mining the roots of American music, Majors Junction gain inspiration from blues, country and rock, handling each with male/female dual vocals and a clear love for the forms that inspired them.
The band is currently in the studio recording the fourth release expected late 2013.
The husband and wife duo of Mike Mulcahy and Heather O’Brien along with Heather’s sister Kiley Ruggerio provide the upfront harmonies that give the band a rich sound. Mulcahy plays guitar and writes the majority of songs for the band having song topics ranging from religious intolerance to a future ruled by robots. Other members of the band include Ira Sussman on upright bass, Colin Williams on the drums and Jim Croke on lead guitar. Colin also co-produces all of the albums with Mulcahy and has been with the band since its conception back in 2002.
Beyond the core of Majors Junction there is a family of musicians throughout Chicago that joins the band regularly to satiate any musical palate. Singer/songwriter Lindsey O’Brien, guitarist Matt Gandurski of Grit & The Double Knit and Northside Southpaws, drummer Mark Janus, bassist Tom Conlon, Multi-instrumentalist Michael Scott Duplessis, upright bass player Roger Sherman, pedal steel ace Brian Wilkie of the Hoyle Brothers, fiddle player Allie Kral of Cornmeal, Wavy Dave of Cornmeal and slide guitar player John Hasbrouck of the Northside Southpaws are just a few of the musicians that join the band live and in studio.
Majors Junction can be regularly seen and heard at Chicago clubs like Martyrs’, The House of Blues, Fitzgerald’s and The Hideout, and also perform at festivals like the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival, Metronome Festival, Taste of Chicago and the Greeley Stampede in Colorado.