Oceanside CA— Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah will be appearing at the Pour House, 1903 S. Coast Highway on Saturday June 18, 2016, 9:00pm.
Based in San Francisco but comprised of Midwestern and Southern transplants with a devotion to honest roots based American music, Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah weave a sonic tapestry framed by wailing guitars, churning organ, and more than a slight nod to the southern gospel music of their past. The band has garnered buzz for their live shows which transform traditional music venues into sweaty, hip-shaking, psychedelic tent revivals.. And, for the new kids on the block, the band has had the incredible good fortune of sharing the stage with such acts as, Heartless Bastards, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, and even The Doobie Brothers, Boston, and Living Colour.
The early reviews of their debut record have ticked off comparisons to many legendary artists such as Humble Pie, The Band, the Grateful Dead, the Faces, and the Black Crowes. Gallagher’s dynamic vocal range has brought repeated comparisons to both Neil Young and Robert Plant.
“The music on the self-titled debut from Lee Gallagher & the Hallelujah would be impressive regardless of the backstory: 11 tunes that are extremely comfortable in their own soulful, rocking skin. The fact that Gallagher and his bandmates had only been playing together for four months prior to laying down those tracks is as mind-blowing as some of their jams….Gallagher’s vocal power may remind you of the late Steve Marriott or a young Robert Plant– he plays a wicked blues harp, too” — Brian Robbins, Relix Magazine
“There’s no arguing with the talent and skill on display on San Franciscan blues belter Lee Gallagher’s debut. With their mix of psychedelic organ, earthy blues rock and huge gospel flourishes, his band have clearly been striving for perfection, and this album suggests they want to be taken very seriously indeed.”–Classic Rock Magazine
“Lee Gallagher, who wrote all of the material, is an intense and arresting vocalist, and his band is top-notch.” —Jeff Burger, No Depression/The Morton Report
“The band’s anthems imbue a passion and sensitivity that many groups strive for but few actually achieve….Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah is a band that is impossible to ignore” — Hittin’ the Note Magazine
“Taking the early ’70s vinyl expositions of Americana by the Rolling Stones and their ilk as touchstone, Lee Gallagher and The Hallelujah have created a truly beguiling record which carries on the good work by extrapolating rootsy rock music with hefty doses of gospel, folk, and even psychedelic touches. What they’ve ended up with is an album that never releases its hold on the listener.” —100% Rock Magazine
If rock ’n’ roll is the gospel, then Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah are its preachers. This is one of those bands that have the magic rock touch… They rock hard and they own it onstage. —Tony Dushane, San Francisco Chronicle