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Diamond Jack Presents:
Z & Friends Winter Residency
at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge
Every Thursday in January
Frank Carter Rische – guitar
Jeremy Long – steel
Kevin Finn – drums
+ special guests weekly
2 sets nightly!
$10 at the door and advance tickets available in the ticket link
“It was actually New York that first introduced me to country music,” says OHora, whose rich baritone voice belies his New England roots. “When I moved here, I wasn’t actually playing all that much, but I was really into collecting old records. The more of those classic country albums I discovered around the city, the more I studied and absorbed the structure and the spirit of the music.”
Born in New Hampshire to a deeply religious family, OHora first became enamored with music as a youngster in church, which inspired him to pick up the guitar and begin leading his congregation’s worship group on Sundays. By his early 20’s, OHora was living in New York, and though he wasn’t pursuing music professionally, his burgeoning love for classic country led to a regular gig performing and DJing at a small bar in Williamsburg.
Soon he was booking the club, and when the owners opened another nearby location, things took a turn for the serious. The new bar, Skinny Dennis, quickly became the epicenter of the revitalized country scene in New York, hosting live shows seven nights a week, and OHora found himself smack dab in the middle of it, living and breathing the music as he booked and performed with some of the finest instrumentalist the city had to offer.
“I never planned to make a career out of it,” says OHora, “but playing all those Ray Price and Red Simpson and Merle Haggard covers just naturally led me to writing my own material, and that naturally led me to making my first record.”
OHora released his debut record This Highway produced by Jim Campilongo & Luca Benedetti in 2017 to underground critical acclaim. His follow up sophomore record Listening To The Music was produced by the late Neal Casal and released in August of 2020.
In 2022 OHora joined West Coast Based Grateful Dead tribute act Grateful Shred and is currently a full time touring member of the outfit. Following several national tours with Shred, OHora relocated to Nashville, TN in January of 2023.