Ouray is a Chicago based Americana/Rock band founded by brothers Frank and Bo Pirruccello.
After being named by Playboy magazine as one of the best-unsigned bands in the United States, Ouray found itself a staple on club and concert stages throughout the country. The band was regularly seen supporting acts like The New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Sea Level, Commander Cody, Marshall Tucker Band, Asleep At The Wheel, and The Dixie Dregs. Ouray was in regular rotation on WXRT-FM Chicago, where they performed several XRT shows including a live “UnConcert” simulcast. Originally founded in 1975, brothers Frank (guitar) and Bo Pirruccello (guitar and pedal steel), established Ouray as one of the most “rock-oriented, tight and skillful” country rock groups in the region, (as described by Playboy). Ouray today reflects their ever-relevant Americana sound and includes the addition of third brother John Pirruccello (guitar). John Forrest (bass) and Rick Barr (drums) complete the current Ouray line up. Ouray then, as now, features original music and great musicianship.
Chrome on the Range was the first album released by Ouray. It was produced and engineered by Grammy award winner Ed Cherney. Its complex arrangements featured stunning two part guitar work by Hap Harriman and Frank. Its strong songs and vocal harmonies earned Chrome on the Range a Billboard 100 breakout on its way to cult status
Motor Dream, Ouray's second album saw the band trending towards a more rock oriented sound with two new members. With Jeff Perraud on guitar, and Rick Barr on drums, Motor Dream garnered critical praise and airplay in many Midwest markets.
Ouray is back on stage with a great lineup. Joining brothers Frank and Bo Pirruccello is third brother John Pirruccello. JP is a gifted guitarist, composer and singer. He has recorded and toured with Wilco offshoot Autumn Defense, Alejandro Escovedo, Nick Tremulis and Keith Richards. Rick Barr is back on board on drums and John Forrest on bass. Rick splits time with the Shadows of Knight and the New Colony Six, while John performs with Eagles tribute, Heartache Tonight.
Ouray's first two albums are now available on CD in a double album format. Also available are albums from other projects by Ouray members. Bucktown, featuring JP and Bo, was an alt country band that played in the Chicago area. Their album, Burning Cross, is available through this site. Also, Yardsale, a band that JP fronted, is represented with their album, Resurrection Mary. Frank produced both.
Thursday December 28, 2023
SPACE Evanston, IL
8:00 pm, doors open at 7
tickets at evanstonspace.com