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Jay O’Rourke began his professional music career working in Chicago’s Clubs in the 1980’s. His first record release was as a co-producer of Ministry’s first Wax Trax release “I’m Falling/Cold Life”. Jay went on to produce & play guitar for Chicago legends “B.B. Spin”.
Following stints as front of house engineer at The Vic Theater & The Park West (in Chicago), Jay produced & played guitar for “The Insiders” Epic Records debut “Ghost On The Beach”. The record charted in the top 10 at Rock Radio. The Insiders went on to release 3 more records on Jay & Ginny O’Rourke’s, Monsterdisc Records.
O’Rourke was mastering engineer for Alligator Records at Monsterdisc Mastering, engineering over 20 releases for the label. He has worked with artists as diverse as Warren Zevon, Urge Overkill, Robbie Fulks, Material Issue, Liz Phair, & The Slammin’ Watusis.
Jay’s last band, “The Lucky 3 Blues Band”, was a top opening act at venues like Mayne Stage, Buddy Guy’s Legends, House of Blues, Space, & The City Winery Chicago. Jay produced two CDs for the band, which gathered airplay on hundreds of blues stations around the world.
Jay went into the studio, and started writing and recording what is now his solo guitar/rock debut. This is the first record featuring Jay on vocals. In 2017 Jay recorded a CD of guitar/rock based songs called TWENTY SIXTEEN.