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Shane O’Brien playing to his own Namesake, The Genuine One

Shane O’Brien Playin’ his song titled “The Genuine One


Shane O’Brien Playin’ to his own namesake refers to a song he had written about a decade ago in the early 2000’s. The first album version is part of the album titled “King Me, Baby” ©2003 by Shane O’Brien. K.M.B. was pressed into Disc in 2003 of which about 1,000 copies were distributed. A truly limited release which lasted a couple of weeks before they were all distributed. More would had been made, but at that time O’Brien was on a writing terror, creating all the new tracks for another release of that year titled “She Love’s Me Not” ©2003.

This rendition of “The Genuine One” is a Solo 12’ve String Acoustic Guitar and Vocal Performance recorded in 2013 as part of the CD titled “A Jungle Acoustic Tradition 1983-2013” ©2013.
This CD features Shane O’Brien performing Solo unplugged performances of some songs written from a 30 year long collection of his own created music archives.

Here’s a cool track from that 2013 CD,it’s titled The Genuine One


A Jungle Studio Acoustic Tradition 1983-2013” ©2013
A Jungle Studio Acoustic Tradition 1983-2013” ©2013

A recent road trip to the Detroit/Windsor area created a photo opp that brung back a time in the past of which Shane was a member of a Canadian group called “The Polaris Project“. This was his last Canadian group with their last gig being a performance at Windsor’s then rocking venue, Danny’s Canadian Tavern. There are photos of that show still floating around but it takes a good search to find them.
The last time we found some was at a reservation desk at a hertz rent a car establishment in Windsor. The reservation agent had a photo album containing a good amount of photos from the ‘ event.       Shane found out about these photo treasures when he was renting a car during a scheduled gig in the area some fifteen years after that Danny’s Tavern gig. After the rental agreement for the car was signed, the agent noticed a certain familiarity upon reviewing the signatures and promptly ask O’Brien if he would be interested in purchasing some extra insurance for the weekend car rental. Which he turned down since insurance came with the rental anyway. Sill the agent persisted with a second offer for Shane to consider adding extra insurance strongly suggested by agent fora measly ten or fifteen bucks.
At this time he chose to support his strongly advised suggestion by pulling out from underneath the counter his prized old photo album which contained photos in chronological order of that 15 years ago gig. As it happens, the guitar Shane was playing was a Gibson Les Paul that just so happened to get engulfed in a raging amount of flames. Shane looked at all of these shots in a bit of a shock and with a shade of misplaced glow about him. No extra insurance was purchased either…

Here’s two separate photos

taken at the very same location

only 35 years apart.


Trivia Question:

Look closely at the following CD Cover Titled

“Solid Gold Treasure Chest” Disc 1

Shame, Shame, Shame Blues Band was the name of Shane O'Brien's band prior to the switch to "OBrien's Edge"
Shame, Shame, Shame Blues Band was the name of Shane O’Brien’s band prior to the switch to “OBrien’s Edge”

You may notice that there are two members of this group that currently hold Union Books for Local 433 Union Ironworkers.

Can you name them?

Here’s a link to a fun song. It was a blast recording this little Diddy. Tony Sena and Shane O’Brien just let all preconceived notion of what is normally accepted for a recording session with no expectations of of any kind other than a time of shared musical excitements for about 5 min and a little more…

Ironworkers and Performing Artists _ A combination that is Shane O’Brien

A Reflection of who is Shane O’Brien
For years the solid influences of being one with my Union Ironworkers Brother-in, has instilled within me discipline, loyalty, and a level of encouragement within us of ourselves, It was not long after my beginning days working in the field (The Vincent Thomas Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project 1997-2000), that a level of confidence had developed in recognizing who we are (as one) and  what we stand for, through our committed values of what we produce every day. And don’t you know this influence had also affected the music written, produced and performed by myself and each of the bands I’ve participated with for the past 20 years too. As a matter of record, my very first album, a limited release by Shane O’Brien [From CYC to CD ©1999] had been created with the monies earned as an apprentice Ironworker, as were the following 25 other CD’s since. The latest CD being titled “An Acoustic Jungle Tradition 1983-2013” ©2013.

During our apprenticeship program, a bond between many attending students of our trade often develop, which may possibly last for the rest of our lives. Here’s a good example of what I am referring to:
Derick Shannon was a fellow apprentice in my classes, of which we graduated at the same time as well (1997-2000 Los Angeles, CA). I don’t believe we  have worked on the same jobs since but once for a short period with Eagle Iron at the Pasadena Convention Center.

With the creation of Facebook we have re-Kindled our connections with each other and often share little windows into what ever job we find ourselves involved with, by sharing pictures of any particular day. At this time Derick is a Production Welder for Shuff Iron Erectors working Downtown Los Angeles on the new 74 story going up. He had posted a few great photos he captured before or after work, during lunches or in between welds,

What follows is a downtown Los Angeles photo  by Derick Shannon, JIW Local 433, Taken early in the morning prior to work start. 2nd up is a video capture from the newest “working floor”, floor number 53 _ Oct 2015, and 20 more floors to go. Lastly, action from the working floor featuring the Raising Gang doing comfortably what they do every day. This video was made available by my dear friend, JIW Frank Montoya Local 433

First off, let’s see how Derick’s days are beginning these days:

Another gorgeous start of my working day
Another gorgeous start of my working day

This Second offering  is a video Capture from Union Ironworker Brother Carlos Sanchez-pleites

Lastly, the next video was provided by JIW and long time Friend
Frank Montoya Local 433
Love the imagery and the music is perfect for it too…


If I’m mistaken regarding who supplied this video, then I only apologize for the mistaken identity and lay claim to how cool I know this video clip is…

This is a good Southern California Jam Night/Open Mic resource for those musicians wanting to spread their musical wings and participate with other music lovers in this district.
Follows the rules of sign ups and definitely be the part you portray with courtesy and patience. This will get you the experiences of playing in some real cool venues and alongside of some good God talented musicians too…

Here’s a poster advertising a San Diego Quality Jam Event
Oct 2015

Jam Night at House of Blues San Diego, CA
Jam Night at House of Blues San Diego, CA