Jay O’Rourke Band consists of five musicians from Chicago, playing their version of “Chicago blues rock.” Jay has released 4 Cds since 2015, and played many shows in the Chicago area during this time. As a producer/engineer Jay has worked on over 100 releases from major labels, and indie labels. Two new releases are expected from the band in 2019.
This band has played together, in a variety of configurations for almost 30 years.
Jay O’Rourke (Vocals/Guitar)
Jay played guitar and produced Epic Recording Artists “The Insiders”. That band had a top 10 AOR hit with “Ghost on the Beach”, in the late 1980’s, & released several indie records. He has gone on to produce, or engineer artists such as Warren Zevon, Robbie Fulks, Urge Overkill, Material Issue, and Liz Phair. Jay was also the Mastering Engineer for Alligator Records for years. He has toured the USA – “coast to coast”, as a guitar player, and has been an “in demand” session guitar player.
Spies Who Surf are a surf rock band from Chicago. They were recognized by Billboard (magazine) as being part of a global surf rock movement. They have shared the stage with national surf acts, including the Ventures and Dick Dale. In 1999, Tommy Klein was drafted to play a gig with the Greaseballs, another Chicago surf band, substituting for their guitarist Manny Guevara who could not play the show. When the Greaseballs played a few Spies Who Surf tunes, the reaction from the crowd prompted Klein to talk to Busca, who attended the show, about reforming the band. The band did reform briefly, with Suycott returning on drums, but the reunion was short-lived due to Busca’s continuing problem with drug abuse. Busca died of a heroin overdose on January 5, 2002. The Spies played one more show on January 20, 2002, as a memorial to Busca, at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago with Dan Polonsky substituting on bass.