Top 5 best up-and-coming Bay Area bands of 2014. --CBS San Francisco
"There’s no arguing with the talent and skill on display on San Franciscan blues belter Lee Gallagher’s debut. With their mix of psychedelic organ, earthy blues rock and huge gospel flourishes, his band have clearly been striving for perfection, and this album suggests they want to be taken very seriously indeed."--Classic Rock Magazine
"Lee Gallagher, who wrote all of the material, is an intense and arresting vocalist, and his band is top-notch." --Jeff Burger, No Depression/The Morton Report
One of fourteen San Francisco bands to watch in 2015. --The Bay Bridged
"Taking the early '70s vinyl expositions of Americana by the Rolling Stones and their ilk as touchstone, Lee Gallagher and The Hallelujah have created a truly beguiling record which carries on the good work by extrapolating rootsy rock music with hefty doses of gospel, folk, and even psychedelic touches. What they've ended up with is an album that never releases its hold on the listener." --100% Rock Magazine
If rock ’n’ roll is the gospel, then Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah are its preachers. This is one of those bands that have the magic rock touch... They rock hard and they own it onstage. --Tony Dushane, San Francisco Chronicle
"Soulful rock with the fire and brimstone of the '70s…Even in his most poetic moments, Gallagher sings with the fervor of a preacher, extorting the listener to break through self-imposed limitations and to create one's own rock 'n' roll gospel." --Hyperbolium
“A heady mix of retro tube-amp fuzz, heartland tales and instrumentation, and modern alt grit, this is one of the more ear-opening acts to come from Frisco…and for that matter the West Coast… in a long time. “– MW, Music Morsels
"'Touch the Water' is a great tune, redolent of Ryan Adams attempting an early Rod ballad whilst 'Shallow Grave' enters full-on Robert Plant mode." --Jon'Mojo'Mills, Shindig!
"a cosmic adrenaline rush reminiscent of Springsteen and The Band at their most vivacious….nowhere else can one hear the synthesis of gospel, psychedelia, roots, Americana, folk, and rock in a crossroads that brings them all together so perfectly" --Turnstyled Junkpiled
“When music fans think of great singer-songwriters, they might think of Neil Young and when they think of powerful voices they might think of Robert Plant. Perhaps the generation of today and tomorrow, they might think of Lee Gallagher as both.” --Bay Area Examiner
“It’s a piece of cake to trace the influences, the winds blowing through the sails of Lee Gallagher and The Hallelujah’s “Gloryland.” Simply list the best Rock-N-Roll groups of the last 50 years, throw in a few Country music bands, some Indies and Laurel Canyon Folk harmonies and there you have it. If the song were a haunted house, Neil Young would lead the apparitions’ festivities. Gallagher’s voice can’t help but make us recall a youthful Neil’s ghostly, tremulous, high-pitched singing.”—Song Mango
“Hazy folk rock-Americana that gives a serious nod to the musical aesthetics of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, but Gallagher’s voice upholds a particularly recognizable nod to Neil Young.” --The Deli
"Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah’s self titled album not only has charisma, but like Steve Marriott’s time with both Humble Pie and The Small Faces, the sexual lyrical allure and driving passion of Bon Scott and Jim Morrison and the intrigue and real human life stories that binds together John Dexter Jones work are mixed with fruitful conviction throughout the 11 songs on offer"--Liverpool Sound and Vision
"Lee Gallagher and his band, The Hallelujah provide a 'teaser' on their website for their debut album. It is one minute and 30 seconds long and it is aggravating as hell. It is way too short, incredibly enticing, igniting a hunger that dwells in many of us; that longing for something real, fresh and exciting, like music used to be." --Coachella Valley Weekly
"Critics are raving about Lee Gallagher & The Hallelujah, particularly Gallagher’s Neil Young and Robert Plant-esque vocal intonations, framed by the band’s “hazy, folk-rock, Americana style.” --Red Dirt Reporter, OK
past tour dates
-Saturday, June 7th @ The Not Dead Yet Festival in San Francisco, CA
-Sunday, June 8th @ The Haight Street Fair in San Francisco, CA
-Saturday, August 2nd @ Shoreline Amphitheater w/The Doobie Brothers
-Wednesday, October 1st @ The Independent in San Francisco w/Living Colour
-Wednesday, October 15th @ Peeve's in Fresno, CA
-Thursday, October 16th @ The Mint in Los Angeles, CA
-Friday, October 17th @ Bar in Palm Springs, CA
-Saturday, October 18th @ Firecreek in Flagstaff, AZ
-Monday, October 20th @ Red Brick Bar in Norman, OK
-Tuesday, October 21st @ Kirby's Beer Store in Wichita, KS
-Wednesday, October 22nd @ The 806 in Amarillo, TX
-Thursday, October 23rd @ The 502 in San Antonio, TX
-Friday, October 24th @ Shipping and Receiving in Fort Worth, TX
-Saturday, October 25th @ The Blackheart in Austin, TX
-Monday, October 27th @ Walter's in Houstin, TX
-Tuesday, October 28th @ The Lost Horse Saloon in Marfa, TX
-Wednesday, October 29th @ Flycatcher in Tucson, AZ
-Thursday, October 30th @ The Sycamore Den in San Diego, CA
-Wednesday, December 10th @ Ham and Eggs in Los Angeles, CA
-Friday, December 12th @ Ojai Deer Lodge in Ojai, CA
-Saturday, December 13th @ Peeve's in Fresno, CA
Having recently been named one of the Top 5 Best Up-and-Coming Bay area bands of 2014 by CBS, Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah have clearly made a mark in their short time together since forming in mid-2013.
Based in San Francisco but comprised of Midwestern and Southern transplants with a devotion to honest roots based American music, they weave a sonic tapestry framed by wailing guitars, churning organ, and more than a slight nod to the southern gospel music of their past. The band has garnered buzz for their live shows which transform traditional music venues into sweaty, hip-shaking, psychedelic tent revivals.
The band went into the studio for nine days in 2014 to record their self-titled debut record and then focused on playing live and touring a good swath of the US. And, for the new kids on the block, the band has had the incredible good fortune of sharing the stage with such acts as The Doobie Brothers, Boston, and Living Colour.
The early reviews of their debut record have ticked off comparisons to many legendary artists such as Humble Pie, The Band, the Grateful Dead, the Faces, and the Black Crowes. Gallagher’s dynamic vocal range has brought repeated comparisons to both Neil Young and Robert Plant.
Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah will spend 2015 taking their “psychedelic gospel” on the road with dates starting in March.