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Sean McConnell’s parents played coffeehouses in the Boston folk scene before the family uprooted and moved to Atlanta, where Sean taught himself to write songs on his father’s guitar. Now McConnell’s a Nashville resident, and his third studio album, Midland, opens with the slow-burning, country-rock title track, with warm with acoustic guitar tones and twangy pedal steel. Over this, he sings in his high tenor about a small-town girl who smokes too much, works too late, and wakes up every day at 10:30 AM. The melancholy in his protagonist’s redundancy recalls a young Whiskeytown-era Ryan Adams at times, but there’s an elegant restraint here and throughout Midland that’s all McConnell’s. Even in the following upbeat gospel-rocker “Save Our Soul,” the parts where he holds back are as invigorating as the moments when his voice soulfully wails out like he’s just been baptized. With a gritty slide guitar contrasted by pristinely produced vocal harmonies, “Novocaine” is a rare recording edgy enough to appeal to both the commercial side of Music City as well as its alt-country fringe.

Customer Reviews

Midland Sean Mcconnell

The man is a gift with his music, it is from heart and you always feel what he is singing and playing! He is the best!

Disappointing

Sean is trying to take the main stream plunge and its very disappointing. He doesn't sound like himself on this album, he sounds like all the crap you find on the radio. I don't blame him for selling out thought, if I was a musician I'd do the same.
If you like Toby Keith you'll love this album.

Kellster

Christmas came early at my house. Sean and his music NEVER fail. This is a must-buy!

Biography

Born: Massachusetts

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A rootsy singer/songwriter known for his passionate but down-to-earth approach, Sean McConnell was born in Massachusetts, where his parents were both musicians who played frequently on the Boston folk circuit. At age 11, McConnell and his family moved to Georgia, and Sean began teaching himself to play by watching a video of one of his father's favorite performers, David Wilcox. (Wilcox would be a major influence on Sean as well.) Dealing with the isolation of leaving his friends behind in Boston,...
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