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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.

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Latest album from the most talented songwriter in Nashville

Sean McConnell never fails to amaze with his gifted song writing and vocal ability. His latest album, Midland, only further cements him in the hearts and minds of discerning Texans. The title track, Midland, featuring backup vocals from friend and songwriting companion Wade Bowen tells the story of the struggles of a lonely girl stuck in a lonely west Texas town. From there, the album cranks the energy up to 11 with the bluesy jam, Save our Soul. Novocaine's catchy guitar riffs and elevating vocals keep me hitting repeat. The album revisits the classic Sean jam, Kiss, but by far the best song of the album is the heart-wrenching final song, Old Brown Shoes. It moved me to tears the first time I heard it. Truth be told, this is an album you can listen to from start to finish without ever being tempted to hit ::next:: This is a MUST BUY!!!!


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

He's the best!

Sean McConnell is not only an awesome and really nice guy but he's also an amazing artist. He has so much talent and potential and I don't see how he's not famous all around the world! He really is THE BEST!


Genre: Rock

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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