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Album Review

Boston native Sean McConnell has been a presence in country and roots music since the early 2000s, releasing a string of highly regarded independent albums and writing songs for major artists like Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, and Brad Paisley, among others. With his rich, warm tenor and melodic, pop-Americana sound, he's seemed poised for a breakout for a number of years. A decade-and-a-half after self-releasing his debut (at the age of 15), the life-long independent makes his label debut on Rounder Records. Recorded and produced in Nashville by Ian Fitchuk and Jason Lehning, this self-titled ten-song set offers a sound that is rooted in county, but borrows from the soaring melodic notions of contemporary indie folk. There was always an inward-looking nature to McConnell's earlier albums, but here he delves even more deeply into his own past, wielding his nostalgia in autobiographical vignettes that reveal childhood experiences, people he's loved, street names, and deep-seated emotions. From the haunted reflections of heartland rocker "Ghost Town" to the earnest "guitar kid from Hudson" in lead single "Queen of St. Mary's Choir," he paints a vivid picture of his life's journey from naive teenager to Nashville songsmith and family man. The production is fairly robust, though not so slick that it detracts from McConnell's soulful, earthy delivery. He's not really breaking any new ground musically and there are plenty of singer/songwriters working in this familiar milieu of introspective roots-pop, but McConnell's innate earnestness and hard-earned sense of craft ultimately carry him on this solid release.

Customer Reviews

Ear worm Album

I purchased this album on a whim needing something new to listen to on a long flight. This has become one of my favorite new artist since. So many great original songs. I can't stop listening and singing along. Great instrumentation and arrangements enhance the soulfulness of his voice and writing.

Amazing!

In my never ending search for new stuff, this guy is at the TOP of my list. Amazing voice and lyrics. Can't wait for the entire album. Hope he comes to LA, cause I can tell he'd be great to hear live. Wow!

Coincidence

Wow so I open the ITunes and boom my favorite genre pops up with my last name, and from one McConnell to another you're a great singer.

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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