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January 11, 2019

Meet January's Artist Discovery: Sean McConnell

Introduction

Meet Sean McConnell. A following now hundreds of thousands deep has turned to this man for musical exploration for almost 20 years. Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Brothers Osborne, and more have all recorded his songs. Now as a performer, he packs listening rooms and quiets unruly bar crowds.

We had the pleasure of asking Sean a few questions. Read on to see what he had to say!

 

Q & A

What album do you play on repeat?

Gregory Alan Isakov’s “The Weatherman.” I saw Gregory at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville a few years ago and was absolutely mesmerized. I went straight to the merch table and bought the vinyl. It’s also my eight year old daughter’s favorite record, so between the two of us, it spends a lot of time on the turntable.

What was the first album you ever owned on vinyl?

Michael Jackson “Thriller”.” I technically didn’t own it but as a child I claimed it as my own from my parents’ collection. As an adult, when I fell back in love with vinyl and put together my own system, the first record I bought was Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon.”

Who is the first artist you remember listening to?

David Wilcox. My parents played him in our house constantly growing up. Specifically his records, “How Did You Find Me Here,” “Home Again,” and “Big Horizon.” David was a game changer for me. He was a massive influence on my early songwriting and guitar playing.

What is the best live show you’ve seen?

Bruce Springsteen on Broadway. Hands down. I know that is probably a popular answer these days if you were lucky enough to see it live but it doesn’t make it less true for me. I’ll never, ever forget being in that small theater watching my hero in his element. It was flawless, painfully honest, naked, and transcendent. I don’t think I’m going to watch the Netflix special because I want to keep it in my memory just the way it is.

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?

I would absolutely love to work with Blake Mills in any capacity. I’m obsessed with the records he has produced, including his own record “Heigh Ho.” The sonic worlds that he creates are intoxicating and his songwriting is so unique.