Sean McConnell is young, but he isn’t green. Since releasing his first album at 15, he has toured relentlessly, playing everywhere from Harvard Square coffeehouses to Texas hole in the walls. A loyal fanbase thousands deep has long-since discovered the devoted road dog whose voice quiets boisterous bar rooms easily, and with soulful dignity.
Music has been part of McConnell's life for as long as he can remember. "My mom was a singer and my dad was a guitar player and songwriter," he says. "They'd play in coffeehouses and I'd go along and watch them perform, and seeing that lifestyle showed me that music was an option. Seeing my dad painstakingly writing songs had a huge influence on me, and gave me license to feel like I could enter that world.”
By the age of 10, McConnell had become proficient on guitar and was writing his first songs. "I fell in love with the instrument first," he recalls. "Learning guitar gave me a feeling of uncharted territory laid out in front of me.” When McConnell was about 11, the family moved from Massachusetts to Georgia, where he stayed until heading to Middle Tennessee State University just outside of Nashville for college. Nashville proved a good fit, as an impressive mix of mainstream heavyweights, pop stars, and Americana stalwarts began cutting McConnell songs: Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Meat Loaf, David Nail, Brothers Osborne, and Buddy Miller are a mere skimming of that ever-growing list. Writing better songs than ever before and singing them like no one else can, McConnell is now in a place that can’t help but feel like fate. "From a very young age, I just knew that I was gonna spend my life making music," he says. "I never really questioned it, so I just forged ahead and didn't let anything stop me.”
We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Sean as our headliner for the last Cowtown Unplugged of 2018 on Saturday, August 18. These tickets will sell out - so get yours today.
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