5:00? Cheers! I’m raising a toast to finally being able to share my brand new single, Secondhand Smoke, this Friday. It’s been a long time coming. I also have some other fun things that will be popping up this week. So cheers folks 🥃 Stay tuned. #SecondhandSmoke
Day 1 of 2 in the books with the man @drewholcombmusic at my crib writing some tunes.
Cousins studio hang.
Thank you @bmi for this “first #1” guitar. When I was growing up, my first big boy guitar was a Taylor and sounded eerily similar to this one. Having a bit of a full circle moment & falling back in love with this open C tuning.
Big day in the McConnell house. 6 years home.
Thank you @brettyoungmusic for getting me up on your special night. You’re a class act. It was a real honor. Congrats on your sold out night at the Ryman.
Last night at the industry #1 party for “Mercy” with @brettyoungmusic .
First time for everything. Song three of my set the wind and rain came in sideways, soaked me to the bone, and knocked down half the lights and gear. I was told to cut it:) Sorry Des Moines. Wish I could have played more for you. Rock and Roll 🤘🏼
Ouch. Coming at you early mañana @eliyoungband & @maxwell_shafer . Looking forward to joining you lads for a few shows.
I am packing for my week of shows that I’m leaving for tomorrow and I turned to a page in my lyric notebook that had this drawing preserved in it. @madalynillustration gifted me this amazing piece after she sketched it while we were both on the road with the @thewoodbros . Today, on the the anniversary of Tom Petty’s death, it basically fell into my hands. I wouldn’t make this up for an Instagram post. It happened. There’s a lot more to life than we can see. Cheers to one of the greatest and coolest cats that ever walked this rock. And thank you Madalyn for this treasure.
Camera crew rolling in the Subaru 🎥 #musicvideo day #2.
Today is weird. #musicvideo
Shot some video today in my home studio. Getting all our ducks in a row for this new record release. Getting so close. Details soon.
Would the congregation please rise and turn to hymn number 147
I have so many questions
Musical heroes, the untouchable super stars, are one type of inspiration. The biggest musical heroes though, the ones that truly shape you, the really powerful ones, are the ones that sit down on a back porch in Maine with a middle school kid to teach him a scale, then play rhythm guitar so he can learn how to solo. These types of musical heroes show up to your house in Georgia to visit, excuse themselves to go by a book of chords, and then walk you through it to show you there’s more than just C, G, and D. These are the musical heroes that truly make a musician who they are. I lost one of my musical heroes this week. His name was Johnny May. He’s the man to my left, your right, in this picture above when he and, another hero, Larry DeJong, came to see me the last time I played Boston. I would feel incomplete without sending some sort of “thank you” out into the universe. We do it for our famous heroes when they die, how much more do our personal heroes deserve it. In my home, growing up as a child in Massachusetts, there was a round wooden table in our small dinning room. Around it, on countless magical evenings, sat the same cast of characters. Musicians. Fiddlers and guitarists. Singers and story tellers. The giants of my youth. The kids would fall asleep on the living room floor in sleeping bags, listening to the jam going deep into the night. Johnny was a mainstay. Thank you Johnny May. You probably didn't know how much you affected me. Every “little” thing you did for me meant the world. Journey on with peace.
@drewkennedy is quite possibly the only person I would write a song about Carl Sagan with. Today was weird and awesome 🚀
Closing out the night with @marysusanmcconnell . Full hearts and grateful for friends, family, and music.
My mom & aunt Sue flew in from Boston, celebrated, and flew out just hours later. That’s how McConnells roll❤️
Had our own little shindig tonight to celebrate “Mercy” going #1. Here’s Mama McConnell & @jonnyinsogna representing.
Headlining this cool festival just west of Conroe, Texas @bernhardtwinery on 10/6. Come have a glass of wine. #realliferealmusicfestival
Just getting home from another soul feeding day with the magical @audramaemusic . We’ve been working on something really special. Got to spend a full day today in her home recording that one in a million voice. What a treat. More to come.
Spent the whole day w/ my wizard buddy @benalleman recording four live videos of new songs from the upcoming record. I’m excited for you guys to see and hear this. ⚡️⚡️⚡️
Making some sounds today with brother @benalleman . ⚡️⚡️✨