George McConnell’s Singles Only is just what it says: a collection of the singles the veteran guitarist has made available on his website as A- and B-sided “virtual 45s.” Of course, we dinosaurs who actually lived the days of the little black records with the big ol’ holes in the middle of them will remember that the b-sides were usually thought of as the weaker tracks that sometimes didn’t ever see the light of day on an album … but often turned out to be hidden treasures. As far as Singles Only goes, forget about the As and Bs – the good ones are good and that’s it.
Though he’s been making music for the better part of 25 years, George McConnell has just now released his very first solo album, titled Singles Only. Through a series of records and years of touring with Beanland, Kudzu Kings and Widespread Panic, the Mississippi-bred guitarist has been showing glimpses of his songwriting skills all these years, with influences ranging from R&B to country. We hear that here as well. “In Walked You” is a delicious mid-tempo R&B groove, while “Mr. Cropper” is an unapologetic tribute to Memphis soul.
During this time, I’ve burned up thousands of road miles with my band The Nonchalants. The band features Tommy Turan on bass guitar, Max Williams on lap-steel, slide, and lead guitar, and Kenny Graeber on drums. If I haven’t told you before, I’m telling you now, this is the best band I’ve ever been in…..period!
We’ve headlined outdoor festivals, opened for major international artists, released one album, recorded a second album due out very soon, received some great reviews, killed a deer with our van, and rocked out with old and new fans alike.
What to look forward to in the year to come…..a new website, new merch, a new album, expanding our playing territory, writing new songs, world domination, and surviving being a father! (Oh yeah, did I mention I’m a new dad?!)
Cheers to all you fans out there! And don’t forget your bartenders……