SPOTLIGHT: Sean McConnell Announces New Album ‘Secondhand Smoke’


Acclaimed singer/songwriter Sean McConnell has announced his new album ‘Secondhand Smoke’ out on February 8th, 2019 via Big Picnic Records and available for pre-order now (PledgeMusic / iTunes). McConnell will also kick off his 2019 U.S. headlining tour on March 7th, 2019 in Carrboro, North Carolina. The 20+ city tour also includes stops in Richmond, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Dallas and Nashville.

‘Secondhand Smoke’ is a 13-song cohesive collection of modern folk music asking provocative questions about how we become who we are, what and whom we love, and the growth, pain, and freedom that come with accepting that some answers might elude us forever. “The older I get, the more I find that is what it’s all about––that there is no way to answer it all,” McConnell says. “Being comfortable with mystery is a positive thing in all aspects of our lives. I definitely explore that in these songs.”

The album’s gorgeous title track and first single was recently cited in Rolling Stone’s “10 Best Country/Americana Songs of the Week (10/19). Check out the song HERE.

Produced, recorded and written by McConnell in his Nashville home studio, ‘Secondhand Smoke’ is a striking intimate portrait of life’s intricacies. “These are stories that people are familiar with,” adds McConnell, “and they steer the ship in a certain direction, then leave you off at this ocean of possibilities that we didn’t plan on the story taking us to.”

A long renowned wordsmith, hundreds of thousands have turned to Sean McConnell for that kind of musical exploration for almost 20 years. Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Meat Loaf, David Nail, Brothers Osborne, Buddy Miller, Plain White T’s and many more have all recorded his songs––a dizzying list that spans not just styles, but generations. Recently, he earned his first #1 single on country charts with breakout artist Brett Young’s delivery of “Mercy,” which the two co-wrote. As a performer, McConnell has the keen ability of drawing in his audience. His sound––a stunning warm tenor painting vivid stories over acoustic guitar often cushioned by keys or other strings––has prompted a diverse range of music scenes from the storied Boston folk community to Texas’s defiantly self-sovereign camp to warmly claim McConnell as one of their own.

‘Secondhand Smoke’, McConnell’s 13th album, is the follow up release to the critically hailed Undone, an acoustic re-release version of McConnell’s 2016 self-titled album, featuring ‘Nothing On You’, a collaboration with Lori McKenna. Secondhand Smoke is available on February 8th, 2019 – for more information visit

Secondhand Smoke
Here We Go
Shaky Bridges featuring The McCrary Sisters
Everything that’s Good
I Could Have Been An Angel
The Devil’s Ball
Rest My Head
Greetings From Niagara Falls
Another Song about A Broken Heart
I Don’t Want To Know
Say Goodbye
Wrong Side of Town
Next Post

SINGLE REVIEW: Carly Pearce - 'Closer To You'

Carly Pearce, the effervescent rising star of the Big Machine Label Group, has a new song out, Closer to You, with a new album expected in 2019, as well as her inaugural C2C appearance next March.  See, I told you she was moving on up.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.