Guitarist/vocalist George McConnell doesn’t waste any time in letting you know that he and The Nonchalants mean business on Cheers Sports Fans! “Take Me to the Show” leads off with all the thunder of vintage Who at Leeds. From there, Cheers offers everything from moments of raggedy-ass Exile-style grittiness (“A Thousand Things”) to midnight gasoline shimmer (“Burn In Flames”) to bar-slamming swagger (“Kill The Man”) and wistful stagger (“Grinning Mischievously”). “Bay Of Scorn” has the acoustic-electric yin-yang of a cool old Grin tune, while “Black Mamba” is sheer grease. If John Sebastian and Taj Mahal spent an afternoon together hangin’ on the riverbank, then it would sound just like “Whistlin’ Fishin’ Blues.” And “Oldsmobile Blues” is one of those had-to-be-the-album-closer tunes à la the Stones’ “Moonlight Mile.” This is the sound of a talented man in a good place in life. Cheers to you, George. –Brian Robbins
Great news: George McConnell & The Nonchalants‘ new compact disc, Cheers Sports Fans, is out now and available for purchase direct from the band! This album sounds GREAT and we think it’s absolutely the best record that George has ever made.
Cheers Sports Fans features The Nonchalants: Max Williams on Guitar, Tommy Turan on Bass, Kenny Graeber on Drums, and of course George McConnell on Vocals, Guitar, Percussion, and Piano. Special guests include Kudzu Kings & Mustache The Band six string virtuoso Daniel Karlish on Guitar, journeyman Jeff Calloway on Trumbone, Kudzu Kings and Rocket 88‘s Robert Chaffe on Keyboards, the mysterious Rusty Del Ray on Keyboards, and Monique Townes & Wanda Stokes on Vocals.
George’s new album features some of the most important and well written songs of his career. “Bit of a Problem,” “Grinning Mischievously “ and “Burn in Flames” have already been important staples of The Nonchalant’s live show for the last year or so, while new songs such as “A Thousand Things” are sure to be an instant hit with George’s long time fans. The instrumental rocker “Black Mamba” will appeal to anyone and everyone who loves a hard hittin’, well writtin’, kick ass rocknroll song. Would you believe George and company had the gall to rerecord the classic Beanland song “Take Me To The Show”?! Well, they did and this version is better than ever! But that’s not all: this compact disc also includes: “Whistlin’ Fishin’ Blues,” “Kill The Man,” “Oldsmobile Blues,” and “Bay of Scorn.”
The new CD was recorded, produced, and mastered by Winn McElroy at Black Wings Studio near Water Valley, Mississippi, and boy does it sound awesome! The artwork and photography was produced by Newt Rayburn at Rayburn Studios.
We can’t express to you adamantly enough how cool and killer George’s new album is! You have to order it, hold it, and hear it to believe it!!
Buy George McConnell & The Nonchalants “Cheers Sports Fans” CD for $5.00 plus $1.50 shipping & handling