Our New Album
Set The Stage
Black Park Records, 2023
Set The Stage is the Connells 10th record, and first official live record in their 38 year history. Recorded and produced by long time band engineer Tim Harper, Set The Stage captures the “Loose Precision” that is a Connells show.
The Connells began to come together as a group in the Spring of 1984. Mike Connell was in his second year of law school and his brother David in his last semester of college, both at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The brothers, David playing bass and Mike guitar, rented a practice space and began working up several of Mike’s songs with a friend, John Schultz playing drums. John was a junior at UNC and was from Raleigh, where the Connell brothers’ home base now was located. The band tried a few singers that Spring before settling on Doug MacMillan, a childhood friend of Schultz’s and a swimmer at East Carolina University.