Our New Album
Black Park Records, 2021
Steadman’s Wake is The Connells 9th record, and their first in more than 20 years. Produced by John Plymale, the album features eight new songs that have never been released, while three of the album’s songs previously appeared in different versions on 2001’s “Old-School Dropouts” – a collection of demos recorded at the group’s practice space.
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.