So, is the designation ‘Dad Band’ a positive? As the ability to create, make and play music has exploded in the past several years, the question of at what age people make music has arisen. Will Lingo of Walter magazine has written an interesting essay about the growth in older musicians making music and what this means for those we may call ‘Dad’ and what it means for the music community in The Connells’ hometown of Raleigh.
The Connells‘ song ’74-’75 from the 1993 record RING is being used in a funny television ad in Norway… A great choice of music TV producers!
Hello to all you fellow fans of The Connells! My name is Rob Perry and this is a story about how I came to attend my first Connells’ concert.
While living in Goldsboro, NC during the late ’80s, I’d listen to the major rock station of the area, WRDU 106.1 FM. One Sunday morning in the Spring of 1988, the sultry DJ, Kitty Kinnin played “Scotty’s Lament” and talked a little about The Connells being a local band on the rise. I’d never heard of them before but I instantly loved the song and the following week made the trek to the mall to purchase “Boylan Heights” and “Darker Days”.
After listening to these two records for a few weeks and becoming fully enthralled with the Connells’ sound and lyrics, a moment of musical epiphany occurred. Now kids… back then, the radio was our primary source for music news. I remember hearing about an upcoming high‐school‐graduates‐only, alcohol‐free celebration that Wake County NC was offering as an alternative celebration option to the recent grads. The advertisement proclaimed that The Connells would be playing and that the event would be held at Dorton Arena in Raleigh.
So, I thought… Oh, joy! I had yet to see The Connells in concert and I thought that I may never get another chance (yep, my 24‐year‐old mind was working overtime back then). The opportunity of a lifetime had just presented itself. But considering I wasn’t a recent HS graduate, how would I ever make my way into the venue? What to do? What to do?
I decided to call the advertisement’s “for more information” telephone number and ask how I could attend. I spoke with a very nice woman but she did not seem to understand why I would want to attend the celebration just to see an alternative rock band, especially one hailing from within the greater Raleigh area. My pleading to attend got me nowhere until she finally mentioned that the only other people that were allowed inside the celebration were the volunteer chaperones. Volunteer chaperones? Sign me up!
So I volunteered, and the day of the concert I reported to Dorton Arena as requested. I was told by one of the managing volunteers to help police the pit area in front of the stage (I assume because I was one of the younger and more physically fit volunteers). That was obviously fine with me because, you know, the closer to the band the better!
The concert ended up being great. The Connells put on a great set and the crowd was fun. It was officially my first Connells show and it was free. Boy was I lucky? Yep, I’d say so!
The Connells concert with Leisure McCorkle at Motorco has been postponed because drummer Rob Ladd was in a serious auto accident. We are sending all of our love, prayers and thoughts for healing to Rob! If more information becomes publicly available we will share that here.
The Connells playing in Virginia in September of 2018. Thanks to some fans for sharing this with us here at OneSimpleBand.
The Connells headlined the final night of Athfest 2018 on Sunday, June 24th 2018!
Review of The Connells Performance.
Photos courtesy of Scott Carper!
So this story starts back in 1986.
I was a freshman in college, part of the Virginia Wesleyan soccer team, and basically alone on campus except for my team members. We were in the midst of ‘3 a day’ practices in the heat of a Virginia August when I was first introduced to The Connells.
One day, what has turned out to be my best life long friend, began blasting “Darker Days ” from down the hall in the dorm. That album would become our pre-game ritual. Hats off, 1934, and the rest got us ready to play. We would later form a band of our own and cover some of those tunes that got us through our freshman year.
Now, 30 years later, I have come to find out that I have a closer connection with the band in that a high school friend is married to a band member. I am honored to have been able to make friends with the Connell brothers and get to know them on a more personal level. They were and still are a musical inspiration to my own music and band.
That is something that I am grateful for.