New Music!!!

‘Stars’ an unreleased new song!


Don’t forget you can reach The Connells on twitter at @ConnellsMusic 



Stone Cold Yesterday: The Best of The Connells


On September 9th, 2016 – The Connells will release their long awaited and first-ever Best Of collection of songs from throughout their long career!

The collection includes many favorites and popular songs from albums such as Boylan Heights, Fun & Games, One Simple Word, Ring, Weird Food & Devastation, Still Life, and the New Boy EP.  The collection includes some of their most loved songs and fan favorites such as the international smash ’74-’75 from Ring.  The collection also includes deep cuts such as Something to Say, Slackjawed (which the band performed on Conan O’Brien), Uninspired, and Just Like That from Weird Food & Devastation.

From The Bicycle Music Press Release announcing this collection:



Set’s 16 indie-rock gems from the classic Connells era, 1987-1998, include debut radio single “Stone Cold Yesterday” and the worldwide hit “’74-’75”

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — On September 9, 2017, The Bicycle Music Company/Concord Music Group will release Stone Cold Yesterday: Best of the Connells, the pioneering Southern indie-rock band’s first-ever greatest hits package, collecting 16 college radio and modern-rock singles from 1987 to 1998, including their first breakthrough radio hit, “Stone Cold Yesterday,” and the influential worldwide phenomenon “’74-75.”

The Connells’ run of albums include Boylan Heights, Fun & Games, One Simple Word, Ring, New Boy, Weird Food & Devastation, and Still Life, with producers ranging from Mitch Easter (R.E.M./Let’s Active) and Hugh Jones (Simple Minds) and Lou Giordano (Bob Mould) to Tim Harper (Whiskeytown) and Jim Scott (Wilco).

The Raleigh, N.C.-based Connells have quietly built a fan base following their 1984 inception, cementing their status as a perennial college radio-era band that influenced an alternative-rock generation.

In the ’90s, the Connells finally broke through to international success with their second single, “’74-’75,” from their fifth album, Ring, reaching #1 across Europe and certified Gold in Germany, Norway and Sweden. Thirty-plus years later, the band continues to tour and record, with a new generation discovering them.

Current members include Mike Connell, David Connell, Doug MacMillan, Steve Potak, Mike Ayers, Rob Ladd and Joel Rhodes.

According to Doug MacMillan, “When The Connells first learned that The Bicycle Music Company would be acquiring our catalog, we were absolutely thrilled. Now we eagerly await the Best Of… release and the shows we’ll be playing to help get the word out!”

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Connells Show at The Lincoln Theatre Feb. 27th!

The Connells 30th Anniversary ShowHello there Connells Fans!

We have good news to share!  The band will be playing the Lincoln Theatre this February!  You can learn more about the show and get tickets at the Lincoln Theatre Website!  Here’s hoping that the band will end the drought and play ‘Hats Off’ from their first record, Darker Days!

So, if you are planning on making the trip let us know at onesimpleband on!

See you at the show! February

Show Tonight! And in September!

Cats CardleThe Connells are playing tonight as part of the wonderful Be Loud! Fundraising Concert tonight!!!
Tickets for this event can be purchased on the Cats Cradle website!  And are expected to sell out so plan accordingly Connells Fans! 
You can read more about the band’s participation in this fundraiser from the Herald Sun!
The Connells are also playing in Winston-Salem on September 19th at Ziggy’s  More information here:
The Connells are celebrating their 30th anniversary show this September 27th at the Raleigh Little Theatre — we are trying to get as many people to this show as possible! We know that the band is going to reflect on their entire catalog during this show. So expect some updates on this list as well as the Love The Connells page on Facebook, the onesimpleband twitter account, and of course on this page.
You can get tickets for the 30th anniversary show at the Raleigh Little Theatre on the Cats Cradle webpage!

Connells Email List

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Cool Show Alert: The Connells on December 20th in Raleigh, NC!


Live at The Lincoln Theatre! Friday, December 20th, 2013

7:30pm Doors
8:30pm Show



Hometown institution The Connells bring their distinct brand of guitar-oriented, melodic, power pop to The Lincoln Theatre for their annual holiday party! With new material in the works and most of their catalog now available through Amazon and iTunes, the band continues to play throughout the southeast US at festivals, fundraisers and clubs. The Connells current lineup features:

Mike Connell – Guitar, Vocals
David Connell – Bass
Doug MacMillan – Vocals
Mike Ayers – Lead Guitar
Steve Potak – Keyboard
Rob Ladd – Drums
Joel Rhodes – Trumpet


“Five men, one mission: musical stratospherics, stellar arrangements and guitar heroics. Coming soon to a theater near you!” Sixteen Tons is a brand new ensemble from North Carolina composed of an all star lineup of veteran musicians including:

Rod Abernethy – Guitar
Jon Heames – Bass, Bass VI
Mike Krause – Guitar
Chris Stephenson – Drums
Bo Taylor – Guitar

They have performed and/or recorded with a wide spectrum of established artists from North Carolina and beyond including Arrogance, Paul Rothchild (The Doors, Bonnie Raitt), John Anthony (Roxy Music, Queen), David Lord (Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos, Tears for Fears, The Pretenders), Let’s Active, Motocaster, Tonk, Bandway, Tift Merritt, Caitlin Cary (Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Ryan Adams), Big Al Anderson (NRBQ, World Famous Headliners), Chris Stamey, Thad Cockrell, International Orange (Ben Folds Five, The Old Ceremony, Bus Stop), Andy Kuncl, The Connells, John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff and members of Patty Griffin, Levon Helm, The Jayhawks and the Dex Romweber Duo among others.


Known for her multi-faceted artistic expression and fearless individuality, emerging musician, photographer and actress Hanna Elsie Chapman is just as likely to capture imagery through her lens and jump into character as she is to compose a piece of music. Angelic and hypnotic, bold and melodic… Chapman challenges her listeners to see ones vulnerability in lifes fleeting moments . “I am always absorbed in some medium of person-to-person communication. Striving for artistic expression is like burning into nothingness during atmosphere re-entry; vulnerable, risky, terrifying and necessary” says Chapman. Make sure to arrive in time to see Hannah kick the night off at 8:30!

Hannah Elsie Chapman – Piano, Vocals
Neal Chapman – Guitar



The Lincoln Theatre
126 E. Cabarrus St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 821-4111

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