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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Poll time!

Connells Fans Unite!

There are currently two fans lists devoted to The Connells

The Connells List
This is the oldest Connells list first created in 1993 by Art Jipson at the University of Dayton with 175 members that “discusses The Connells, North Carolina music, and great modern Southern rock music.  All topics related to The Connells are welcome.”

To subscribe, send an email to with “subscribe connells” in the body of your message and then your email address and name.  Send any questions or comments to


Old School Dropouts

This is an active Yahoo groups list with over 225 members run by Susan Byrd.  “This group is for fans of The Connells. It will include tour news, photos, discussion of past, present, and future albums, polls, and possibly, chat.”

To subscribe, send an email to

The Old School Dropouts list was formed in July of 2002.

You can find more information about this group at

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Artistic License

Some old Tour Stories… Artistic license

From Doug McMillan: “I used to do this thing called the ‘Art Exchange.’ These hotels in Louisiana and Mississippi have really ‘precious’ prints on the walls, really dated and cheesy pictures. So I would take the prints out and put them above my bunk in the bus. I had this one of a bayou scene that was just unbelievable, it was so bad. In the frame, I would substitute my own little collage and hope they wouldn’t notice — an American Express card application, a washcloth, the soap wrapper. Some of them were pretty good. I wish I could’ve gotten feedback on what they thought.

“Anyway, we came back from that tour and [our manager] looked at me funny and said, ‘We got some strange bills here; what were you doing?’ So I had to quit.”