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Stagecoach 2009: Missing a Stage, gaining a McGraw

Pop & HIss

The L.A. Times music blog

 

One of the first things you might notice upon arrival at this year’s Stagecoach is that despite all the barbecue, it feels a bit slimmer. It’s not for a lack of lawn chairs, beer koozies or brisket though — the fest is just down one stage this year. What was the Outdoor Stage last weekend has become barbecue alley, leaving a Mane Stage, a Mustang Stage and a new Palomino Stage in what was the Sahara Tent at last week’s Coachella.

It’s not all lean times early this Saturday, however. The Mane Stage saw a last-minute early addition, and a welcome one at that. Sean Patrick McGraw, a “Nashville Star” semi-finalist (and, as he specified, “not related to Tim, so I didn’t pull any strings to be here”) scampered in at the last minute to ply a zeitgeisty brand of country-rock that confirmed why he did well on the show. His tenor is strong and befitting of the bar-brawler ruckus that so many of his younger peers are working in right now. (It doesn’t hurt that he kind of looks like Dwight Yoakam to boot.)

His early contender of a hit, “A Dollar Ain’t Worth a Dime,” is one of the first of what will surely be many recession-themed laments, but unlike John Rich’s “Shutting Detroit Down,” McGraw keeps his sociology enticingly vague, warning that “People do desperate things in desperate times/ if a man don’t turn to Jesus, he’ll turn to crime,” but it doesn’t feel like Christian proselytizing — more an acknowledgment that neither course of action is likely to help in the long run.

But it’s not all doomy warnings — in between song banter, McGraw welcomed the occasion to be in California, where he could “let his freak flag fly” and indulge in our lax botanical pharmacopeia laws, which is our kind of country music philosophizing.  As far as unexpected visits go at Stagecoach, McGraw can swing by any time he likes.

-August Brown

Photo credit: Getty Images



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Music Row on SPM

Sean Patrick McGraw previously won a Disc of the Day prize back in 2005. But for some reason I neglected to salute him with a DisCovery Award back then. Can I correct that oversight now? His “What I’d Do” is the finest indie-label single I’ve heard all year long

SEAN PATRICK McGRAW/What I’d Do
Writer: Sean Patrick McGraw/Amy Chappell/Jason Jones; Producer: none listed; Publisher: Seananigan/Songs of Amy Chappell/Warner Chappell, ASCAP; Seananigan (www.seanpatrickmcgraw.com)
—Love the shuddering, smoldering guitars at the bottom of this mix. The ballad is wonderfully written, and his performance is note perfect. This deserves to be a massive hit.



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What They're Saying About SPM

What they’re saying about SPM:

Robert Oermann (Music Row Magazine, Nashville Star Judge)
“All Things Texan”
“Enormously evocative..brilliantly sung, written, and produced…this guy has star potential.”

Eleanor Rees, Maverick Magazine, UK
“Such an amazing voice…this guy could go far”

Donna Reynolds, iReality News Online
“Sean doesn’t look like a country singer but he sure sings like one. Great job. Nice twang from a Yank!….. Billy doesn’t think anyone would flip the station when that song was on the radio. Tracy says he is a solid songwriter with a solid voice and great biceps”…

Jana Pedragon, Western Beat
“Keep your ears peeled. Sean Patrick McGraw could just be the next Honky-Tonk rebel to break through and shake things up.”

John Hood, BLINK
“I just hope one of these major country labels doen’t take this uniquely talented singer/songwriter and assembly-line him into another country singer without any individual style, He’s got the songs, the look, and just enough attitude to make him a star.”

 

 



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AngryCountry.com

AngryCountry.com shares a few words about Sean Patrick McGraw:

“It came as a shock to us at Angry Country that the {Nashvlle Star}judges chose to eliminate Sean; and we strongly disagreed with their decision. We felt that Sean was one of the strongest songwriters to take to the stage and should have been given the opportunity to showcase that talent…this will not be the last we hear of this young man.”



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Jimmy Town, VT, Gowanda, TK

Hey All….
Life on the road has not been without it’s craziness as of late—there was me playing deaf in NY (sinus/ear infection), leaving our guitars behind in VA Beach (thanks COLT FORD, we’ll pick ‘em up when we’re back in Nashvegas) needing those same guitars in Wheeling (Thanks GENERATIONS and LUKE BRYAN for your patience) amps frying,  PA not-working….we had to resort to JAGERMEISTER if only to maintain our sanity….
But it’s all good and the future is perfect…
–TONIGHT, the band and I will be down at the JAMESTOWN NY MOOSE LODGE (can you believe in years of gigging I’ve never played a Moose Lodge before??)  from 9pm-2am. “da Moose” is located at 405 East 5th St. Jamestown, NY. This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC—as in YOU!!!
–TOMORROW we’ll be loading up the truck and heading for the Mountains (no not West Virginia, we were just there…) as in Rutland VT at the RED MOON SALOON. We’ll be on from 9pm ‘til 1am. There’s a cover, I think. I don’t think it’s much. RED MOON SALOON is located at 118 Post St Rutland, VT.
–SUNDAY we’ll be revving it up at the HOLLYWOOD HAPPENING in Gowanda, NY. This bike-rally supports renovations on the beautiful HOLLYWOOD THEATER. I do believe they’re raffling off a fat-boy or something like that ??? We’re on from 4-7pm.
Thanks all!!
We’ll see ya there
SEAN
p.s. don’t forget to click through on my video over at CMT:
http://www.cmt.com/videos/sean-patrick-mcgraw/381527/dollar-aint-worth-a-dime.jhtml
Upcoming:
–6/11 12 noon at the HARD ROCK stage at CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL.
–6/12   NEWARKFEST, Newark NY
–6/13   STRAWBERRY FEST at MERRITT ESTATE Winery, Forestville NY
–6/14   CMT Meet-and Greet, CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL NASHVILLE
–6/18    PNC ARTS CENTER w/ TOBY KEITH, Holmdel, NJ


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Marti Clayton – THATSCOUNTRY.COM

Check out what ThatsCountry.com has to say about Sean Patrick McGraw:

“Sean Patrick McGraw…..what can I say? This good-looking, down-to-earth young man has everything it takes to make it in this industry. First off, he’s a stellar songwriter……he’s a remarkably talented singer as well. He’s also got the drive to make it in this business. Now……put that all together and all I can say is…….what are you waiting for record labels……sign this guy!!!!!”



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Cdbaby.com

“Songs For Saturday Night” packs in twelve solid tracks of quality modern country. From upbeat to downbeat, his songwriting never falters. With strong vocals, solid footing in the tradition of country music and a forward-looking approach to the future of the genre, his songs are full-bodied and nutritious to the ears. With this album, it’s not all about the bells and whistles but about the heart and substance of the song. His strong sense of story and direction gives the impression that his priorities are with quality and not flash.



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Stagecoach 2009: Missing a Stage, gaining a McGraw

Pop & HIss

The L.A. Times music blog

 


One of the first things you might notice upon arrival at this year’s Stagecoach is that despite all the barbecue, it feels a bit slimmer. It’s not for a lack of lawn chairs, beer koozies or brisket though — the fest is just down one stage this year. What was the Outdoor Stage last weekend has become barbecue alley, leaving a Mane Stage, a Mustang Stage and a new Palomino Stage in what was the Sahara Tent at last week’s Coachella.

It’s not all lean times early this Saturday, however. The Mane Stage saw a last-minute early addition, and a welcome one at that. Sean Patrick McGraw, a “Nashville Star” semi-finalist (and, as he specified, “not related to Tim, so I didn’t pull any strings to be here”) scampered in at the last minute to ply a zeitgeisty brand of country-rock that confirmed why he did well on the show. His tenor is strong and befitting of the bar-brawler ruckus that so many of his younger peers are working in right now. (It doesn’t hurt that he kind of looks like Dwight Yoakam to boot.)

His early contender of a hit, “A Dollar Ain’t Worth a Dime,” is one of the first of what will surely be many recession-themed laments, but unlike John Rich’s “Shutting Detroit Down,” McGraw keeps his sociology enticingly vague, warning that “People do desperate things in desperate times/ if a man don’t turn to Jesus, he’ll turn to crime,” but it doesn’t feel like Christian proselytizing — more an acknowledgment that neither course of action is likely to help in the long run.

But it’s not all doomy warnings — in between song banter, McGraw welcomed the occasion to be in California, where he could “let his freak flag fly” and indulge in our lax botanical pharmacopeia laws, which is our kind of country music philosophizing.  As far as unexpected visits go at Stagecoach, McGraw can swing by any time he likes. 

-August Brown

Photo credit: Getty Images

 



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North Carolina with Toby Keith

On the road with Toby Keith has been a great ride so far!!….and thanks to ya’ll who gave “Cowtippin’ ”  a standing ovation last night at the Verizon Ampitheater in Charlotte,N.C……you know how to keep us rockin’ the house!!! We sure appreciate everyone’s support!



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Reminders…

-we are ON for this Saturday’s MOOSEFEST in Gowanda, NY. Should be HUGE…we start at 9pm. Info at www.gowandaharley.com -also we are ON for RIBFEST in Warren, PA on Sunday from 3-5pm. Sponsored by our dear friends at WHUG fm, this is gonna be BIG as well. Info at www.warrenribfest.com -also we are ON for RIBFEST in Warren, PA on Sunday from 3-5pm. Sponsored by our dear friends at WHUG fm, this is gonna be BIG as well. Info at www.warrenribfest.com -next THURSDAY, July 23rd we’ll be on the floating stage at Bemus Point, NY at 6pm in a benefit concert for the Chautauqua Pops. Info at www.bemuspt.com -next SATURDAY we return to AMERICA’S TOUGHEST TOUR w/ TOBY KEITH AND TRACE ADKINS in Philadelphia, PA at the Susquehanna Band Center, Tix/info at www.livenation.com lastly, for those of you who haven’t had a chance to see it on CMT, watch my video for ‘DOLLAR AIN’T WORTH A DIME:” here; http://www.cmt.com/videos/sean-patrick-mcgraw/381527/dollar-aint-worth-a-dime.jhtml until next time PEACE sean