In March of 2009 a song I wrote about hard times, "Dollar Ain't Worth a Dime" got noticed by an exec at CMT. With a little help I made a video and got it played on the Network. Buzz from the vid lead to a last minute spot on California's Country Super-Fest "Stage Coach" which got me great reviews from attendant press...which lead to a slot on Toby Keith's 2009 "America's Toughest" Tour and an appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." In addition I secured an endorsement with Jagermeister have been since been on four "Jager Country" tours with Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Josh Thompson, and Jerrod Niemann.
I’ve been described as “Lyle Lovett singing Bruce Springsteen songs wearing Dwight Yoakam’s hat.” called “blue-collar poet,” one of the “Top Ten Artists to Watch in 2010” by Country Weekly Magazine, and “the best undiscovered talent in Country, PERIOD” By Claude Camacho of Dagwood Radio.
My 2010 single “What I’d Do” was hailed as “the finest independent release I’ve heard all year” by esteemed Music Row critic Robert K. Oermann. More important to me are the thousands of positive comments I’ve received from fans on Facebook ( I have over 35,000 followers) and the fact they they come out to see me show after show.
Keith Kasperek - Vocals, Guitar
Randy Hofgren - Bass
Jimmy Isula - Drums
Joe Dalimonte - Vocals, Lead Guitar
Montgomery Gentry's single SO CALLED LIFE\
GIT YER COWBOY ON released as April 9, 2012
SONGS FOR SATURDAY NIGHT
WINNER of Great American Song Contest, MountainStages NewSong Fest, Indpendent Music Awards “Best Country Song 2006." #4 Hotdisc Independent Chart (UK)
“Watching Somebody Else Dance”
#4 Garageband.com for 16 months!
#14 Irish Country Charts
LONG WAY FROM SLOWIN’ DOWN
“Dollar Ain’t Worth a Dime”
CMT “Hot Shot” video, May 2009
“What I’d Do”
Hailed by Music Row’s Robert K Oermann as “the Finest Single I’ve heard all year.” Also recorded by independent artists Amy Chappell and Gwen Sebastian.
“My So Called Life”
released 11/10, video on CMT, GAC.
"What I'd Do" "Breakthrough Video" on GAC, climbing charts at present.
GIT YER COWBOY ON
I LOVE THE HONKY TONK LIFE
DOLLAR AIN'T WORTH A DIME
LONG WAY FROM SLOWIN' DOWN
WHAT I'D DO
TOO FAR GONE
SOUTHERN IN YER SOUL
ALL THINGS TEXAN
THE NIGHT KEEPS CALLING YOUR NAME
NOTHIN' LIKE SATURDAY NIGHT
I'm All About You
Hard Way To Make and Easy Living
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Thank you for a fantastic performance last weekend....there are very few people whose voices are a d...Thank you for a fantastic performance last weekend....there are very few people whose voices are a direct reflection of their heart's and soul's duet and your voice is one of them...It was a treat to listen to your songs and truly enjoy the music and the dancing together! Thank you very much for that!
Elena G., Rochester NY
“The event was wonderful!! Sean was a BIG hit on campus, people are still talking about him...everything was great and we hope to have you all come back again!!!”
Doris, Student Advisor, Methodist College
“The event was wonderful. They were the perfect band for the relay for life event.”
Laura D Fallow, Lander University
“The event went very well. Sean and the band made our jobs as event planners quite easy. They were very easy to work with and interested in talking with the students. The Music was high quality and kept drawing more and more people...hopefully we can have them back again sometime”
Willis Thompson, College of William and Mary Office of Student Activities
“SEAN WAS AMAZING!! So many people have commented or asked where to buy his CD/find out more”
Laura, Assistant Dir Student Programing, VA Polytech
“The show was great–to be honest, I think Sean was better than the Wreckers...and he sold a ton of CD’s (100+) so apparently the students enjoyed him as well
Jon Hardage, Assistant Dir Student Programing, VA Polytech
From the Palm Bay, FL City Planners:
Did the Event go well? Extremely well....We would welcome (back) Sean anytime to Palm Bay. He is a wonderful person and an outstanding entertainer. He was very kind to his fans and to all of our staff. This includes his band members as well. They were very professional and the crowd loved them. I have received nothing but postive feedback from patrons, members of our city council and management and my staff..thank you for great show!
“The band did a great job and you were superb. I received several accolades from the production company and (Positively) 4th Street”
Doc, WiseSmith Management Group, Louisville, KY.
“I did catch most of the show and you were just fabulous. You and your boys are the real deal and we are honored that you came to our little town and lit things up. I could not have asked for more from any performer.”
Donna Scott, Executive Director, Naples Grape Festival. Naples NY
“You guys made a believer out of me. Great band, songwriting, stage presence, delivery & vocals”
Ken Biringer, Sportsmens Tavern, Buffalo, NY
The concert opened with an surprise artist that is just getting his name out there in country music. His name is Sean Patrick McGraw (no relation to Tim) and he and his band opened up the show with enthusiasm and a huge amount of talent. St. Louis LOVED him and so did I. Anyway, McGraw mentioned where to find him on the web, so I "friended" him on Facebook, telling him what an awesome job he did in St. Louis and that I was a new fan. Guess what? He responded back to me. He actually took the time to write back, thanking me. Wow!
Also notable: Sean Patrick McGraw played a mini-set of four songs that included his current single, “Dollar Ain’t Worth A Dime”. You can catch the video online at CMT.com. And what country music concert would be complete without a song about that popular pastime, “Cow Tipping.”
From the Palm Beach Post
Jodi Lynn Barton-Whaley I saw you on the America's Toughest Tour when it was in St. Louis last month. You were incredible. I hope you make it to St. Louis again. I'd love to go see you play again.
Darren Redmond Hey Sean, caught your show with Toby and Trace in Phoenix, you rocked the place. I bought your CD and listen to it in my truck all the time now. Thanks for the music and passion
Susan Geurian Really enjoyed seeing ya'll this year with Toby! Cow Tippin' was so funny and you looked like you were having a great time! See you again soon!
Sean Patrick McGraw played @ the Toby Keith/Trace Adkins concert on Sat. I'm a fan!! "Dollar Ain't Worth a Dime" is my new fav song!
yep seen u guys at Nissan too..great show. even if toby n trace called it DC..lol
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Toby Keith, Trace Adkins & Shawn Patrick McGraw Concert
I went to see Toby Keith & Trace Adkins in Tinley Park Saturday Night... It was a good night! My son and I stayed in a hotel and crashed early. We managed to get a few good pix. There was a new artist there by the name of Shawn Patrick McGraw he was quite good, needless to say his CD came home with us. Tinley Park is quite far but it was a nice drive, hardly any traffic at all.
Enjoy the pix.
i LOVE U! I saw u in Bristow and u were AWESOME! ♥ U!
Sean ... you sure did rock Nissan. I saw you there on 9/12 with Toby N Trace!!!
Stephanie Smith Y'all are a great band! Y'all should try and book a show at Sam's Town Casino Tunica, MS! I would love to come see y'all perform again! :-)
I'm from fredonia and went to see you here when you opened up for Toby Keith and Trace A. in the rain and you guys were awesome and i'd wreck my best black cowgirl hat all over agian... lol. Awesome...
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i loved seeing you guys at Darien Lake
Was there . U both rocked country hard and loud .. Fantastic
ღJust The Girl Next Doo…wants to be your friend!saw u @ the concert in tinnley park a couple weeks ago opening for toby and trace. u were amazing! good luck! love the music!
I just heard your music for the first time last week.. & I wanted to let you know that I really like your style.. I haven't had a chance to hear it all yet.. but I'm loving 'The Letting Go', 'Bring A Blue Sky', & 'Cow-Tipp'n'.
Nancy Ardillo Hi guy's i saw you in atlanta with Toby keith and Trace A. Good work I'm from fredonia live down in atlanta now and i'm so glad i saw your concert in the rain too!!! I'd do it again...
Michelle Ayres Saw you in St.louis, you were great. I like your sound. Have a good day.
♥ amber lynn miller ♥wants to be your friend!hey sean this is amber miller i went to the concert in chicago and i got to see u play for the first time and i love your song cow tippin. hope u wri
LOVE COWTIPPIN......NEED TO HEAR IT ON THE RADIO MAN
Well I'll add a great one myself.... You guys rock! I loved you in VA ;-)
You know, I've been going to tk concerts for a few years, we usually catch him in Vegas, but we stayed closer to home this year and went to the concert in glen helen, ca this year. You and trace rocked it,
you guys ROCK!!! we saw you in MS and LOVED it!! Keep it up!
Vanessa Bailey Mcconnell
We were at your re-do show in Southaven MS and it Rocked, Would have loved to hear that song but I did not care I love all you guys.
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This was an incredible concert......all three bands were amazing. This was my first time to see Toby after 3 years of trying and I loved him (I knew I would). My fifth time to see Trace and I think that he gets better every time--this was his best so far. I also enjoyed Shawn Patrick McGraw. I had not heard of him before last nite but I will be looking on I-tunes today for his music
Tony Campbell dude , You Guys Kick Ass !! Come To Joe's Bar in Chicago, Thats The Place to Play here !!
Nicole Worthem hey man! the show you put on in chicago was awesome :) you'll do big things
Caitlin Bloch saw you in chicago,amazing concert!! hoping you come back soon
Hey Sean!!!! O.M.G. yes we did make it to the show! You were awesome. I just couldn’t get over seeing you on such a big stage. You were totally superb. I brought my friend Pat with me from Chicago. We enjoyed ourselves so much. I could of listened to you play all night. Don’t get me wrong Trace and Toby were good but I went to see you. I loved the songs you played. Kept us on our feet. You were even funny who would of thought!!! L.O.L. heehee!
Michelle Mccauley September 24 at 8:28pm
loved you at the st louis concert with toby and trace you help them put on hell of a show
Rebecca Worley Graham dude you guys are awesome! hope to see you getting a big cma award soon!!ROCK ON!!
Miles McMindes Hey man i saw you up at tinley park you put on a kick ass show!!!!! I have been trying to find a hat like yours you wear, i just can seem to find it any wear??? keep up the good work i am behind ya 100%, o by the way you need to come to indiana so we can do some cowtippin haha
Mary Fosse Bixler September 24 at 1:27pm Report
i saw you in va. bch - u opened for trace adkins & toby - you were great! not bad on the eyes either..............
Jennifer Foster September 23 at 10:49pm
Hi! I saw you at the midwest bank ampitheater on saturday and was blown away! Keep bringin us the awesome music! Peace
Kimberly Hamels You guys absolutely rocked when I saw ya with Toby Keith at Darien Lake. First time I heard you guys play live...Definately wont be my last.
Dasiy MaySherri Welsh
Dasiy Maywants to be your friend!hey i seen u in consert this just pass saturday with toby keith and trace adtkins u were awsome
Top-o-the-mornin' to ya Mr. McGraw,
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your set in Southaven, Mississippi. And BTW, you were already one of my friends on myspace. I am "mickirn"! Gee, can you guess what I do for a living? That's M I C K I, RN. I have been a nurse for 25 years but have not worked since my father died. And the hat you signed for me was his so your autograph is very special. Thanks for signing it and also for giving me one of your last picks. Blue is my favorite.
I will pay you a compliment (an honest one at that), but don't let it go to your head........I enjoyed you better than Toby. I was there strictly for Trace anyway and did not know they had a warm up for him (meaning you). Since you were so good, that was a bonus. The Ford stuff was a drag and I already drive a mustang anyway. There was way too much Ford shit going on for me. I don't understand why he needs to endorse anybody when he made 48 million last year.
I also think it was great that you came out and visited with the audience and did photos and autographs. Really good exposure and about as important as being part of CMA Music Fest. All people/fans want is to feel special and you accomplish that by talking to them, patting them on the back, taking photos and basically not ignoring ANYBODY. If you want to make it in Nashville, there is one cardinal rule........BE NICE. I can say that as I lived the first 40 years of my life in Memphis. Now it's official.....my husband and I reside in the "country". And that is how I came to listen to country music. Ironically, I don't listen to the radio so........had it not been for you warming up for Trace, I'd probably never have heard you.
Please be safe on the road and keep in touch. Would love to know if you are doing any shows in this area. I would gladly pay to hear you and your band again. You and your band are sort of a cross between Bruce Springsteen and Jason Aldean..........go figure.
I added some pics of you in my new "country" album so take a peek and let me know what you think. I also am going to try and add Dime Ain't Worth A Dollar on here too.
Best regards and good luck,
Sep 22, 2009 10:55 PM
Loved the show last week in Southaven, MS...thanks for taking the time for pictures with my sister and I. We had a blast. Cant wait to hear more of your music.
Kenny Barnwell — 4 mutual friends
It was great to hang, on the TK tour!
Jessenia Rodriguez The concert last thursday was amazin! I love your songs esp. Cowtipping and Dollar Aint Worth A Dime!!
Kristi Parks Stam just want to say you have done a great job....and best of luck to you...enjoy..most of us don't get to do what we love
Rosaura Med WHAT A FANTASTIC SOUND YOU HAVE, I HAVE A FEELING U WILL BE HEADLINING SOON. SAW U IN CHICAGO AND LOVED UR TALENT.....
You are amazing!! i saw you in tinley park on Sept 19th, and I am looking foward to getting your cd!!!!
You are great. Really enjoying hte cd
Sep 22, 2009 5:27 PM
saw your show in tinley park this past weekend LOVED IT:)
Kandie O'Connor I saw you perform on Sept. 19 in Chicago. You were awesome!! I love your music!! Keep it coming and I hope to one day to go to one of Your concerts!!
Sean...Thanks for a GREAT show Saturday night in Chicago!!!! You had us all on our feet dancing and singing in the aisles.
Lori Harmison I just saw u at sat sept 19 u were great look fwd 2 getting ur cd
Jeremiah Hoitink Love the CD! I bought one from Steve when I was working over at the store. Hows the ride to stergus?
Sep 22, 2009 8:46 AM
u were awsome at the toby keith concert keep up the good work
Arlenewants to be your friend!I saw you Friday nite at the Toby Keith concert and I loved your music.
Velvetwants to be your friend!Enjoyed you this last Friday night with Trace and Toby at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Earth City, MO! You were AWESOME!!!!!
Cynthia Michelle Rogers
I was just at the concert friday the Toby Keith and Trace Adkins on America’s Toughest Tour, you were great can't wait to here more from you in the future.
It's sad you guys have to end your tour..but your concert on sat. in chicago was amazing!!! had a great time there!!!
In case no one else bothers to let you and the fellas know . . . you were AWESOME! The sound is great and we expect to hear a lot more of you!! By the way, it might seem crazy, but if you and the crew are ever back here in the St Louis area -- and you like delicious home cooking . . . I'm a hell of a cook and there's plenty of room for you, the band and the roadies here at our home. We're only about 20 minutes west from where you were performing and you'd all be more than welcome to stay with us. . . as long as you don't mind a couple of crazy old bikers . . .
Just give me a heads up as to when you'd be coming in, and I'd be glad to make sure the house was set up to accomodate . . . and the fridge like wise.
Keep on smiling!!
Velvet & family
I saw you at the Trace/Toby concert in Maryland heights. I bought your CD and love it!!! Can't wait for you to come out with more stuff!
You guys were great at Wild Bills. Packed House and great music what else could you ask for? Thanks
saw you in Boston, you go great with Eric and the Jager tour..congrats..and thanks for the music!
Concert was awesome at the Troc last night!!!! I can't wait to hear more. anita Workman
Thanks for a great show in Philly!!
You guys were awesome - so glad I got the chance to see this show! Enjoy the rest of the tour!
Feb 15, 2010 6:48 PM
Saw you guy at Northern lights, in Clifton Park NY. Awesome show! you guys keep playin like that and you'll make it BIG for sure
Feb 7, 2010 9:35 AM
You sound great.I will stay up with the schedule and catch you in Nashville for a show! Keep on Singin'
Caught your show at Northern Lights on the 12th ... your music is kick ass.... i enjoyed your set just as much as Eric Church's ... hopefully you will make it back to upstate ny sometime soon, i haven't taken your CD out of my car since i bought it unless its to let a friend listen to it!
Mason A. Hawker
great show you guys put on up in clifton park this past friday
Scott Barrage February 15 at 12:23pm
hey man its scott the marine u meet last nite in philly at the troc hit me up when u get a min to breathe. u were awesome last nite good luck wit the rest of the tour
Tina Seely February 14 at 10:17am
was the Best part of the Night!! so sad that I didn't get to see You sing "Get Your Cowboy On", but at least I got to meet You. Is there a possibility that You would come back to Club Infinity in Williamsville? well have a Fantastic Tour, be safe and I will see you on March 7th. Tina
Kimberly Marie Joy Great job at the falls last night!!! :-)
didn't know who you were before the show last night.... DO NOW!!!! Great show.... you guys kicked some Jager butt in Philly!!!!
I was at Northern Lights last night that was a great show I wish I could have got a pic of you my military buddies up at FT drum love your music as do I great show buddy and Keep it up I have all your music on iTunes on my iPhone and jam out all the time...If you ever feel like giving a shout out to the military let me know thanks
hi sean saw u at northern lights.enjoyed your music.u rock.thanks for taking all the pics with me and my friends.
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Cheryl Seymour February 16 at 2:24pm
Hey Sean..saw you in Boston last night on the Jager Tour. Loved your music! Didn't get to the merch table though. I mean't to!
1. Patti Tib — 1 mutual friend
Saw you in Boston on Feb 15th! Loved your show :).
1. Knoxville was awesome...Thanks for signing my cd....What song is on the radio?
1. ESeavs218: Great concert last week in Boston man! I hope u guys come back north ASAP..you'll have 2 come out drinkin next time and see the real Boston
1. Patti Tib February 21 at 10:26pm
I saw you in Boston on 2/15. Really really really liked your show! :) Anyway I was checking out itunes to see what you had on there and much to my surprise - there are 4/5 albums?
Sooooooo where would you recommend I start? I only have enough money on there right now for 1 CD/Album......where to begin?
Patti - Massachusetts :)
1. - Philadelphia @
- Sun, Feb 14, 2010 @
Opening act(s): Sean Patrick McGraw, and NO JOSH THOMPSON:( @
Very good show! Actually, I was quite impressed! I loved how much energy and passion he had- such a good time! Got stuck next to the speakers, so my ears are ringing a bit today but overall I would love to see Eric again.
The opening acts were really good too. But what happened to Josh Thompson? He was MIA.
- Philadelphia @
- Sun, Feb 14, 2010 @
Opening act(s): Sean Patrick McGraw, and NO JOSH THOMPSON:(
Favorite moment: Eric Church stopped in between his last two songs and actually talked to the crowd. @
1. Opening act(s): Sean Patrick Mcgraw- He was high energy & fit right in with the Church crowd.
This concert rocked!
1. The Rapids Theatre @
- Niagara Falls @
- Sat, Feb 13, 2010 @
Josh Thompson and Eric Church were amazing - the opening band too. Loved the venue, great place for a party. All performers did a great job of getting the fans into it - the Jager and beers helped. Thought the sound mixing for Thompson was better than for Church, some of the vocals got drowned out, but no big deal since I know his songs better anyway.
Opening act(s): Josh Thopson didn't play, but his replacement band was very good.
Eric Church was amazing.
1. The Rapids Theatre @
- Niagara Falls @
- Sat, Feb 13, 2010 @
Best show I've ever seen! Loved Eric Church, played soo many songs. Opening act was really good, and Josh Thompson was great.
Setlist: Eric Church needs to play "You Make It Look So Easy" @
Opening act(s): Sean Patrick McGraw ROCKED!!! He was better than Josh Thompson. Josh was very boring except for Beer On The Table.
Helluva Good Time!
1. The Rapids Theatre @
- Niagara Falls @
- Sat, Feb 13, 2010 @
Favorite moment: as long as they were playing it was all my favorite! @
Location: Newfane, NY
What a freaking awesome concert! got a little rocky start but wasn't due to performers...Didn"t like the fact that we got conflicting info from the Rapids regarding the doors opening time-a lot of us were there at 5:30pm waiting for doors to open and freezing our butts off. also got moved around from one line to another by security staff who obviously don't communicate with each other. (They could have made a killing on alcohol sales if we could have gone in earlier!) In the end we got in and had a great time. Sean Patrick Mcgraw was really rockin' it- glad to see WNY boys up there. Josh Thompson was phenominal. What a really nice guy, down to earth, signed CD covers and took pictures with us. Eric Church was spectacular. Bonus oncore !! Loved the whole concert. Great Music stage, lighting and sound. Loved the bar-needed a few more Bartenders though. Drinks were a little pricey- was hoping with Jagermeister it would have been a little cheaper. Good variety of alcohol available. The Jager Ladies did a very nice job passing out bling and stuff. Lots of concert posters for everyone. Crowd was for the most part pleasant and courteous to one another. Bathrooms were pretty clean throughout. Very interesting venue. Would definately go back again and bring more friends. Met a bunch of cool people from all over-Gannon Guys from West Virginia, Cowboy hat (first one there!) and his posse, national guard and his girlfriend, Ohio couple...excellent crowd! whoo hoo baby!
5 stars for a reason.
1. Northern Lights @
- Clifton Park @
- Fri, Feb 12, 2010 @
Favorite moment: The whole place singing 'I love your love the most'. @
Great show, sound was good, the place was packed and the energy was awesome. Josh Thompson signed CD's and took pictures with fans after the show, the openers were awesome, even the MC was entertaining. Not a dull moment even after waiting in the cold.
Northern Lights @
- Clifton Park @
- Fri, Feb 12, 2010 @
Favorite moment: The whole place singing 'I love your love the most'.
Josh Thompson and Eric Church were Amazing!
1. Northern Lights @
- Clifton Park @
- Fri, Feb 12, 2010 @
Favorite moment: When Eric Church came back on stage for an encore! @
Opening act(s): Rick Monroe, who was incredible. @
Location: Greenfield Center
The concert was the best concert by far that I have ever been to. I was second "row" and I have never been to a concert where the performers have been so great.
Northern Lights @
- Clifton Park @
- Fri, Feb 12, 2010 @
Favorite moment: When Eric Church came back on stage for an encore! @
Opening act(s): Rick Monroe, who was incredible.
Feb 21, 2010 6:57 PM
1. Hey! I saw you on Friday night! You guys looked great! But you never got your shot of Jager? You are the first new country singer I've seen in concert! That was amazing! I was right up front too! I thought it was amazing you asked people to be your friend, but I already am! Have a great night, good luck on the tour!!!!
Feb 20, 2010 2:48 PM
1. Damn! I'd have sworn that Wild Bill's couldn't be sold out so I figured I'd just get a ticket at the door tonight. Guess I'll have to catch you play some other time. Heard from a buddy in Knoxville that the show last night was really good though...he sent me a pic of you playing.
hey there ! i left comment on you jager tour album saying how great the concert was in philly. i just found out im going to baltimore tonight and i can't wait to see yall play again!!!! i have been listening to the album all week and now i can sing along! can't wait have a great show tonight
Feb 21, 2010 11:35 PM
HEY THE CONCERT LAST FRIDAY NIGHT WAS AWESOME!!! U GUYS ARE GREAT. :D
Glad you liked your Philly crowd, we sure Loved You and how you Country Rocked the House!!!!!!!!!!!
1. Aaron Kesselring Hey man had a good time at wild bills good show and fun partying with yall
From the Press
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--A party vibe ruled the evening with hard-driving opening sets from promising newcomer Sean Patrick...--A party vibe ruled the evening with hard-driving opening sets from promising newcomer Sean Patrick McGraw and seasoned hitmaker Trace Adkins.
--THE SURPRISES: Adkins and Keith delivered as expected; the real surprise was the strong opening set from Sean Patrick McGraw. Most of those in attendance had probably never heard of him before Saturday, but he won over many with his great songs and even greater stage presence
--The greatest undiscovered talent in Country Music. That's all
-- Claude Camacho, Dagwood Radio
--Such an Amazing Voice, This guy could go far"
--Eleanore Rees, MAVERICK
--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
-John Hood, BLINK
—The classiest country rocker I’ve heard all year. Everything works here—the kick-butt tempo, the personable lead vocal, the squeeze-box and electric guitar solos, the little yodel touch, the perfect production and the solid songwriting. Count me in.
--Robert K Oermann, Music row
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.
--McGraw is a lyricist first. His ability to transfer words to sound naturally, combines with a powerful hook to make "Undone" a natural hit.
-Ken Diardis, Rradio.com
I love your "Songs For Saturday Night" CD so much I'm going to
feature it on the FRONT PAGE of CD Baby for a few days.
We're REALLY picky about what goes on the front page. We get about 75 new albums a DAY coming in here now, (about 30,000 total), and yours is one of the best I've ever heard.
OUR REVIEW (feel free to quote it anywhere!)
Sean Patrick McGraw's release, "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.
When quoting the review, please just credit it to, "CD Baby", because sometimes the review is written by Tamara Turner, sometimes Pamela Rooney, sometimes me.
-Derek Sivers CDBaby.com
Missing a Stage, Gaining a McGraw
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Stagecoach 2009: Missing a stage, gaining a McGraw 04:31 PM PT, Apr 25 2009 One of the f...
Stagecoach 2009: Missing a stage, gaining a McGraw
04:31 PM PT, Apr 25 2009
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.
McGraw makes CMT Debut, opens for Toby Keith
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Sean Patrick McGraw's last name is no doubt familiar to country fans, but if he has his way, his mus...Sean Patrick McGraw's last name is no doubt familiar to country fans, but if he has his way, his music will soon clearly distinguish him in country-music circles.
In spite of the fact that the New York native, along with his band, has logged more than a million miles, the seasoned artist is still considered a newcomer on the national country circuit. However, these days he's making faster career progress than ever, thanks to the fact he's now signed with Little Engine Records, yielding some airplay on country radio and currently celebrating the debut of his new video for “Dollar Ain’t Worth A Dime” on Country Music Television.
The clip was unveiled on CMT on May 15, and the tune, which was written a little more than a year ago, the Nashville-based McGraw has said, still carries a timely message in today's economic climate.
Sean Patrick McGraw garners critical acclaim
In his own view, the singer-songwriter describes his sound as "something like Lyle Lovett singing Springsteen songs while wearing Dwight Yoakam's hat." And following the 2005 release of his critically acclaimed CD dubbed Songs for Saturday Night, he hit the road nonstop to take his music to country fans where they live, and in the process, he's managed to earn respect among his fellow songwriters as well.
As evidence, his song titled "Fiona," which is about a heart-breaker of a gal, won top honors at last year's Independent Music Awards, first place at the American Songwriting Competition and at the Mountain Stages New Song Festival, as well as being named finalist in the International Songwriting Competition and the Mid Atlantic Song Competition.
Hailed by one esteemed Music Row critic/columnist hailed as "the classiest country rocker I've heard all year," the "Fiona" track, along with other cuts from McGraw's Songs For Saturday Night release, are featured in the short-length documentary titled Ten Days on Tour, which aired on CMT in 2006.
Nashville-based singer-songwriter lands opening slots on Toby Keith's tour
More recently, the one-time Nashville Star semifinalist has scored a stint as the opening act for country superstar Toby Keith on his America’s Toughest Tour. In particular, McGraw will open Keith's shows on June 20 in Indianapolis, ind.; June 26 in Tampa, Fla.; June 27 in West Palm Beach, Fla.; and June 28 in Jacksonville, Fla.
But don't expect McGraw to be one of those openers that country fans don't mind missing, for his live show's garnered acclaim from hard-to-impress critics, including the Los Angeles Times, who wrote that his recent Stagecoach performance delivered "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.”
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Jagermeister Country Tour brings Sean Patrick McGraw, Eric Church to town Feb. 25 February 24, 5:1...Jagermeister Country Tour brings Sean Patrick McGraw, Eric Church to town Feb. 25
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Sean Patrick McGraw is set to release a new album
later this year. (Photo courtesy of Wortman Works)Country music's Sean Patrick McGraw will unleash his “zietgeisty brand of country-rock” at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon on Thursday, Feb. 25, when he sets the musical pace for headliner Eric Church on the Jagermeister Country Tour.
Last year was a highly successful one for the New York-born, Nashville-based McGraw, who hit the road with Toby Keith and Trace Adkins, playing 25-plus shows on the America’s Toughest Tour.
Once hailed as one of the hardest-working unsigned touring acts in the U.S., McGraw is now signed to Little Engine Records, with plans to release a new album this year.
Not long ago, he made a rare hometown performance stop when he headlined at Nashville's Hard Rock Cafe, but for those who missed out, Thursday's concert is a prime opportunity to see the hard-driving singer-songwriter deliver a set that's destined to please, including his 2009's “Dollar Ain’t Worth A Dime" single, which proves timely in today’s economical climate.
This scribe's made it no secret that Sean Patrick's one of her favorite new artists; thus, for those who like their country that goes a bit off the beaten path as it were, the Steve Earle-meets-Dwight Yoakam-inspired performer is worth investigating.
McGraw Gains National Exposure
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Country musician Sean Patrick McGraw gaining national exposureBy Don Rhodes Columnist Wednesday, ...Country musician Sean Patrick McGraw gaining national exposureBy Don Rhodes
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010
Sean Patrick McGraw was born and reared in western New York, but last week he was ready to head for the Deep South.
"I've been at my mom's house at Dunkirk (near Buffalo, N.Y.), and I've been trying to dig my SUV out of the snow," he said in a telephone interview. "I live in Nashville, and last week they closed the schools because they had an inch of snow.
"Here, I've seen white-outs the snow was so heavy, and still the school buses are running."
McGraw (no kin to Tim) performs at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at The Country Club on Washington Road. Tickets are $5 for men, $3 for women. Doors open at 7 p.m.
McGraw and his band recently made their national TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live and served as the opening act on the "America's Toughest" tour featuring Toby Keith and Trace Adkins. They recently performed on the main stage at the massive Stagecoach country music festival near Palm Springs, Calif.
"We thought we were going to be the entertainment in the beer tent, but there we were opening for Kid Rock, Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley.
"We came off stage bouncing off the ceiling with excitement because it had gone so great, and we went in this tent and there was (bluegrass performer) Doyle Lawson and his great Quicksilver band. He was blowing me away. I told my band that he so much more deserved to be on that main stage than us."
Like many entertainers, McGraw has worked a variety of jobs, ranging from asbestos remover to bartender at the 1996 wedding of Wynonna Judd to her first husband, Arch Kelley III.
"I worked briefly as a bartender for Naomi Judd's Nashville restaurant, Trilogy," McGraw said, "and ended up bartending at Wynonna's first wedding. I was a pretty lousy bartender. They let me go by saying, 'We don't have any shifts for you.' "
For three years, McGraw played in Steve Holy's band.
"I was with him during his lean times after his hit Good Morning, Beautiful came off the charts, but I had to leave right before he hit big again with (I've Got a) Brand New Girlfriend .
"I was being featured in a CMT cable television series called Ten Days on Tour and was having to spend time away from working with Steve to be on that show. So I had to quit Steve's band."
McGraw is working on an independent CD, Must Be Living Right, tentatively set for release in late spring. Learn more at seanpatrickmcgraw.com.
Jager Country Tour at Joe's Bar, Chicago
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The 2010 Jagermeister Tour pulled into Joe's Bar on Weed Street and bought some fun and warm weather...The 2010 Jagermeister Tour pulled into Joe's Bar on Weed Street and bought some fun and warm weather with them. On an odd February night in Chicago it was 40 degrees which to those who live around the city it was like a nice spring evening when short sleeve shirts and shorts become the norm. Inside Joe's it was even hotter as Sean Patrick McGraw, Josh Thompson and Eric Church kept the sold out crowd singing and dancing. Ed Warm and his crew at Joe's continue to prove why they are a major stop on the road for many of country music's finest artists. Continue to keep an eye on the schedule as they continue to add more shows to their calendar at www.joesbar.com The bar was taken over by Jager for the night. With a giant windsock out front, posters covering every wall and the Jager girls; Joe's Bar become the Jager Lounge for the evening. The night began as host Rick Monroe took the stage. Rick who is also and singer/songwriter, raised a shot of Jager and toasted the crowd. "I will be your host for the evening as well as playing some acoustic sets between tonight's acts," said Monroe. As he announced the line-up for the evening the crowd was excited for the show to begin.
Sean Patrick McGraw - The rough and gritty singer took over the stage at 7:30pm and the show was off and running. Sean had just come off the Trace Adkins/Toby Keith tour as the opening act. If you have seen him before, you may want to check him out again. As he has explained that they don't use a set list and every show is different because they wing it. Not only do they wing it, but they bring it and throw it down. The drums and the driving beat of the bass lead the show off with, "Long Way From Slowing Down." As the cheers die down, McGraw says, "first things first, my name is Sean Patrick McGraw and this is my friend Jager," as he toasts the audience and dives back into the music with his hit, "Dollar Ain't Worth A Dime." Quickly he adds, "this next is for ya'll. It's about hooking up, drinking and smoking weed," with a little twang we found ourselves doing some "Cowtippin'" with Sean and the band. "I have some cd's in the back for sale, it that's not doing it for you I have t-shirts," laughs Sean. He rounded out the set with "Rockstar" and "My So Called Life." Once again proving why he deserves to be on tour with acts like Keith, Adkins and Church. McGraw is a hard working, true blooded redneck and makes no apologies for who and what he is.
Songs For saturday Night Review
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McGraw’s latest release is the stuff of pop-country hit making. His songwriting is as good as anythi...McGraw’s latest release is the stuff of pop-country hit making. His songwriting is as good as anything else coming out of Nashville right now. McGraw’s had little tastes at success, songs in movies, performed at the Grand Old Opry and has made fans throughout the nation, but he’s still waiting for that big break. Songs for Saturday Night should be just that opportunity. This is an incredibly professional
album, with top-quality production and great instrumentation. McGraw’s writing and voice sound great.
From Rochester NY City News
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"McGraw has penned tunes hrough various publishing houses for mainstream artists...but as is often t..."McGraw has penned tunes hrough various publishing houses for mainstream artists...but as is often the case the songs sound a helluva lot better coming out of the mouth that wrote them....his music is tempered with easy hooks and lyrics more important than the genre they threaten to bust open.
It's country in it's honesty and it's earth, but moreover it's just good
music you should hear"
Frank Deblase 02/05
Rochester City News
McGraw Stands Tall w/ Toby and Trace
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Sean Patrick McGraw may have a familiar last name, but he's no relation to Tim. He is, however, hang...Sean Patrick McGraw may have a familiar last name, but he's no relation to Tim. He is, however, hanging with another of country's big dogs -- Toby Keith. Sean is the opening act on Toby's tour with Trace Adkins, a journey that will end on Sept. 19 in Illinois, but for the Fredonia N.Y. native, it's been a great ride. But how have two of country's most notorious tough guys treated him?
"They've been absolutely wonderful and so gracious," Sean tells The Boot. "They've got to be nice to me. They're both about three feet taller than I am. [laughs] They could crush me if they wanted to."
Sean, who was a 'Nashville Star' semi-finalist in 2005, adds that no one has helped him more in his career at the moment than Toby, and taking him along on the America's Toughest tour has been a "huge boost."
While he's not exactly a newcomer to Music City ("My expiration date passed up a long time ago in Nashville," he jokes), Sean's inclusion on the tour has introduced him to a much wider audience. It's also taught him that great advice can come from everywhere, not just fellow artists.
"Toby's stage manager has taught me about everything he could possibly teach me," he says. "I didn't think I was very green when I came out here, but he pretty much let me know how green I was when we started this. The best advice was: 'You'll never be a star if you don't present yourself as a star. You must use a balance of humility and just own it.' Sometimes I think it's kind of hard to figure out how you do that. I'm humble but I have to be confident and walk out on stage like I belong here."
Sean will follow up his single, 'Dollar Ain't Worth a Dime' with a full album, which he expects to release by the end of the year.
Venue Specific. At festivals we play mostly original material,including our new single MY SO CALLED LIFE, peppered with a few classic rock and country songs. At clubs we can fill the nigtht with great originals and covers.
Our covers list typically includes:
JUST GOT STARTED LOVIN’ YOU
Todd Snider/Mark Chesnutt
I'M FROM THE COUNTRY
HOW BOUT YOU?
GUYS LIKE ME
ON AGAIN TONIGHT
LIFE IS A HIGHWAY
Tom Cochrane (Rascal Flatts)
BORN TO RIDE A COWBOY
(“Born To Be Wild” sung over “Save a Horse")
I AIN’T EVER SATISFIED
FISHIN IN THE DARK
SOMEBODY LIKE YOU
YOU LOOK GOOD IN MY SHIRT
RIGHT WHERE I NEED TO BE
FAT BOTTOM GIRLS
WHAT WAS I THINKIN
COME A LITTLE CLOSER
FREE AND EASY DOWN THE ROAD I GO
THE BREEZE REDNECK WOMAN
Lynyrd Skynyrd/Gretchen Wilson
HONKY TONK WOMEN
SHARP DRESSED MAN
I THANK YOU
RING OF FIRE
FOLSOM PRISON BLUES
HOW HIGH’S THE WATER
LET’S GET IT ON
I LIKE IT LOVE IT
DOWN ON THE FARM
THE JOKER/FLY/BEV HILLS/GIN AND JUICE
Steve Miller/Sugar Ray/Snoop Dogg
DUST ON THE BOTTLE
David Lee Murphy
GET DRUNK AND BE SOMEBODY
LIL LESS TALK
BEER FOR MY HORSES
YOU SHOOK ME
HIGHWAY TO HELL
BACK IN BLACK
Guns n Roses
WHISKEY BENT AND HELL BOUND
LIVIN’ IN FAST FORWARD
BLAME IT ON YOUR HEART
YOU DON’T KNOW HOW IT FEELS
I’M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY
MOVE IT ON OVER
HEY GOOD LOOKIN’
YOU NEVER EVEN CALL ME BY MY NAME
David Alan Coe
WHY DON’T WE GET DRUNK
TEQUILA MAKES HER CLOTHES FALL OFF
IF THE HOUSE IS ROCKIN’
AIN’T NUTHIN’ BOUT YOU
CAN'T TAKE THE HONKY TONK OUTTA THE GIRL
BOOT SCOOT BOOGIE/CRAZY OVER YOU
Brooks & Dunn
HONKY TONK MAN
FAST AS YOU
TONIGHT THE BOTTLE LET ME DOWN
SAY IT’S NOT YOU
WHY BABY WHY
GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES
SHE THINKS I STILL CARE
I ALWAYS GET LUCKY WITH YOU
THE RACE IS ON
MY HEART SKIPS A BEAT
MAMA’S DON’T LET YER BABY’S GROW UP TO BE COWBOYS
RAINY DAY WOMAN
FOURTH OF JULY
LYING HERE WITH LINDA ON MY MIND
DOES MY RING BURN YER FINGER?
GONE TO MEMPHIS
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