The Connection

The Connection

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandRockAmericana

The feel of the first kiss, the taste of the first beer, the hope of the first victory. The Connection uses its Americana/ Rock roots to create an emotional listening experience that will capture your heart and soul, or at the very least make you tap your feet and dance your pants off!

Biography

The Connection was formed in 2010 by Mike Wright Brady, a.k.a. "Onion" drummer from the late 1990's power pop indie band HUMMMR, along with producer/ musician Christian James Hand also from HUMMMR.

Together, they have drawn from influences such as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Phil Collins, The Beatles, The Jam, Jimmy Eat World, Third Eye Blind, Goo Goo Dolls, The Who, and Oasis, among others. When asked what The Connection sounds like, Onion responded, "Imagine taking the best parts of all your favorite songs, from all your favorite bands, and compiling them together. That's what I hope The Connection is for you and me. I want to make the records that are missing from my collection. I think I stole that from Bruce, but I like it!"

The Connection went into the studio in late 2010 to work on their soon to be released debut record. It is a collection of songs 10 years in the making. Right around the same time Onion and Christian enlisted the help of fellow musicians and friends to form the band. Their hopeful, yet, frantic storytelling is delivered with power and passion to create a live show that people can't help but "connect" with.

Lyrics

Wagon Wheel

Written By: Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor

Headed down south to the land of the pines
And I'm thumbin' my way into North Caroline
Starin' up the road
Pray to God I see headlights

I made it down the coast in seventeen hours
Pickin' me a bouquet of dogwood flowers
And I'm a hopin' for Raleigh
I can see my baby tonight

So rock me mama like a wagon wheel
Rock me mama anyway you feel
Hey mama rock me
Rock me mama like the wind and the rain
Rock me mama like a south-bound train
Hey mama rock me

Runnin' from the cold up in New England
I was born to be a fiddler in an old-time stringband
My baby plays the guitar
I pick a banjo now
Oh, the North country winters keep a gettin' me now
Lost my money playin' poker so I had to up and leave
But I ain't a turnin' back
To livin' that old life no more

So rock me mama like a wagon wheel
Rock me mama anyway you feel
Hey mama rock me
Rock me mama like the wind and the rain
Rock me mama like a south-bound train
Hey mama rock me

Walkin' to the south out of Roanoke
I caught a trucker out of Philly
Had a nice long toke
But he's a headed west from the Cumberland Gap
To Johnson City, Tennessee

And I gotta get a move on before the sun
I hear my baby callin' my name
And I know that she's the only one
And if I die in Raleigh
At least I will die free

So rock me mama like a wagon wheel
Rock me mama anyway you feel
Hey mama rock me
Rock me mama like the wind and the rain
Rock me mama like a south-bound train
Hey mama rock me

Discography

Introducing The Connection (Winter 2012)

Set List

'59 Sound (Cover- Gaslight Anthem)
Badlands (Cover- Bruce Springsteen)
Dance the Night Away (Original)
Peace, Love, and Understanding (Cover- Elvis Costello)
In My Head (Original)
Runaway Hide (Original)
American Girl (Cover- Tom Petty)
Broken Heart (Original)
Wagon Wheel (Cover- Old Crow Medicine Show)
Alyson (Original)
Tenth Avenue Freeze Out (Cover- Bruce Springsteen)