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Saturday, 13 March, 2010 1:53 AM

Sean Patrick McGraw to perform at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on March 20

Photo credit: www.examiner.com

New country artist Sean Patrick McGraw

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

ROYAL OAK, Mich. -- Last-minute additions are nothing new to Sean Patrick McGraw. He was added to the line-up for the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California last year. McGraw will join Eric Church and Josh Thompson for a performance at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on March 20.

He is a new country singer on Little Engine Records. McGraw made his national debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live during the summer of 2009. He was also a semi-finalist on TV's Nashville Star. Last year, McGraw opened up for Toby Keith and Trace Adkins on America's Toughest Tour. The new country singer says his musical influences are Dwight Yoakam, Steve Earle, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley.

"It would have been better being a finalist and a winner, but I'll take what I can get," McGraw said about his experience on the Nashville Star competition.

He is hitting the road hard. The new country singer played 140 concerts in 2007 and over 160 dates in 2009.

"It's just been getting worse or better depending on how you look at it," McGraw said. "We have really good work ethics in my band. You don't get to the top by sitting around waiting for it. I like to get out there and play and get a wider audience. We'll all about being on the road."

His new album is Long Way From Slowin' Down and it was released on Nov. 11, 2008.

"My favorite song is probably 'What I Do,' it's a ballad," he said. "Artistically, I think it's one of my best songs. 'Cow Tippin' has been a real crowd pleaser. Audiences seem to love that wherever we go. To write the songs, it took a while. I might have took two or three years to get the songs together. Recording it, I did about half of it in a day. I was pretty quick about that. I don't waste a whole lot of time in the studio, but sometimes it can take me a while to collect all the songs that I think are right for the record."

McGraw said he is already hard at work on his sixth album.

"I've released five independently and I'm always working on new material," the new country singer said. "I don't write everyday, but I write whenever the inspiration hits if its 2 o'clock in the morning or middle of the day. I will just set aside what I'm doing and write a song. I guess I got enough material lined up to do another record when we get around to it."

What's the story behind your current single "Dollar Ain't Worth a Dime"?

"We were really hitting the road hard summer before last and when gas was almost $5 a gallon, we were making trips out west," he said. "I'd come back from going from Nashville to Montana and back and have absolutely no money after paying for my gas. I was getting together with my co-writer on that song, David Kroll, and he was asking how things were going on the road. Dude, if things don't change, I'll start robbin banks to support this playing in a band habit. We started talking about it. It would be cool to write a song like Steve Earle would right about and try going on a crime spree."

McGraw has been touring the country with Eric Church and Josh Thompson on the Jagermeister Country Tour.

"It's been going awesome, we've had sell-out shows everywhere we went," the new country singer said. "I don't think there's a night we went out yet that hasn't been a sold-out crowd. It's been awesome playing for full houses. Eric's audiences really cozied up to my fans. It's been great."

He will perform along with Church and Thompson at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on March 20.

"For us, it's a pretty short set," McGraw said. "We do 20 to 25 minutes, but it's all high energy. We don't do anything that isn't fast, uptempo and below the belt. We rock really hard. I think we are a good set-up band for Josh Thompson and Eric."

The new country singer said this will be his second time performing in the metro Detroit area.

"We did an afterparty for the Detroit Hoedown two years ago," he said. "We have played in the area before. I don't think we came that close. We toured with Toby Keith last year. I don't think we were as close to Detroit. We played Kalamazoo and other areas of Michigan before."

Where do you expect to be in the next 10 years?

"We'd really like to have a song on the charts and be actually touring on a tour bus as supposed to doing it on a van," McGraw responded. "At least we can accomplish that. If it ends up we can have a hit song on the radio and start headlining, that would be awesome."

What would be your advice to students who are graduating in music and looking to break into the business?

"I would say get a back up career, get good on a computer, that's what my advice would be."

For more information, visit www.seanpatrickmcgraw.com or visit his MySpace page.

 

CD cover courtesy of Little Engine Records

Sean Patrick McGraw's latest album, Long Way From Slowin' Down, was released on Nov. 11, 2008.

 

 

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