George McConnell Downloads

George McConnell Launches "Virtual 45" Download Series
Former Widespread Panic, Beanland guitarist to release new material
exclusively via digital download singles (with the B-side!)

George McConnell
Guitarist George McConnell has been playing guitar since the age of fifteen. He learned the ways of the world under the tutelage of Lulu — Mississippi's first black female beer-truck driver. At the tender age of ten, McConnell traveled the back roads of Mississippi with Lulu, delivering delicious Falstaff beer to patrons of juke joints, honky tonks and pool halls across the Delta.

The beer warehouse served as a practice space for one of the employee's bands, Little Red and the Reversibles, and the young McConnell would sneak in after hours to play guitar through the band's equipment, leading him to the precipice of music's slippery slope. Since then, he's played lead guitar with a trio of bands and operated a vintage guitar store. All the time, he was writing songs.

McConnell is debuting his new batch of tunes exclusively via digital download on his new website, As a throwback to his early days of discovering new music, he's releasing the songs in a "Virtual 45" format, with the songs available only as a pair — just like the "A-side" and "B-side" of a 45 RPM single.

"I'd go to the record store to buy one song," McConnell explains, "and you would also get the song on the other side, the B-side. And a lot of times it was better! With the music industry changing and the emphasis seemingly going back to the single in this digital age, I wanted to bring back that fun I had in discovering a B-side."

The first two releases of McConnell's Virtual 45 Series will be the rip-roaring rocker "Goodbye, So Long" and the soulful, swinging "In Walked You" and "Hollywood Babylon/Feel No Pain." Both "45s" will be released on November 4, 2008 (today), exclusively at

The first of many "Virtual 45s" to come in the following weeks, these releases mark the culmination of a lifetime of beer trucks and jukeboxes.

[Published on: 11/4/08]

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canoftunapudding Tue 11/4/2008 08:20AM
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I met george in Charleston a few years back. Hell of a nice guy

tbourke Tue 11/4/2008 08:43AM
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NittyGritty starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/4/2008 08:44AM
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Awesome, thanks George. Looking forward to seeing your show at Larry's this Friday in Oxford. Keep rockin!

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/4/2008 08:46AM
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bwakerwsp Tue 11/4/2008 09:06AM
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HEY - tbourke - Get off of GMAC already he carried WSP for two years, although not what Panic needed he is a great guy and a great guitar player just not for panic...Its really great to see George back at it.

floridasucks Tue 11/4/2008 09:16AM
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GMC ia a hell of a nice guy. Damn fine guitar player.My dog really liked him. Good luck with the new endeavor.

Bowlegged Texan Tue 11/4/2008 09:20AM
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Bowlegged Texan

George isn't Jimmy, George isn't Mikey. George is George.

Coconut Phil star Tue 11/4/2008 09:36AM
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Coconut Phil

I'm curious about the music, not downloading any protected files, no way. George jams, love the stuff with WP.

ashellen Tue 11/4/2008 09:39AM
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I agree that GMAC is a good player and did a good job carring panic for the two or so years. (I also think Jimmy is a better fit) How can any bash a guy that has a can of high life in his picture.

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he had some great moments with WSP.

4-20-05 was great. GMAC found the DARK SIDE on barstools and what can I say.

he did the right thing :)

ozarkkeegan Tue 11/4/2008 09:47AM
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George is always so funky on "stop breaking down"

phish728 Tue 11/4/2008 09:49AM
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i dont know yo.. Jimmy may be a nasty guitarist, the shows in NYC in April were the first i saw of and he threw it down, I was just in New Orleans and that was one helluva time but neither jimmy nor george will be "one" with panic like Mikey was. and i know thats an irrelevant and moot point anyway, but i think Jimmy lacks finesse and soul in his playing. George did have some great songs i wish were still in the line up, Trouble and Doreatha are siiick

Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/4/2008 10:54AM
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I always loved how Panic would play acoustic sets with George. Uber Cobra is a great disc.

mikemac9317 Tue 11/4/2008 11:02AM
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I always thought he was a good guitar player and still is. I also thought that it was really shitty that fans would bash him because he wasn't Mikey. He wasn't trying to be. Everyone wanted Jimmy, and now they have him, and now they are bitching about Jimmy because he jams too fast. WTF?

nsafay Tue 11/4/2008 11:03AM
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Touble is still in the line up. I miss, "I Like The Things About Me." Been to 74 Panic shows and thought George did great except for a few songs in the beginning of him taking the lead. Then, for some reason, in 2007 he sounded like he wanted to take his sound with the band somewhere else (which I thought was a horrible fit). Personally, I thought 2005 was a great year for for George w/ Panic. From the first shows in ATL after the hiatus, that awesome Bonnaroo, the Red Rocks shows, espicially the last two nights of summer tour in Portsmouth, a fun time in Vegoose and some electrifying shit during the New Year's run. Glad to see ya back in the mix of things George!

nsafay Tue 11/4/2008 12:53PM
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Sorry, I meant to say 2006 when I said 2007. Also, notice the High Life can George is sippin on there in the picture!

phish728 Tue 11/4/2008 01:19PM
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your right about trouble, was thinkin goerge sang that for some reason, great song. Either way, george/jimmy/mikey and everyone else in panic or thats played with panic is the tits. They know how to throw a freegin party thats for sure.

oysteria starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/4/2008 01:40PM
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jimmy do be playin' too fast sometimes. I guess the whole band does. But he is still a genius. Imitation leather shoes should be a big medium paced groove. sometimes its a little cracked out. They need to switch up the tempos more often. ala the fast They love Each Other from 74 or the funky Me and My uncle from 78. The picture looks like George went through a little trey-esque detoxing. I bet hes got some good songs written through the years.

oysteria starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/4/2008 01:42PM
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PickinKind Tue 11/4/2008 01:46PM
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i was fortunate to catch george's last show with panic at the fox theatre in stl. still to this day my second favorite panic show ever. of course a mikey show got the first spot on that list. but i heard so many spreadheads complain about george when i thought, yeah, sure hes different but damn hes dirty and i love it. george is doin his thing, rock on man

Recreational Chemist Tue 11/4/2008 02:07PM
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Recreational Chemist

yea, trey esque detoxing with a can of high life by his side

Kaleidoscope Eyes Tue 11/4/2008 02:16PM
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Glad George is doing OK, He is a nice guy I will give him that

Glad George is NOT with Panic, He had no real grasp of exploration, more of a Rock guitar player 3 and a half to 5 minute songs Max.

I think it was a downward slide from the start of '06 for him and the band. I t looked like JK surprised him being onstage that night at the Fox and it probably made him upset and unenthused to play too much

oysteria starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/4/2008 02:27PM
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seancgard Tue 11/4/2008 03:43PM
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I agree that Uber Cobra is an awesome acoustic disc. 11/01/03 MSG was an absolute amazing show w/ George. Jimmy isn't perfect but he seems to inspire the rest of the band more than George and no one would ever accuse him of not "leading".

seancgard Tue 11/4/2008 03:44PM
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Oh and George can really sing.

funkis star Tue 11/4/2008 04:15PM
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futhepharmer Tue 11/4/2008 04:40PM
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Kaleidoscope Eyes Tue 11/4/2008 04:59PM
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Do you have tin ears???

George is a good guy, thats it!!!!

Step up???

Do you like guitar???


burntownballer starstarstarstar Tue 11/4/2008 05:05PM
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dmbfan21 starstarstarstarstar Tue 11/4/2008 05:48PM
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hey one has more soul than derek trucks

Sixmilliondollarman Tue 11/4/2008 06:03PM
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Fook Ticketmaster and Ticket Now and Stub Hub and all the dirty 'lil scum ticket scalpers. Thats it. Thanks.

Kaleidoscope Eyes Tue 11/4/2008 06:08PM
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I think Panic wrote Goodpeople about all the peeps on this thread

And George too

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Dire46daysWolf Tue 11/4/2008 10:14PM
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can't wait to see george on friday at proud larry's. that is after STS9 on wednesday...have to love Oxford.

Kaleidoscope Eyes Tue 11/4/2008 10:40PM
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Coconut Phil

this stuff sucks, I'll pass on all this. Best of luck to you George. I still love all the 2005 shows with WP.

Flat5 starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/5/2008 09:53AM
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This is a really cool idea and it's great to see George back at it!

Flat5 Wed 11/5/2008 09:58AM
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Feel No Pain! haha awesome song

Flat5 Wed 11/5/2008 04:40PM
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damn bdouglas, well said bro. i watched jimmy online for the halloween show and his playing gets old after a while, although hes a great player and with some more challenging chords/songs he can be really entertaining.

aaronjl1 Wed 11/5/2008 06:43PM
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Falstaff beer - bring that shit back!

PrinceofDANKNESS Wed 11/5/2008 07:37PM
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Most finesse and soul on the scene easily DEREK TRUCKS --- enough said

Kaleidoscope Eyes Thu 11/6/2008 04:05AM
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NORTH OXFORD Thu 11/6/2008 05:12AM
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From Beanland to Panic and those crazy nights back in Oxford at Shotgun Willy's with the Kudzu Kings George brings a good time with good tunes and cold beer. He plays music because that is what he loves to do. Go get 'em George glad to see you back!

phish728 Thu 11/6/2008 11:55AM
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bdouglas, completely agree, my first jimmy shows were great cause it was something new and it caught my attention but after seeing a few shows since then its become uninteresting. Jams should have ups and downs, fast parts and slow parts, soul and finesse is key to envoke emotions to the listner. While Jimmy rips, its true that it sounds like guitar on crack at times. If you haven't read Page McConnel's senior thesis do yourself a favor and read it, cause any musician or anyone that strives to live in the moment will relate. Jimmy has skills but needs to take a page from pages thesis (no pun intended). furthermore, i also agree that Dtrucks is one of the sickest and most souldfoul guitarist out there.. anyone hittin up the NYC shows tonight and tomm?

kaiserbun starstarstar Fri 11/7/2008 02:32PM
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i agree with some of the comments on jimmy. he is one of my favorite guitar players and obviously more talented than anyone panic has ever had, but he overplays way too much with panic. i honestly thought george was a better fit. herring just sits there and rips it and never slows down. he plays some kick ass solos, but I'd like it if he'd slow down a little sometimes. i'm not trying to bash herring, he's a great guy and one of the best guitarits out there (he helped teach derek trucks for god's sake), but i just don't like him with panic that much.

Kaleidoscope Eyes Mon 11/10/2008 05:34PM
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I saw GMAC with panic 345 times

Yeah, some of the best shows really love Yard of Black Birds

He is a nice guy