There must be something in the water in Massachusetts – two of country music’s most acclaimed songwriters, Sean McConnell and Lori McKenna, were born there, after all. Now, the two have teamed up on a new song, “Nothing on You.” Listen below.
The affecting tune is part of Undone, an acoustic re-release of McConnell’s 2016 self-titled debut album. The only new song on the album, the heartfelt love song finds McConnell and McKenna trading verses and sharing harmonies over a simple acoustic guitar.
“Few people can cut to the heart as directly and honestly as she can,” McConnell, now a Nashville resident, tells Rolling Stone Country of McKenna. “I count her high on the list of my musical heroes and I’m honored to call her a friend.”
The pair got together at McKenna’s home in Massachusetts to write the track, which cleverly name checks Bruce Springsteen and the Sistine Chapel in equal measure, eventually recording it live over the course of just a few takes.
“It truly was one of those songs that made its presence known very quickly and wrote itself just as fast,” McConnell explains. “Singing it together live for this acoustic record was a real joy. We laughed as much as we sang.”
McConnell is known for writing songs for artists like Brothers Osborne and Tim McGraw. Sean McConnell was the first solo album he released through a label, Rounder Records. Undone is out September 8th.