One of the most unfortunate things about Scotty McCreery’s “Southern Belle” single is that Sean McConnell’s name is attached to it as a co-writer. “Southern Belle” is a poor representation of McConnell’s talents and normally high quality output, and the song appears to be a total mismatch for McCreery. Quite frankly, both artists are capable of better.
It’s considerably more heartening that McConnell released “Shotgun” as his own single. Previously featured on ABC’s Nashville (performed by guest star Christina Aguilera), McConnell’s “Shotgun”is a lovely exercise in restraint showcasing the stirring voices of both McConnell and co-writer Audra Mae.