For Connor Christian, frontman & principal songwriter of The Southern Gothic, life has always been about the journey. The son of an American serviceman and diplomat, that journey started at 6 months old, when his family moved from Los Angeles to Jakarta, Indonesia and from there on to places such as Singapore, South Korea and Belgium, as well as stints all over the US. “I never lived anywhere long enough to think of it as a hometown, to make those lifelong memories and associations, so I learned to take little pieces from every stop and make them part of my story”
That story led Connor to Atlanta, Georgia as a young adult. Stints in several other bands led to the formation of The Southern Gothic with former Truckadelic drummer Shawn Thacker. What started as a high energy, house cover band at venerated Atlanta dive bar, Dixie Tavern, grew along with Connor’s writing to become the band that Billboard Magazine called it’s ‘Band on the Verge’. Ten months later, the band’s second album, ‘New Hometown’ debuted at number 1 on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart and number 17 on it’s country albums chart. The same month, the first single from the record, “Sheets Down” reached number 1 on CMT’s Pure Country 12-Pack Countdown, a spot it held for 4 weeks. The album, a 20-song semi-autobiographical opus, equal parts Tennessee Williams & Homer, “Tumbleweed Connection” era Elton John, Guns n Roses and Chris Stapleton – tells the story of a man looking for a home, and artist searching for his muse, and a band finding its own way.
After moving the band’s home base to Nashville and releasing the critically acclaimed 2020 EP Burnin’ Moonlight (produced by Grammy winner Jonathan Roye [Kelsea Ballerini] and grammy nominee Keith Hetrick [Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull], and featuring Billboard number 1 artist Elvie Shane) the Southern Gothic are back with new music for 2022. Returning to their high-energy acoustic roots, the band kicked off the year with a new single “Up On Your Love” featuring Old Crow Medicine’s frontman Ketch Secor. The band plan to follow up the success of the collaboration with 3 subsequent singles and a mid-year, still-untitled release and accompanying summer/fall tour dates in the US, UK, and Europe, exploring the intersection of Americana, Pop, and Rock n’ Roll to create something uniquely now and undeniably, The Southern Gothic.