Before recording two full-length albums under the name Wise Old Moon, songwriter Connor Zane Millican left home at a young age to travel the plains, deserts, oceans and mountains of the expansive American West. Upon his arrival to New England, Millican set out to form a band that would pay homage to the long-standing tradition of folk and Americana music while breathing new life into the genre with a high-octane live energy and a unique brand of songwriting inspired by his experiences on the road.
Three years and hundreds of performances later, Wise Old Moon is comprised of a cast of musicians from around the Northeast including Ian Meadows (The Meadows Brothers) on electric guitar who offers up a gritty twang that has become a staple of the Wise Old Moon sound. Drummer and percussionist Stephen Cusano (Broca’s Area) brings with him his own influences, including modern hip-hop and soul, conveying colorful rhythms while contributing a huge sound and energy for their live performances. The band also takes advantage of its proximity to the Hartt School of Music in their hometown of Hartford, working with musicians like Greg Lake, who is currently Wise Old Moon‘s touring bass player.
Wise Old Moon has been featured on WPNR’s Where We Live with John Dankosky and has been nominated for numerous CT Music Awards as well as a New England Music Award for Roots Act of the Year in 2016. The band has self-released two full length studio albums and has performed at some of the most well-known venues in and clubs in the Northeast.
Wise Old Moon is currently writing and recording their third full-length record aside from touring in January 2017.
"Millican's songs lack contrivance: Everything's comfortable, organic, thought-out, where it's supposed to be, and not all that groundbreaking — he's not reinventing the form. But you rarely hear the seams — the spinning gears of a songwriter's mind in action — as though the lyrics and melodies have been around for a while, transmitted orally from person to person."
"The band is not just a bunch of Connecticut Yankees in cowboy boots; their sound stakes its own claim in the American tradition, which has been around since the thirteen colonies took form and continues to be alive and well..."
"One of the stronger records to make a late 2015 appearance and in digging deeper, I think it deserves a place on my own favorites list as well as many others."
"Wise Old Moon is a band with a penchant for a great groove and catchy songwriting painted over a rootsy, warm tapestry of sound."