EF Country November 4, 2021
"Stirring pedal steel draws you further into the song and the production is so beautiful, you can’t help but get caught up in it."
Americana Music Show, November 28, 2021
"Even when the arrangement fills with instruments and electric guitars and a pedal steel (Read Connolly) drives the song, such as “Strong”, the message gets through."
Sound Scene Express, October 4, 2018
"Foot-tapping beats and killer, unapologetic guitar lines share space with gorgeous pedal-steel twang and classic wavering keys ... Other standouts include"Strong Words" (which features beautiful pedal steel from Connolly, clustered vocal harmonies, and bittersweetly descending melodies.)"
Sound Scene Express, February 12, 2018
"It’s dreamy and hazy, almost ambient at times, with a recurrent effect-heavy steel line that strongly recalls a sitar and repeated acoustic guitar strums that unwind beautifully."
"Yessir! Read Connolly is a badass"
Twitter, August 4, 2017
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 3, 2017
"The Beagles tackle marriage, divorce, childbirth and other life-changing events with skipping honky-tonk beats, catchy hooks, twangy harmonies and the warmth of pedal steel guitar."
Sound Scene Express, May 11, 2017
"We start off strong with the title track, “Traces.” A lilting, head-nodding beat and pleasantly drawling instrumentals (especially Connolly’s steel) comprise a backdrop for some impressive lyrics."
Pittsburgh City Paper, June 20, 2011
"'Waimea Bay' could have come straight out of a Hawaiian-music album, thanks to Connolly's genuine pedal-steel work..."