Band

Hailing from Fernandina Beach, Florida, Sean McCarthy – Nashville recording artist, songwriter and lead vocalist fronts southern coastal group Sean McCarthy Band. Sean McCarty Band’s rich blend of country, bluegrass and tropical sounds is rounded out with pedal steel player Olin “Hotshot” Carter, lead guitarist Marcus Carter, bass player Ernie Ealum and percussionist Daniel Daly.

The band has garnered attention playing entertainment venues and festivals throughout the Northern Florida region including the wildly popular Sing Out Loud Festival. And more recently on popular digital platforms featuring Sean McCarthy Band’s very own “Corona Sessions” an intimate, at-home concert series developed to create connections during the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic.

On September 20, 2019, Sean McCarthy Band released ‘Last House On The Beach,’ the band’s new album on Skinny Water Records. Produced by Sean McCarthy and John Gould and recorded at Key of Sea Studios, Fernandina Beach, FL. ‘Last House On The Beach’ is what the band calls a “personal record about things that matter to us, our relationships with the people we love and the struggles and celebrations of life.”

Sean McCarthy

Sean McCarthy

Lead Vocals & Guitar

Sean Patrick McCarthy is the founder, front man, and lead vocalist of southern coastal group Sean McCarthy Band. In addition to being the founding member of Sean McCarthy Band, McCarthy is also credited as a songwriter, producer and record label head.

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Olin Hotshot Carter

Olin "Hotshot" Carter

Pedal Steel

Where did the nickname “Hotshot” come from? “When I was a baby I got very sick and was in the hospital with an extremely high fever. My dad said, “man that kid is a little Hotshot” and the name just kind of stuck. When asked if “Hotshot” is also indicative how he plays pedal steel guitar, he promptly and humbly answered, “no.” Almost immediately, from the peanut gallery, Sean McCarthy interjects, “Oh yeah he is, he is one HOT steel player. He’s the hottest steel player on Holly Drive!” Hotshot comments, “I’m also the ONLY steel player on Holly Drive, so the competition is incredibly fierce!”

Ernie Ealum

Ernie Ealum

Bass & Vocals

Ealum began playing violin at the age of 10 and took on the upright bass at 14. Despite not being tall enough to play, he was drawn to the instrument and determined to make it work. Ealum studied music in his youth and continued his studies throughout college. He spent two years majoring in music at the University of Florida and later transferred to Jacksonville University where he graduated with a degree in Music Performance.

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Marcus Carter

Marcus Carter

Rhythm, Lead Guitar, Acoustic & Electric

Carter is the youngest and long time member of the Sean McCarthy Band​. He has played alongside Sean and father/fellow band member, Olin, for the past 18 years. Carter picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and spent his youth watching Olin play. Olin would become Marcus’ musical inspiration along with several other wildly popular singers such as Mr. Garth Brooks.

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Daniel Daly

Daniel Daly

Drums

Daly was born in County Kerry, Ireland and raised in England. He is the youngest of four children, joined by two brothers and a sister. The Daly kids all grew up playing instruments – Daniel began playing piano at six, his siblings played guitars and the keyboard. He would often watch them perform at local shows and more often than not, you could find him sitting behind the drum set after each show. He would bang away and it wasn’t long after that Daly would eventually bring home a drum kit.

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