The story of ACR never began in a boardroom. It came out of East Nashville in 2011, out of chance circumstance and a love and respect for music. Logan Buerlein and Kiernan McMullan, met while on set for a music video for Cage the Elephant. Kiernan had just moved to Nashville after 6 years on the road, but Logan had already started working with folks like Cameron Henry (welcome to 1979), including old records for Buffalo Clover (margo price).
The first of many projects together was a split vinyl with Brandon Jaehne. There were a hundred copies made, on vinyl only. Each one stamped with it's own number. All of the proceeds went to W.O. Smith School of Music.
At the time, Kiernan was finishing what would become Two Years with long time friend and producer Owen Lewis and, after parting ways with One Eleven Records/Warner Brothers, felt it was time to either sign again, or start with a fresh slate. After several sessions together American Cadence Records was born, and released Two Years (which was lauded for songs like Sick of You and Alright Was Never Good Enough). This put him on the road for years. He played in the majority of the United States, ranging from everything to intimate sold out shows in New York to 5,000 people on King Street in Madison Wisconsin. He opened for Ed Sheeran at SXSW (Austin, TX) in 2012, capping off his 3rd invitation to play the festival. In Nashville he was invited to open for Dave Mason (Traffic), Mat Kearney, and more. Songs from Two Years and Common Sense were getting regular airplay on Lightning100 and Kiernan was asked to play their Nashville Sunday Night live broadcast twice.
In 2012, ACR began working with Charlie Abbott, and Aaron Shanley. Both already had burgeoning careers in their own right. Aaron was living in Northern Ireland, but made his way to Nashville several times. On one of those trips he recorded Please Tell Me The Clocks Are Lying in one day, with Cameron Henry.
Charlie Abbott released two records in 2012, Brand New Weather and Make Up Your Mind. In these songs you can hear the dirty basements and long nights this label was built from.
Charlie's other life as a guitarist saw him working with The Cunning, OJR, Bad Cop, Aliza Gail. While his solo records put him on the road opening for Kiernan McMullan, Mat Kearney, Willy Porter, and more.
In 2013, Kiernan McMullan released Company. This EP was recorded in one day, with Logan Buerlein, at The Refinery in East Nashville. It features Rico Sisney (of Chicago groups Sidewalk Chalk and House of Whales) on the opening track, Kickin' Rocks.
Then in 2015 he released the EP Watch Me Explode, which immediately began getting heavy airplay on Nashville's Lightning 100. The song Watch Me Explode was featured in the Showtime series Shameless. His song In The Meantime was featured in the CBS show Scorpion.
In 2014 Kiernan McMullan released the album Common Sense. It was the culmination of three years of work between him and producer Owen Lewis. It was recorded partly at The Bishops Palace in Limerick, Ireland as well as in a basement under an art gallery in Chinatown, Los Angeles. In 2013 it was finished and mixed at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville. This passion project took a lot out of everyone, and after a year and a half of touring the album, Kiernan went on a hiatus from touring and music. This had put a pin in ten years on the road averaging 200 shows a year and had the same dichotomy between small intimate shows and larger theaters and festivals. Notable dates include Mahadin Festival with John Butler Trio, sold out Mercy Lounge in Nashville with Sea Wolf, and even packed houses in Ireland and London, UK.
In Spring 2016 he went back into the studio to start work on the next album. Back at Sound Emporium with a great band and a new approach, he and Owen Lewis were back for another. The next single What's For You (won't go past you) will be released on October 21st, 2016. The entire album is expected to come out late winter/early spring. The first single I Stayed the Same is already out and available on Itunes, Spotify and most other music outlets.