Patrick Sweany likes the spaces in between.
On a given night (or on a given album) he’ll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic ’50s rock, or a punk speedball. He’s a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing ’em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn’t his ability to copy–it’s his authenticity. Like his heroes, artists like Bobby “Blue” Bland, Doug Sahm, and Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own.
This week’s featured video, “Working For You” appeared on 2014’s, Close to the Floor. Patrick Sweany has 6 critically acclaimed records to date, two of which were produced by long-time collaborator Dan Auerbach. His latest album, Daytime Turned to Nighttime was recorded in his adopted community of E. Nashville, TN and features contributions from long-time collaborator and producer Joe McMahan (Allsion Moorer, Webb Wilder), Ron Eoff (Cate Brothers, Levon Helm), Bryan Owings (Tony Joe White, Solomon Burke), among others. For Daytime, Sweany took a fairly different approach than his usual raw, intense blues sound, opting for more subtle textures and playing. Seminal 70s records by Bill Withers, Bobbie Gentry and Bobby Charles & The Band provide the sonic blueprint, while Sweany wraps his trademark baritone and impeccable acoustic slide work around songs of longing, redemption and growing up.
Join us this Saturday, July 9, for Mother Plug Music Presents: Patrick Sweany with special guests Dead Fingers and Will Stewart.