Mother Plug Music presents The Revivalists featuring special guest Patrick Sweany and Willie and the Giant, Friday, June 26, at Avondale Brewing Co. Get your tickets here!
The Revivalists. The formation of The Revivalists was all about chance, but everything since then has been a combination of hard work, awesome music, and friendship. The septet has been playing nonstop since 2007, crafting a genre-hopping sound that rounds out traditional rock instrumentation with horns and pedal steel guitar and mixes the divergent backgrounds of its individual members with the humid, funky undercurrents of the band’s New Orleans home. The result is like English spoken with an exotic accent: familiar, yet difficult to pin down.
Religion aside, a revival is all about the tangible electricity that can only be created when enough like minds are crammed under a single roof for a singular purpose. It’s a spiritual spectacle, a carnival of the divine, a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The same could be said for The Revivalists’ searing live performances. The band has a knack for bringing music to life on a stage, and they have tuned their talents to Swiss-watch precision…[read more…]
You may not have heard of Patrick Sweany, but chances are you’ve heard his music.
Sweany has been a mainstay of the roots/blues circuit for several years now. He’s released five critically acclaimed records, toured the US, Canada and Europe dozens of times, and built up a reputation for no-holds-barred, leave-it-on-the-stage live shows that recall the halcyon days of Stax and Muscle Shoals soul revues.
His songs are streamed by millions and downloaded by thousands of fans every year, and have appeared in prominent TV and Film spots. He’s toured on his own and in support of artists as diverse as The Black Keys, The Wood Brothers, Wayne Hancock, and The Gourds.
Sweany’s newest full-length record – Close To The Floor – is as personal a statement as the 38 year old troubadour has ever made. Inspired by tragedy and frustration, it’s a (mostly) gritty look in the mirror for the Akron native who now resides in Nashville. Sweany’s coping with the premature deaths of two family members, his struggles with perpetual touring, and his battles with the ruthless music industry are all examined closely here.
Singer-Songwriter from Muscle Shoals, Alabama
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