The Shane Alan Swaim Experience - A Journey Through Americana in Story and Song / Blog

I Am A Lucky Man

As Mary Chapin Carpenter says "I feel lucky." There is an old Gospel song that says "I've Been Redeemed." I see hard times around me but as Elton John says "I'm Still Standing." Life and love have both been good to me. I have no craving for alcohol or mind altering drugs today. I do not like to spend money that I don't have buying things I don't want while trying to impress people I don't like. My teenage son is doing well in school and is developing mentally, physically, and spiritually. I have a "Good Hearted Woman" who loves me in spite of my unique ways she don't understand. My mother swears that I am a saint and my brother has my back. I know that Daddy is watching over me from Heaven and is probably listening to some of my songs right now. All of my bills have been paid up to date, at least for today anyway. I have 2,109 Reverbnation fans right now that I am grateful for. High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association is very appreciative of my services as President and Board Member. None of this would have happened had it been for our Heavenly Father God. Thanks, Chief.

Piedmont Triad Music Scene

There are many great opportunities to for musicians to showcase their talents in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. Brewballs Pub in Burlington hosts an open mic every Sunday at 9:30PM. The Blind Tiger hosts an open mic every Monday at 10:00PM and The Flatiron hosts an open mic every Tuesday at 11:00PM. Also, High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association holds at least one jam session per week. The 2nd and 4th Tuesdays HLS jams are held at Stonefield Cellars Winery in Stokesdale from 7:00PM until 10:00PM. The 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday HLS jam sessions are held at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center from 7:00PM until 10:00PM. Local musicians are always performing gigs at The Green Bean, The Blind Tiger, and other popular venues. Downtown Greensboro has become a mecca for artists, musicians, and local retailers. I invite everyone to experience these music venues and support community music.

Thanks to all of my fans

I want to thank all of my fans on reverbnation. I have learned alot from you all and am very impressed with the songs I have listened to lately. It is nice to be able to have access to so many artists and songs. Reverbnation is definately enhancing my music career. I recorded a CD consisting of 8 original songs on January 3, 2012 at Earthtones Studio in Greensboro. I did vocals and acoustic guitar. During the recording session, I played my 1965 Gibson J-45 acoustic. I recently put some light gage strings on it and it sounds better than ever. Benji Johnson did a great job recording and mixing my tracks. I am impressed if I say so myself. My friend Pammy Davis with High Lonesome Strings was kind enough to design the artwork on the cover. I have distributed copies at my open mic sets. I plan to burn some more copies in the next few days. Again, thanks to all of my fans. God Bless all of you. Sincerely, Shane

Musician available to perform solo or collaborate with other artists

SHANE ALAN SWAIM Home: (336) 656-7867 theguitarman@att.net Cell: (336) 681-8632 ARTIST STATEMENT I am an accomplished vocalist and rhythm acoustic guitar player. I have composed fifteen original songs in Country, Rock, Blues, Bluegrass, Children’s, and Inspirational genres. I have completed songwriting workshops conducted by recording artists Larry Gatlin and Donna Hughes. My musical knowledge includes music history and current artistic trends. I perform cover songs by various recording artists in all genres. I am willing to perform solo as well as collaborate with other artists. I am available to perform for general audiences at any event. I am also available to conduct music history workshops and guitar lessons. PERFORMANCE VENUES SUPER G EXPERIENTIAL RESIDENCY, Greensboro, NC 2010-Present http://supergresidency.wordpress.com/ September, 2010 Resident. Conducted live video workshops on music history featuring Country, Rock, Bluegrass, and Inspirational genres. Videos consist of live performances of cover songs along with stories behind the artists and songs. Videos are available for viewing on www.ustream.tv under Super G Experiential Residency category. Videos also available on Google videos under Shane Swaim category. HIGH LONESOME STRINGS BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION, Greensboro, NC 2009-Present http://www.highlonesomestrings.org/ Association President, Board Member, Rhythm Guitarist, and Vocalist Perform with local Bluegrass artists at weekly 3 hour jam sessions. Coordinate and participate in association meetings and jam sessions at Greensboro Cultural Center, Hagan Stone Park, Brown’s Ole Opry, Greensboro Fun Fourth, Greensboro Festival of Lights, Stonefield Cellars Winery, and other venues in the Piedmont Triad. Assist with stage and sound setup as needed. Coordinate and assist volunteers with High Lonesome Strings sponsored Bluegrass festivals and events throughout the year. VARIOUS PERFORMANCE VENUES, Piedmont Triad, NC 1999-Present Currently conducting The Purple Yam Goodtime Hour which is a weekly open jam held at Fanta City International Mall in Greensboro, NC. Perform all music genres during regular weekly sets at Brewballs Pub in Burlington, NC and The Stumblin Pig in Mebane, NC. Also perform open mic sets at The Blind Tiger and The Flatiron in Greensboro, NC Perform regularly at Lebanon Baptist Ministries Kids Connect and Singspiraton. Sing tenor in church choir and at annual Singing Christmas Tree. STUDIO EXPERIENCE SOUNDWAVE STUDIOS, Summerfield, NC 2009 Recorded 7 track compact disc featuring cover songs and original compositions. Accompanied by studio bass player. EDUCATION Master of Science in Education – Social Science, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC Bachelor of Science in Human Services, Wingate University, Wingate, NC Certificate of Study in Accounting, Greensboro College, Greensboro, NC Musical instruments include 1965 Gibson J-45, 1995 Martin D1-R, and 2008 Yamaha FG730S acoustic guitars. Video and additional photos are on my Facebook page. CD and references available upon request.