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Patrick Sweany

Patrick Sweany

Rock / Blues / Soul E. Nashville, TN  US
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Patrick Sweany - Step Outside


  • Wed

    Oct 14

    Charleston, SC, US | 5:00pm

    Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons + Patrick Sweany (Jerry Joseph to close the show) Oct 14 WedA Very Special Evening With Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons + Patrick Sweany (Jerry Joseph to close the show) Buy Tickets 8pm doors. ALL AGES. Standing room only. 9pm $15 ADV / $18 day of show JERRY JOSEPH AND THE JACKMORMONShttp://www.jerryjoseph.com/ Some songwriters just strike down to the heart of things. Even when theyre being tender they nail you in the souls solar plexus, shaking us with words and wires and something inescapably human. Jerry Joseph is this kind of composer a rocker with emotional scalpel that cuts deep every time. He wears his influences on his sleeve Elvis Costello, Neil Young, John Lennon, Steve Earle but tailors them in ways that are always distinctly himself, probing the politics of love and nations with equal dexterity. By turns tough and unbelievably bruised, Josephs work manages to be joyfully pissed off and achingly bittersweet, often within the space of just a few verses. Theres a healthy restlessness to his music, a stripe of his modernity and tireless engagement with the world that places him next to younger contemporaries like Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) and Ryan Adams.Joseph has worked tirelessly since his late 80s/early 90s days in Little Women, averaging an album a year since 1994. Often live-on-the-floor affairs, theres an immediacy and personal reach to his albums like kindred spirits Chris Whitley and Vic Chesnutt, his fellow toilers in the under-sung singer-songwriter field. Like the best musicians, theres always a forward motion to his work, some force that compels things ahead from where theyve been, something one hears loud & clear on his latest project, The Denmark Veseys, a malleable band named a controversial slave revolt leader from the 1800s and based around the core of Joseph and master percussionist Steve Drizos that released their self-titled debut in early 2008, which ranges from the Buzzcocks-like punk pop of Helena Bucket to the masterful Americana sway of Cochise to incendiary agit-prop rockers like Ho Chi Minh. Produced by David Barbe (Drive-By Truckers, Son Volt), the new record has the measured intelligence of craftsmen able to whisper and scream on several levels at once, a callback to a time when real musicians made thoughtful rock n roll albums that thrive on repeat, revealing fresh details and nuances over time hidden amongst the lesions and frustrations Joseph & Drizos etch so eloquently on their debut.All the miles and stage hours of this tireless road dog simmer into his recordings, which manage to capture some of the brilliant flame of his take-no-prisoners live performances. Theres an intensity to Joseph that dates back to his early days in could-have-contenders Little Women in the late 80s and continues through his collaborations with jam scene kings Widespread Panic (Climb To Safety) and pleasantly eviscerating releases with his Jackmormons band like Mouthful of Copper, a 2003 live double disc set that showcases the fury and focused intelligence Joseph brings to his music. Creatively restless, he has crafted acoustic ruminations (2004s Cherry) and muscular rock cycles (2005s Into The Lovely), always keeping himself open to where the muses will steer his passionate, beautifully jaded songwriting.Currently living in Harlem, NYC, hes a tireless listener to everything that comes his way, filtering in the hip-hop of Aesop Rock and Jamaican strains that drift through his window as easily as he incorporates the more brainy, confessional strains of his core inspirations. He embodies original rocks boundary-free spirit that pulled happy handfuls from country, blues, jazz and folk to create something that struts and wails. From dub to backwoods laments, his music stretches to incorporate whatever is flipping his switch at a given moment, yet always grounded in something indefinably Jerry J. This free-ranging is most delightfully loose in the Stockholm Syndrome, his on-again, off-again collaboration with Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Eric McFadden (EMT, P-Funk), Wally Ingram (David Lindley, Sheryl Crow) and Danny Louis (Govt Mule), where the boys can swing from roadhouse hard to psychedelically bent.Usually, if I think somethings cool it stays with me, says Joseph. When I write I go to my brothers house in Mexico, and I dont write with drum machines or four-tracks. I tend to write on just acoustic guitar, and sometimes I can get out a couple songs a day if Im in the groove. Im finally getting old enough that I might actually get good at this (laughs). I think the writers that are aging and growing with their art are fascinating. This is really the first time with pop music that weve been able to watch people get old. If theyre cool and writing about it, like Dylan or Neil Young, theyre sort of documenting the process. In my own broken way, Im trying to do that, too.PATRICK SWEANYhttp://www.patricksweany.com/ Patrick Sweany likes the spaces in between.On a given night (or on a given album) hell swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. Hes 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 isnt his ability to copy its his authenticity. Like his heroes, artists like Bobby Blue Bland, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own. Its no wonder that as a kid he immersed himself in his dads extensive record collection: 60s folk, vintage country, soul, and, of course, blues. Patrick spent hours teaching himself to fingerpick along to Leadbelly, Lightnin Hopkins, and other folk-blues giants. In his late teens, Patrick began playing the clubs and coffeehouses around Kent, OH. He quickly gained a reputation for the intricate country blues style he was developing: part Piedmont picking, part Delta slide with an equally impressive deep, smooth vocal style. But Patrick wouldnt stay in the acoustic world for long. His love of 50s era soul and rock fused with the adrenaline-soaked garage punk revival happening throughout the Rust Belt pushed him to form a band. After 6 critically acclaimed records (two produced by longtime collaborator Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys), Patrick has expanded his touring radius to 49 states and Europe. Hes played premiere festivals (Newport Folk Fest, Merlefest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Telluride Blues & Brews) and supported international acts such as The Black Keys, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna, and others on tour. His latest record, Daytime Turned To Nighttime, comes out in September 2015. It was recorded in his adopted community of E. Nasheville, 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.8pm doors, 9pm show. $15 ADV, $18 day of show. ALL AGES. Standing room only.

  • Thu

    Oct 15

    Charlotte, NC, US | 9:00pm
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  • Fri

    Oct 16

    Carrboro, NC, US | 8:00pm
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    Oct 22

  • Fri

    Oct 23

    Columbus, OH, US | 9:00pm
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  • White Bread (Artist)
    White Bread
    Great Sound..!!
  • Lucas Donofrio (Artist)
    Lucas Donofrio
    You Rock**** I wish you all the success your deserve! Lucas Donofrio
  • Pace Ride (Artist)
    Pace Ride
    Excellent music!!!
  • Erisa Rei (Artist)
    Erisa Rei
    It's not often that I find a current artist in which I love their music as much I love yours. Def wishing you the best. I love it!
  • Stefano Cece (Artist)
    Stefano Cece
    Good stuff
  • Jay Thomas Musicmanjay (Artist)
    Jay Thomas Musicmanjay
    awesome music Pat. hope to see ya someday.. cant say enuff about your talent.. keep em coming man..~musicmanjay~


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