Patrick Sweany – Up and Down

Labels: Nine Mile Records
Number of Tracks: 1
Total Time: 3:44
Formats: Triple A, Americana, AAA, Non-Commercial, NPR
Available Date & Time: April 16, 2018 10:00 AM ET
Impact Date: April 16, 2018
Country: USA

Nashville Blues artist Patrick Sweany returns after a three-year hiatus to present his new full-length Ancient Noise. Recorded at legendary Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, TN with Grammy-winning engineer/producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price), Ancient Noise encapsulates all of the highlights of Sweany’s 18 year career, from the breakneck howl of the first single "Up and Down" to the lush piano ballad "Country Loving" and the organ funk of "Get Along," Sweany moves effortlessly between styles, tying it all together with his rich, deep baritone voice and intricate finger-picking guitar style.

"Sam Phillips Recording is the best place on earth to record a rock ‘n’ roll album," says Sweany. "I live for going into the sessions with no pre-production rehearsals with the band, we just cut the album on the floor of Studio A song-by-song."

For the sessions, Sweany recruited longtime collaborator Ted Pecchio on bass (Doyle Bramhall II, Col. Bruce Hampton) and ex-Wilco drummer Ken Coomer both from Nashville. When Sweany needed some organ on a song, Ross-Spang got in touch with Charles Hodges, a veteran Memphis session player best known for playing with Al Green on all of his seminal records.

Hodges fit in so well, he ended up on nearly every track on Ancient Noise. "Charles truly elevated the entire experience," says Sweany. "In fact, when we met on the first day of recording, Charles led us through a prayer before we had even played a single note together. I’m not particularly religious, but I have to say that was quite the experience and really set the tone of the album. The music is refined, emotional, and I was taken out of my comfort zone many times, which leads to the magic you’re looking for when the tape is rolling."

Ancient Noise is Patrick Sweany’s eigth full-length album, and it finds Sweany in top form, willing to push himself stylistically to great effect. The record comes out on Nine Mile Records on May 11, 2018.


April 26 – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
April 27 – Hardywood Brewery, Richmond, VA
April 28 – Clementine Cafe, Harrisonburg, VA
April 29 – Hill Country BBQ, Washington, DC
May 2 – Ortlieb’s, Philadelphia, PA
May 3 – Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
May 4 – Columbus Theatre, Providence, RI
May 5 – Thunder Road, Somerville, MA
May 7 – Sportsmen’s Tavern, Buffalo, NY
May 9 – Club Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
May 10 – Music Box, Cleveland, OH
May 11 – Rumba Cafe, Columbus, OH
May 12 – Musica, Akron, OH
May 26 – The Basement, Nashville, TN
July 6 – Sh*tty Barn, Spring Green, WI
July 7 – Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis, MN

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