If I'm not mistaken, Mr Sweany moved to Nashville during this album (or prior to), and it shows. Definitely more country than his last album. Not a bad thing, just sayin'.
There is only one song I don't dig - The Edges is too corny and too Tom Jones-ish for me at the moment but maybe it'll grow on me. The opening line is something like "the touch of your hand, makes me feel like a man" so yeah... maybe it's tongue in cheek? And I'm taking it too seriously? Whatever. Not a bad song but it's too rich for me at the moment, heh
The big thing for me, is that I read something on the Nine Mile Records site that said "if you liked Them Shoes you'll LOVE this new album" or something like that. It also said something about how this new album is really rockin'. I think it's a really good album but not nearly as rockin' as EHIADG. This one is more country/soul/southern rock. So maybe that's how my initial impression got all jacked up - because I was expecting something else based on the label's description.
Rising Tide is a beast of a song. Very cool lyrics too. Shoestring is also really good (and starts out sounding like Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress haha). Leave Ohio is another gem - "...if you ain't lightin' it, you're getting burned." And like I said earlier, Same Thing might be my favorite.
I'd give this one a B+/A- versus EHIADG which is a solid A+ for me. Oh and here's what I read that sort of mislead me, imo...
Hey One Eyed Jack be on the lookout for Patrick Sweany's new album that's supposed to drop in the fall. Here's some info on it.
Hey Sweany fans,
A lot of folks have been emailing to let us know we've been remiss in our correspondance about Patrick's new record, so here's the scoop:
Thanks to all of the people on this list who donated a few months ago, Patrick and his crack Nashville rhythm section have recorded 13 songs for the new record!! It will be titled (That Old) Southern Drag.
Patrick still has a little bit of recording to do on it, and then mixing. It was recorded at Fry Pharmacy in Nashville on all vintage analog equipment, which sounds fantastic, except there aren't a whole lot of mixing houses that still mix on analog(!!) so we're patiently waiting our turn. We're also waiting for a couple guest stars (who shall remain nameless at this point) to sneak out of their rockstar schedules to lay down some guest tracks.
If those two things happen by the end of next month, we'll still be on for a Fall release!
As for how it sounds? Well, if you like "Them Shoes" you're gonna really like the record. It's rockin.'
Meanwhile, Patrick has been playing a lot less (as you've noticed). We'll correct that in the Fall. Let us know where we should send him.
And by all means, if you'd still like to contribute to this project, please do:
Next up: Family Wash tomorrow night with his vintage blues band The Amazing Tiger Beats, Eureka Springs Blues Fest next month, and a return to merry old England for the Blues on the Farm Festival!
Thanks again to all of you who've pledged support!!!!!
Nine Mile Records