The Music Highway connects Tennessee cities Memphis and Nashville along Interstate 40, the road carrying Patrick Sweany out of his Nashville comfort zone to record his recent release, Ancient Noise. The journey began with producer Matt Ross-Spang inviting Patrick Sweany to his new homebase as Sam Phillips Recording. The decision to travel to west Tennessee was an easy one, Patrick knowing that ‘Sam Phillips Recording is the best place on earth to record a rock ‘n’ roll album. 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’. Carpooling from Nashville, Patrick Sweany brought longtime collaborator Ted Pecchio on bass (Doyle Bramhall II, Col. Bruce Hampton) and former Wilco drummer, Ken Coomer. Ancient Noise is guided by the three-piece, the recording benefitting from a hometown advantage in veteran Memphis session player Charles Hodges (Al Green) on organ. Channeling a sound cultivated in the fertile music scene of the 1950/1960’s, a thick bass line leads the way into the vintage Rhythm and Blues shuffle of “Play Around”. Ancient Noise quiets to share its experiential wisdom with “Victory Laps”, rumbles like fast-approaching thunderheads dotted with flash of guitar notes for “Outcast Blues” and tosses down a howling boogie beat for the warnings of “Old Time Ways”.
Born in the Blues, Patrick Sweany has never left the style behind. His songs grow from a Blues point-of-contact morphing his own brand with touches of Country, Soul, and the vintage sound of raw Rock’n’Roll. The realism of the Blues drives the pen of Patrick Sweany as he councils on the loss of love (“Get Along”) and punches quick jabs at modern living with words and a mighty groove (“Up and Down”) as the rhythm rolls like the Mississippi that gave the Blues its life in “No Way No How”. Ancient Noise is the eighth studio release for Patrick Sweany, and he moves from tender, revealing the love in his heart with “Steady” before taking his story deeper with the personal revelations of his soul in “Country Loving”.
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