Song Premiere: Patrick Sweany - "First of the Week"

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At 41 years old, Patrick Sweany finally feels like he doesn’t have to shout anymore.

“I’m proud that I can now sing and play a simple country ballad and not feel that it’s a great risk, or I’m playing a character,” the bluesman says of his new song, “First of the Week,” off upcoming album Daytime Turned to Nighttime, due Sept. 18 on Nine Mile Records. “I’ve spent a long time hollering at folks, singing at the top edge of my voice. I’m probably more naturally a singer in the baritone range. I feel like I can be more effective and expressive now in that vocal register, and this album had to be focused on the things that make me who I am.”

Sweany and his wife bought their first home together in between extensive tours. When they weren’t busy renovating the space, Sweany worked tirelessly to write and record Daytime Turned to Nighttime, the follow-up to 2013’s Close to the Floor. “You can only write so many songs about living in the aftermath of something,” he says of his last album, which was inspired by the death of several family members. “This new album is more about looking forward—about growing up and taking responsibility.”

That growth and peace of mind can be heard on “First of the Week,” a warm acoustic jam about forging your own path on the road and living with those consequences. Bassist Ron Eoff and drummer Bryan Owings give the song a raggedy swing, while backup singers Alexis Saski and Laura Mayo lend a soulful vibe evocative of early-’70s Southern rock.

For Daytime Turned to Nighttime, Sweany recruited Nashville producer Joe McMahan, who also worked on his last two releases. The album’s calm nature stands in stark contrast with the shout-singing and raw blues featured on Sweany’s earlier records, produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. “Look, I’m always going to be a rock and roller,” Sweany explains. “I’m always going to make the live show as exciting and entertaining as possible. But I’ve spent a long time hollering at folks, and there’s more to my music than that.”

Listen to “First of the Week” above and find a full list of Sweany’s tour dates below.

Patrick Sweany tour dates:

July
25 – Macon, GA @ Bragg Jam
31 – Nashville, TN @ The 5 Spot

August
5 – Paducah, KY @ Maiden Alley Cinema
6 – Louisville, KY @ New Vintage
7 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
8 – Appleton, WI @ Mile of Music Festival
11 – Bozeman, MT @ Live from the Divide
12 – Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge
13 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
14 – Seattle, WA @ Conor Byrne Pub
15 – Portland, OR @ Alberta Rose Theatre
18 – Calpine, CA @ Sierra Valley Lodge
19 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe’s Alley
20 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
21 – Cloverdale, CA @ Friday Night Live
22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint
23 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
27 – Montrose, CO @ Turn of the Century Saloon
28 – Denver, CO @ Walnut Room
29 – Fort Collins, CO @ TBA
30 – Lincoln, NE @ Vega

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