The Swon Brothers sign deal
Saturday, November 2, 2013
– The Voice Season 4 finalists The Swon Brothers signed with Arista Nashville.
Zach and Colton Swon - the brother duo from Oklahoma who were part of Blake Shelton's team on The Voice - are currently writing and securing songs for their major label debut album, with a first single due in the spring of 2014.
"Signing with Arista is literally our dream coming true," says Colton Swon. "My brother and I have been chasing this goal for 15 years now. Being a part of The Voice was an unbelievable experience; there isn't another show like it. Our mentor and friend Blake Shelton gave us the direction and advice we needed to keep this dream alive. We feel blessed beyond measure for the chance to continue to connect with people through our music. Arista is the home we were looking for and we have a great team of people helping us on this journey."
Brothr Zach said, "We are so excited to get into the studio to make new music for our fans. It's amazing and humbling for us to have so many fans supporting us now and asking us when we are going to have a record out. We are looking forward to our new relationship with Sony and making some history together."
When they were 9 and 11 years old, they asked their parents to "drop by" Nashville on the way to their Florida vacation so they could "get a record deal." They marched into every label on Music Row to play for anyone who would listen and continued making trips to Music City.
Performances on "The Voice" included their tribute to the late George Jones with Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes, Bob Seger's Turn the Page and Loggins & Messina's Danny's Song.
CD reviews for The Swon Brothers
The Swon Brothers
If all you know about The Swon Brothers is their self-titled album's first single, "Later On," which sounds like a bad Florida Georgia Line imitation, you haven't truly met the brotherly act at their best. Although they won't give the Everly Brothers a run for their money (at least not sibling harmony-wise), this nevertheless contains some memorable songs.
For starters, the second single, "Pray for You," is a song that reminds us how whiskey and even friendly »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: For McCoury, Grisman, music still matters
One condenser microphone, a music stand, a mandolin, rhythm guitar and more than 100 years of bluegrass experience: that's all David Grisman and Del McCoury need to put on a show.
It's quite a show, too. The artists' backstories are well known: McCoury was a logger in Lancaster County, Pa., who came to New York City to see Bill... »»»
Concert Review: Ely wears well
Joe Ely is the prototypical rambler. It comes through in his music and in his life. There are lots of elements in the music about travels, riding the rails, small town scenery and getting away from it.
In fact, after playing "I'm Gonna Strangle You Shorty" as the first song of his encore, Ely opined, "The only thing I got out of... »»»
Country News Digest
Elsewhere in the news
Currently at the CST blogs
Since the inception of the Bottle Rockets in the early '90s. the three basic constants have been the presence of guitarist/vocalist/primary songwriter Brian Henneman and drummer Mark Ortmann, a relatively consistent output schedule and a steady stream of great reviews for those releases.... »»»
On the eve of the first new release by the Cox Family in nearly two decades, "Gone Like The Cotton," Sidney Cox reflects on the national media frenzy over "Back To The Future" and the date Michael J. Fox would materialize from 1985, and the parallels to his own family's story haven't escaped his notice.... »»»
The Statler Brothers were an iconic vocal group in country music. They began by backing Johnny Cash (not a bad early gig, for sure), and went on to win the CMA award for Vocal Group of the Year an astounding 8 years in a row between 1972 and 1980. The group is in both the country music and gospel music halls of fame and has won three Grammy Awards. Tenor Jimmy Fortune replaced Lew Dewitt in 1983, and continued with the group for 21 year... »»»
First Comes the NIght
Chris Isaak is something of a renaissance man. In addition to being a talented singer and songwriter, he's an actor, guest-starring in popular television shows like "Friends" and "Hot in Cleveland"; he even had his own series on Showtime in the early 2000's. He's been in movies with Michelle Pfieffer, Jodie Foster and Tom Hanks. »»»