Swons offer energy, new music


By Faith Bemiss - [email protected]



Zach, left, and Colton Swon will perform Wednesday at the Pepsi Grandstand at the Missouri State Fair. The duo, who are working on a second album, plan to have new material to perform during the Fair.


By Faith Bemiss

[email protected]

Zach, left, and Colton Swon will perform Wednesday at the Pepsi Grandstand at the Missouri State Fair. The duo, who are working on a second album, plan to have new material to perform during the Fair.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_TSD081415SwonBrothers1.jpgZach, left, and Colton Swon will perform Wednesday at the Pepsi Grandstand at the Missouri State Fair. The duo, who are working on a second album, plan to have new material to perform during the Fair.

Energy will be full throttle with the performances of Zach and Colton Swon Wednesday at the Pepsi Grandstand during the Missouri State Fair where the duo will give 2015 fair-goers a sampling of their new music.

The Swons, who are breaking in on the professional music scene, were nominated as the 2014 Country Music Awards Vocal Duo of the Year. They cut their first album in October of last year.

The brothers said, by phone in Nashville last week, they were very excited to be coming to the MSF this year.

“There’s going to be lots of energy and they will definitely see us be brothers on stage,” Colton Swon said. “We are working on brand new music, so you guys are actually going to get to be the first to hear the new songs.”

The brothers write much of their own music.

“We’ve been writing like crazy for this next record,” he added. “We’ve been in the studio recording. It’s going great and we can’t wait to test it out. There’s a lot of energy on this record.”

The Swons don’t have a release date yet for the album, but they hope to have a single from it out soon.

“As far as the full album, we’re still working on it and mixing it in between all these shows we’re doing,” he said.

Some of their music has been influenced by the Eagles.

“We love the Eagles,” Swon said. “Our thing as brothers is we really, really admire anything that has to do with harmony. Nobody did it like those guys. We love their style and we love the way they can go from really rockin’ songs to really country songs, that’s kind of what we do. You may even hear it in our show, you never know.”

The Swons said they would describe the flavor of their music as a cross between rock and county.

“It’s definitely a rockin’ show,” he said. “But we have roots in Merle Haggard and George Jones, but like I said we like bands like the Eagles too.”

The group’s first album was aptly named “The Swon Brothers.” An editor’s note about the album says:

“Zach and Colton Swon parlay their third-place finish on the fourth season of ‘The Voice’ into a debut album that looks toward ’70-era California country-rock for inspiration. These Oklahoma-born siblings apply their impeccably matched vocal harmonies to radio-friendly upbeat tunes like ‘Later On’ and ‘’95,’ as well as faith-rooted ballads like ‘Pray for You’ and ‘This Side of Heaven.’ ‘Chasing You Around’ has a pronounced Eagles vibe, while ‘Colder’ shows off some of the smoothest falsetto moves this side of Coldplay. Sleek production and plenty of chorus hooks help make this an impressive first effort.”

“It was a great first album,” Swon said. “It introduced us to the county music fans and it got great response for a song called ‘Later On’ on radio. It’s just been really cool to see the support. We’ve been nominated for an ATM and CMA since then, because of that album.”

Swon said the nominations for the brothers were “very humbling.”

“That just goes to show you how great your fan base is, and how loyal county music fans are, especially ours,” he added. “They have been nothing but great to us. The support, the tweets, the messages, the downloading of music, it led to those things.”

“Later On” has become a fan favorite, Swon said.

“It’s so cool to see fans singing it back and supporting us,” he said. “I tell you, we feel super blessed and lucky all in one day.”

The Swons spend a large amount of time on the road for shows.

“We’re very, very busy, but you know, that’s a blessing,” he noted. “We love what we do, and love the fact that people still show up.”

The brothers sang with their family when they were little and said they always looked to the time they would be making albums.

“We always knew we wanted to … no matter what scale it was on,” Swon said. “We’re very lucky to get to do it at this level and learn from the people we’ve been around. But, that being said, I think we’d do if it was 1,000 people or 10 people.”

Gary Allen and the Swon Brothers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pepsi Grandstand during the Missouri State Fair. Tickets cost $35, $30, $25 and $20 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-796-6776.

Faith Bemiss can be reached at 826-1000 ext. 1481 or @flbemiss.

Sedalia Democrat

Faith Bemiss can be reached at 826-1000 ext. 1481 or @flbemiss.

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