If you have never seen The Swon Brothers in concert you should definitely find a show near you and check them out. The Swon Brothers are Zach and Colton Swon and they were in the top 3 on Season 4 of The Voice . Since then they released a self-titled album and have been nominated for “Vocal Duo of the Year” for both the CMA and the ACM Awards and were just recently nominated for the CMT Award for “Duo Video of the Year” for their song “Later On.”
The Swon Brothers are very entertaining from start to finish. They like to pick on each other and engage the audience with “who’s the better brother” but when it comes down to it, they complement each other to make a great duo.
They played Billy Bob’s Texas in Ft. Worth on May 22 and they put on quite a show. The reserved seats for the show were only about 1/3 full and the crowd seemed a little bit subdued. They make you sit down at Billy Bob’s because everyone is seated at tables and they want to make sure all can see. I’m pretty sure that had an effect on the crowd.
It did not affect the band however. They came out and gave everything they had to all of us. The bothers were joined by Jeff Coleman on guitar, Joe Henderson on drums, Aaron Wolfcale on bass and Seth Costner on keyboard, banjo, harmonica and guitar. I particularly enjoyed watching Jeff Coleman play to the crowd. They mentioned he had family and friends there and he seemed to be having a great time on stage.
They started out the night singing some songs from their album including “What I’m Thinking About,” “Songs That Said It All,” “95,” “Pretty Beautiful” and “Pray for You.” Colton mentioned before “Pray for You” that it is a song about something they still believe in – prayer. It’s nice to hear that.
One of the most popular songs that they covered on The Voice was Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishin’ in the Dark”. Love that song and they do a great version of it. At this point in the show Colton wanted to find someone in the audience to sing along with him. He found a girl in the front and asked her if she knew the song. She said yes and they started it back up. After the words “fishin’ in the dark” she stopped singing. He stopped and said “I thought you said you knew the song.” She said “I knew the fishin’ in the dark part.” Too funny! They tried again and then finished the song.
After that they asked us if they could do a new song and test it out on us. It was called “Soakin up the Sunshine.” I liked it. It’s exciting to hear they are working on a new album.
At this part of the show, most of band goes away and they do a medley of pop songs with Seth Costner on guitar and Zach Swon on drums. Seth started off the friendly competition of how to win the ladies using pop songs with a cover of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” Love his falsetto! Then Zach came back to the guitar and did his lady-killer version of Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me.” Colton went old school and followed with his version of The Temptations’ “My Girl.” This part had the guys taunting each other with who does it better and it’s a nice change in the middle of the show.
They played several covers including Eagles’ “Life in the Fast Lane,” Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page” and The Doobie Brothers’ “Listen to the Music.” Zach Swon is the lead vocalist on most of the songs and he belted out a great version of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” along with some great guitar playing. They seem to love to rock and the classic rock covers fit them very well.
They finished the main part of the show with their hit “Later On” – which is my personal favorite. For their encore Colton took lead on “Long Time” by Boston and then they wrapped it all up with “American Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Two more great classic rock covers and the perfect way to end the show.
I highly recommend taking in a “Swoncert.” You will be thoroughly entertained and won’t regret it.
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