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Swanny's Got the Blues

by Swanny

America's newest musical storyteller, with a kaleidoscope of emotional themes that keep the listener wondering what's comin' next; full instrumental sound and solid lyrics.
Genre: Country: Country Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wisconsin Is My Home
3:08 album only
2. Annaelise
2:58 album only
3. A Snowbird Kind of Man
4:08 album only
4. Pretty Can Get Ugly Fast
3:55 album only
5. To a Rising Sun
2:33 album only
6. I'm Too Good-looking to Be This Old
2:18 album only
7. It's My Turn to Write a Sad Drinking Song
3:31 album only
8. The Morning After the Night Before
3:42 album only
9. Switchback Brandi
2:59 album only
10. Unselfish Voices
3:44 album only


Album Notes
Swanny is America’s newest musical storyteller, and his album, “Swanny’s Got the Blues”(eye color not music style), is a collection of 10 songs written and arranged by him. His mature baritone voice, backed up by full instrumentation, fills your speakers with emotional sounds and solid lyrics and keeps the listener wondering what‘s coming up next. His popularity reaches all age groups, anyone who enjoys spirited music with a kaleidoscope of earth tone experiences.
His deep roots are in the upper Mississippi River bluff country and he feels just at home with a chain saw in his hands, a draw knife debarking trees to build a log cabin, hunting or fishing gear, or a guitar playing and writing songs. His manner is Scandinavian Midwestern calm, with a physical stature and weathered appearance that reveal a man who’s no stranger to the outdoors and physical labor. Swanny, his real name is R. Clarence Swanson, has seldom sat idly by watching life drift away. He‘s been “around the block” many times and done many things. After a hitch in the Marine Corps, and lifting himself from the depths of poverty in unskilled labor, he earned a masters degree in education and for more than two decades was a college psychology instructor in Wisconsin.
Swanny has entertained audiences for years in supper clubs and concerts; while a student, then while a teacher. But now he enters the entertainment realm full-time. Quiet by nature, on stage his powerful voice belts out a song with drama and expression. For not only is he a singer, but an award-winner stage actor. His songwriting is best described as traditional country mixed with blues, but his introduction to music was during the folk singing era of the 60s, especially the crowd pleasing tunes of The Kingston Trio. As commercial folk popularity waned in the early 70s, he made the crossover to folk-rock and then country. But if listened to closely, you can still sense the Trio’s “Worried Man Blues,” “MTA,” or “Scotch and Soda” in his own songs and singing style. When not doing his compositions, he easily moves into those by Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, and other artists. He could pass for Kris Kristofferson’s brother, his songwriting is reminiscent of Gordon Lightfoot or John Denver, and his voice and style border of Waylon Jennings. Yet, the listener soon realizes his uniqueness.
The album’s first selection, “Wisconsin Is My Home,” is a spirited descriptive song about the beauty of his beloved state. Next is the lovely tribute to his granddaughter, “Annaelise.” Then comes a Jimmy Buffet type of song, “A Snowbird Kind of Man,” about a retiree’s retreat from winter’s frozen north to southern tropical warmth, followed by the rollicking rockabilly blues of, “Pretty Can Get Ugly Fast.” It then slows for, “To A Rising Sun,” which deals with the death of a loved one after many years of marriage. The mood quickly lightens with the tongue-in-cheek, “I’m Too Good-Looking to Be This Old.” Two narrative songs then describe devastating effects of alcohol; the traditional country sound of, “It’s My Turn to Write a Sad Drinking Song,” followed by redemption in a country blues style, “The Morning After the Night Before.” Next, fasten your seat belts for a fast movin’, banjo pickin’ ride with “Switchback Brandi,” a Colorado mountain gal who can’t seem to settle down to one man. The album concludes with, “Unselfish Voices,” a highly emotional plea to our country and its leaders, to stop bickering and successfully bring an end to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
If you liked what you heard on this album, be heartened! Swanny’s already working on his next one.



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