Independent guitarist and singer-songwriter Adam Sweet has marked his evolution into a fully-fledged blues-rock artist with the release of his latest studio album ‘Sink or Swim’. With brooding ballads and rollicking rootsy rock he delivers honest tales of loss, longing, hope and strength in the face of adversity.
Taking his cue from the British blues boom sounds of Free and early Fleetwood Mac, married to the driving guitar style of Rory Gallagher and the sweet sounds of Little Feat and the Allman Brothers, Adam has spent the last decade carving out his own territory between classic rock, blues and Americana. Working in various guises: solo acoustic, session player and with his own band he has developed the consummate ability to switch from sensitive singer-songwriter to full-on blues rocker with ease, as demonstrated in his countless live performances and his output as a recording artist.
His debut album ‘Small Town Thinking’ was praised by Guitar Techniques Magazine for offering a “whole new perspective on the blues”. The stripped back acoustic EP that followed, ‘Take Your Time’, perfectly captured the essence of his acclaimed one-man shows. ‘Sink or Swim’ sees Adam return to his blues-rock roots with a timeless showcase of Adam’s expressive vocals and expertly piercing guitar work, cementing his unique blend of blue-eyed blues and soulful southern rock.
The new album has received extensive radio play spending two months in the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Top 40 chart and was listed in the Top 3 Breakthrough Albums of 2020 by ‘Get Ready To ROCK’ and included in the Best Americana Albums of 2020 by Dutch music blogger ‘Slim Chance’.
Notes to Bookers, Promoters and Venues
Adam is nothing if not versatile. He performs acoustically as a solo artist in his own right and as a support act, as a duo with double bass, or with his full power trio, Adam Sweet Band. Please get in touch to discuss.
Adam’s acclaimed solo acoustic performances with just his Hummingbird guitar and stomp box for company have seen him play every kind of venue, from the most intimate house concerts and bar rooms to theatres and festivals across the UK and into mainland Europe. In this format he has supported dozens of bands and artists from Blues, Folk and Americana genres including Dr Feelgood, Sari Schorr, Laurence Jones, Beth Rowley, Martin Taylor, Cara Dillon, Chantel McGregor, Elles Bailey and Wille & the Bandits. Festival appearances in this format have included Tenby Blues, Gloucester Blues, Trowbridge Folk, Sidmouth Folk and five times on the Acoustic Stage at Upton Blues Festival.
Adam’s trio adds a powerful rhythm section featuring two of the best in the business…
Ian Jennings on electric and upright bass is a stalwart of the British Blues scene, whose CV boasts the likes of Jeff Beck, Robert Plant, Carl Perkins, Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood and Mark Knopfler, to name just a few.
Alongside Ian is Garry Kroll on drums, who is currently one of the UK’s most in demand session players and his touring and recording credits include Mark Ronson, Joss Stone, Sandi Thom, Elles Bailey and Andrea Bocelli!
Adam has played a number of club and festival shows with this band lineup since 2018 including the main stage at Upton Blues Festival, Jazz Jurassica Festival, Ocean City Blues n jazz Festival, Beer Blues Festival Broadstairs Blues Bash and more. In March 2022 Adam and his band will be playing two nights at the Exeter Phoenix opening for the Kris Barras Band as part of their UK tour.
"One of the most promising acts I've seen in a while. Not the usual formula blues/rock, this guy offers something just a little bit different with hooky songs, great playing and a decent vocal. I WILL be keeping an eye on this guy's progress and catching him again as soon as I can" - Alan Bates (live review)
“Sink or Swim is a stunning album." - Alan Cackett
"Adam Sweet is an undiscovered gem and “Sink or Swim” is a real showcase for his talents lyrically, musically, and vocally." 9/10 - Maximum Volume Music
“Loud-and-proud blues-rock " - RnR Magazine
"If you love your vintage rock you’ll struggle to find any kind of fault with Sink or Swim.” - Slim Chance
“There is an honesty and integrity to Sweet's delivery that is very compelling and avoids obvious cliché. One of the most enjoyable recordings I've come across this year” - Fatea Magazine
"Stellar roots rockin!" - Pete Feenstra
"What runs through the core of all of these songs is a strong sense of authenticity and absolutely honesty that, along with the excellent riff work, is utterly infectious." - Listen with Monger
"A singer songwriter who has the chops, the phrasing and evocative songs to make ‘Sink Or Swim’ a splendid example of contemporary roots rock." - Get Ready to Rock
“’Like It or Not’ cements Adam’s reputation for delivering some of the sweetest blues this side of the Mississippi.” - Jazz Jurassica
“With Adam providing suitably laid back vocals and a divine guitar solo this is pretty much flawless, you could leave it on repeat all day and never tire of it.” - w21 Music
“A very talented young man who's not quite getting the credit he deserves at the moment. He's right up there with Connor Selby and a few others. I like it Adam!” - Harry Simpson (Still Got the Blues Radio Show / Saltburn Blues Club)
“Adam's gift is timeless, and his is the sort of voice you'll want to live with, the sort that'll only get deeper and stronger as the years wear on.” - The Blues Magazine
“He is simply among the most original and visionary young musicians currently on the cusp of widespread discovery.” - Alan Cackett
“Adam Sweet’s one of those undiscovered talents that, if there were any justice, would have been swept up by Jools Holland’s researchers long ago.” - Acoustic Magazine
"The vocals are just beautiful. If you haven't heard 'Take Your Time' then we invite you to take your time & listen again!" - BBC Introducing in Devon
"It may be a blues album but there is so much originality in the feel of the songs and playing that it offers a whole new perspective on the genre. We urge you to check this out!" ***** - Album of the Month -
- Guitar Techniques Magazine