Independent blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Adam Sweet released his second studio album ‘Sink or Swim’ on 11th September 2020. It marks Adam’s evolution into a fully-fledged blues rock artist, cementing his own unique blend of blue-eyed blues and soulful southern rock. With honest tales of loss, longing, hope and strength in the face of adversity ‘Sink or Swim’ reflects the struggles we all face in these most uncertain and fragile times.
‘Sink or Swim’ showcases a fresh sound for Adam that has developed from working closely with new band members Ian Jennings on bass and Garry Kroll on drums. Recorded with producer Josiah J Manning at Momentum Studios, Plymouth, the album captures the raw energy and excitement of the band whilst always serving the richly detailed songs crafted by Adam and co-writer Steve Black. With brooding ballads and rollicking rootsy rock ‘Sink or Swim’ will see him continue to carve out his own territory between classic rock, blues and Americana.
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 a record five times on the Acoustic Stage at Upton Blues Festival.
Adam’s new look 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 recording credits include Mark Ronson, Joss Stone, Sandi Thom 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 and the Jazz Jurassica Festival supporting Laurence Jones.
'Sink or Swim' Album Reviews
“There is an honesty and integrity to Sweet's delivery that is very compelling and avoids obvious cliché. The songs are skilfully constructed and often take surprising lyrical and structural turns. Many of the songs and arrangements have all the usual and expected elements of familiar blues-rock, but Sweet always manages to add something surprising and different to the work, making this one of the most enjoyable recordings I've come across this year” - Fatea Magazine
"Stellar roots rockin!" - Pete Feenstra
"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
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“For fans of good'n'steady raw blues-rock with great guitar tone and the 'solid of solid' rhythm sections. The rhythm section was tracked live in the studio, my favourite way to do it where possible. All the vibes!” - Josiah J Manning (producer)
“’Like It or Not’ cements Adam’s reputation for delivering some of the sweetest blues this side of the Mississippi. Its modern sentiments come wrapped in a retro sound cloud of wailing guitar and swirling organ which had me hankering after simpler times.” - 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
"Adam Sweet is a master at deftly balancing richly detailed songwriting with intensely emotional, soulful vocals and expertly piercing guitar work." - Alan Cackett
"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 (July 2014)
- Guitar Techniques Magazine