Massillon's Patrick Sweany has signed with Boston's Nine Mile Records, making the Lime Spider's resident bluesman the first non-New England act for the roots label as it pushes for a national presence.
"Patrick seemed like a natural fit," says Nine Mile President Rick Pierk, who met Sweany while touring with Los Diablos. "He's clearly steeped in blues traditions, but he's not simply a revivalist. Unless [major modern blues labels] Fat Possum or Tone Cool snatch him up, I definitely see this as a long-term relationship."
The deal is for one album, though Nine Mile has helped Sweany repackage his two previous albums. Pierk says the label will press 2,000 copies of Sweany's new C'mon C'mere initially, followed by active press and radio support, and European release.
"Nobody wanted to help us get nice gigs or sell records, unless we were already getting nice gigs and selling lots of records," says Sweany, explaining why he took the deal. "Rick was one of the only people who wanted to build on what we already had."
· Welcome to Bangkok's full-length debut has been pushed back, and its April 14 appearance at the Beachland Tavern will no longer be a CD-release party.
· Industrial metal band Planet Killswitch has changed its name to PKS and plans to release its third CD, tentatively titled The Darkening Season, this summer. The band plays the Good Friday Fallout Mass festival Friday, April 14, at Peabody's (2083 East 21st Street.)
· Mary Bridget Davies' eponymous blues band has canceled a series of shows while the Cleveland singer travels to Europe to perform a series of concerts with Big Brother and the Holding Company.
· Akron-Cleveland all-female rock band Sugar has split. Singer D. Cruise is playing similar melodic hard rock with a new lineup and plans to continue using the name Sugar. Sugar mark II (www.myspace.com/sugarcoatedrock) is recording with Akron producer Jeff Beck, aiming for a late summer release. The other three former Sugar players are continuing as Rebel Girl (myspace.com/RebelGirlRock), with guitarist Rose Khuel (ex-Cherry Bomb) on vocals. After a series of Vans Warped Tour dates in Salt Lake City, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, and California, Rebel Girl plans to re-record its debut album, 11 After, without Cruise's vocals. Rebel Girl plays the Phantasy Nite Club (11802 Detroit Avenue) Friday, April 14.
· The TwistOffs have reformed and will play Cleveland for the first time in three years Friday, April 14, at the House of Blues (308 Euclid Avenue). The horn-driven rock octet's new lineup is wrapping an album, its first since 1998, and planning a fall release.
· 92.3 FM's The Metal Show will welcome Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfield's Slave to the System for an intimate performance at Track Six Recording (7704 Madison Avenue) Sunday, April 16. Tickets are available via www.themetalshow.com.
· Earth, Wind & Fire drummer Sonny Emory will spend an evening at George's Drum Shop (2091 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls) Monday, April 17, performing, signing autographs, and giving demonstrations.
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