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ANCIENT WISDOM

Patrick Sweany has spent two decades bringing roots music to modern audiences. Now, as he shares his seventh studio album, Ancient Noise, with the world, we chat to the guitarist about his ‘secret life’ as blues fan, recording in Sam Phillips’ studio and what it was like having a young Dan Auerbach in his band…

PATRICK SWEANY

For his entire adult life, Patrick Sweany has been sharing his love of blues and folk music with the masses, but he wasn’t always quite so comfortable spreading the Americana gospel. As a kid growing up in Massillon, Ohio in the 1980s, a young Patrick found that his peers weren’t quite so enthusiastic about his passion for that old-time music…

“I was at football practice as a ninth grader, about 14, and I had this recording of the remaining Crickets – Buddy Holly’s band – playing Little Richard’s Keep A Knockin’,” chuckles the now 44-yearold Sweany. “I had just found it on a compilation or something, but the guitar riff was just killer! He’s playing away in A on that low E string – I thought that was the heaviest, most rockin’ thing.

“So I played it to my friends at practice and they were like, [disgusted] ‘That sounds like country!’ And I was like, ‘Well, this is over! No one is going to learn about my Ian & Sylvia and Gordon Lightfoot obsession! My blues life will remain a secret!’”

If Patrick’s passion for old-school folk and blues seems out of step with what your average teenager was listening to at the time, it’s not for good reason – while he enjoyed the likes of Poison, Metallica and Slayer, he owes both his formative musical education and his passion for guitar playing to his father.

“My father is a guitar player and a folk musician,” Patrick explains. “He played in the folk group in church – he would rehearse there, and then after he and the other guitar player in the group would play things like Railroad Bill and Gordon Lightfoot songs… and I thought that was amazing.

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The September 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now! This month we find out if Marshall’s wallet-friendly new Origin series delivers what everyone has been waiting for from the legendary British amp brand. We also tip our hats to the 10 greatest Marshall tones in rock history and find out how they were made – Messrs Clapton and Hendrix feature heavily but there are one or two surprises, too... Originators and trailblazers are something of a theme in this month’s mag – inside you’ll also find interviews with Doors star Robby Krieger, a celebration of the genius of Seth Lover and a close-up and personal look at the solidbody electric that started it all: a 1950 Fender Broadcaster. Elsewhere in gear we round-up the best products from the recent Summer NAMM show in Nashville and review a pile of great new products from Rick Turner, Stone Deaf, Lowden, Eastman and more. As if all that wasn’t enough there are three fantastic competitions, giving you he chance to win a Fender Player Stratocaster, House Of Tone pickups and a luxury Pinegrove strap. Get your copy of the September 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine today...