An affable bard of the road, a soulful troubadour, a heavily tattooed mountain of a man with a penchant for touring in tiny caravans – Andrew Swift is many things. Something he can never be accused of is complacency. His prolific and well-deserved accolades - accumulated in healthy succession since his 2017 turn as Finalist in the prestigious Toyota Star Maker competition - are testament to his extraordinary work ethic and prodigious talent. With 2018's Call Out For The Cavalry scoring Swift two CMAA Golden Guitars, his latest album The Art Of Letting Go has gained Swift a further two nominations, for Male Artist of the Year and Alt Country Album of the year, at the 50th CMAA Golden Guitar Awards in 2022 and has already racked up four top 10 singles, 2 CMT #1s as well as debuting #1 on the ARIA Australian Country chart and #25 over all genres.
Embraced whole-heartedly by Australia’s country music scene, Swift's musical background speaks to an unexpectedly diverse journey. A shuffle played, genre defying, jukebox of wild assortment - Swift’s creative resume covers not only alt-country sub-genre staples such as Americana and bluegrass; but also power-pop, punk-rock and indie. A far cry from the fully formed, self assured sweetheart of Tamworth we know and love today. And yet, once aware of this smorgasbord of creative influence, it’s hard for the listener to unhear the coming together of unbridled grit and pop sensibilities punching through the soaring melodies and proficient song craft.
Swift’s curious nature has arguably influenced his output. 2018’s #1 ARIA Australian Country debut Call Out For The Cavalry launched Swift as an undeniably accomplished storyteller. Touring the album that spoke of Runaway Trains and Reckless Desires, Swift hit the road ferociously with some of the biggest names in Australian country. Sharing stages with The Wolfe Brothers, Catherine Britt and Shannon Noll to name just a few, Swift continued to hone his craft picking up new influences along his travels.
Swift’s 2021 release The Art Of Letting Go demonstrates this evolution of Swift as an artist. Produced by the mighty Matt Fell (Shane Nicholson, Fanny Lumsden) and written in collaboration with a wealth of international talent, the album is drenched throughout with rich sonic textures exuding equal parts gut-wrenching heartache and limitless joy. A powerful document of love, longing and loss the record includes hit singles Head Full of Honey, Say The Word feat. Cass Hopetoun, Right On Down & Never Meant To Break Your Heart.
Now with two lauded albums under his belt Swift has established himself as a force to be reckoned with. Described as “... an Australian songwriting heavyweight - with a powerfully evocative voice to match” by Country Update, Swift continues to enthral. However, aside from the musical recognition Swift is a man who cares deeply and cares genuinely; appointed Official Ambassador for Gundagai’s iconic Tuckerbox Dog in 2019, this accolade speaks volumes as to the substance of the man. It reminds you that for every barnstorming belter of a song Swift releases it’s the little details in life that matter - these nuggets of humility along the way that are remembered. Swift is a damn good musician; but he’s also a damn good man.
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