In the late summer of 2011 a young, but wise music publisher introduced a phenomenally talented singer-songwriter to an extremely handsome songwriter-producer. The publisher had a simple goal: to extract radio ready, licensable songs in the vain of the Kills & The Black Keys. What the talented and handsome duo produced was nothing like what they were asked for, but far exceeded their own and their publisher friend’s expectations.
The aforementioned singer-songwriter is Alana Sweetwater, a brutally honest lyricist and unique and powerful vocalist. Raised by Jewish Hippies in the desert, Alana had an early appreciation for all things spiritual, from God to poetry, and the Grateful Dead to peyote. Alana’s talents eventually brought her to Los Angeles, where she became a staple at venerable clubs like Hotel Café, and on the road @ SXSW. Alana also flirted with major label record deals and big time managers, but fortunately, had the sense of integrity to keep those flirtations brief enough that she would stay a poor, struggling artist, in need of partnership with a handsome young producer. Said producer is Scott Feldman, a multi-instrumentalist from NY with a great feel for live instrumentation and arrangement with pop sensibilities. Scott moved from the mean streets of Long Island to Los Angeles in 2005, he has since toured as a keyboard player, guitar player, backup vocalist and musical director in the US & Asia. Scott now runs a small independent production company whose clients include Sony, Magnolia Pictures, www.earbits.com & dozens of independent artists & filmmakers.
So Alana and Scott set out to deliver a very specific product. After 5 hrs, 12 cigarettes and ½ bottle of Glenlivet 12 yr old scotch, their first song was written; this song was “Since You Went Away”. The writing team was ecstatic with their first effort and after getting positive feedback from their publisher and other trusted industry insiders, they knew they were onto something special. Scott’s goal was to write and produce a full record in his home studio and make $1 billion in licensing…Alana had other plans. Her passion for performance and band camaraderie helped the two of them realize that this needed to be a group with a live component, not a studio project, the face of which never saw the light of day. With that said, they would need some additional musicianship.
Scott’s background as a musical director gave him some access to young enthusiastic musicians, looking for a shot. Enter Caleb Hill & Brett Peloquin; the drummer and bassist respectively, while youthful, are amongst the finest and tightest rhythm sections in Los Angeles. Caleb, an MI graduate and current drum teaching assistant at the same school is a Nashville native versed in all styles with absolutely incomparable feel. His motto: “screw fills, just groove”. Brett, a supremely creative bassist is a Costa Mesa native, who in addition to studying funk, jazz, blues and flamenco on the bass is an extremely competent, writer, arranger, singer and guitar player. After playing as hired guns in a previous of Scott’s projects, the two gladly accepted a role as the backbone of a new project, Sweetwater & The Satisfaction. Both were extremely instrumental in the arrangement of all of the songs on the band’s upcoming, full length album and are credited writers on several of the tracks.
The band, while in it’s infancy is prepared for a long and prosperous ride through adolescence and adulthood. Sweetwater and the Satisfaction have played a handful of packed shows in LA, including their record release show at The Bootleg Theater on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 The eponymous debut release was made available the same week.