Sarah Swanson | Dark Sunshine

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Dark Sunshine

by Sarah Swanson

This singer-songwriter blends rock and heartbreaking ballads with her haunting voice and soulful, honest songs. A nod to 70's West Coast rock with a bit of an edge, Sarah Swanson is backed by a tasteful and talented band led by guitarist Patrick Thomas.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. After You Move On
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2. Blue
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4:42 album only
3. Not What You Wanted
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5:46 album only
4. Free
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3:57 album only
5. Dance With Me
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5:41 album only
6. Afraid of Everything
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5:17 album only
7. You're My Man
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3:48 album only
8. No Goodbyes
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6:23 album only
9. Everything Changed
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4:37 album only
10. I Know You
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Dark Sunshine is a beautiful blend of heartfelt, honest ballads and edgy 70's inspired rock. Sarah Swanson's haunting voice and captivating style is a strong presence both in recordings and live performances. Her songs on Dark Sunshine are intensely personal and yet still universal to her listeners. The single "FREE" gained wide national airplay with some stations playing this song every day for weeks. All of the songs on this CD received airplay on a variety of commercial and independent radio stations across the country. Several stations featured this artist and CD including Michigan's rock station KLT in Northern Michigan and WDET in Detroit. This CD made it onto the national Americana Music Association charts.

Dark Sunshine was recorded in the acclaimed Michigan studio Big Sky Recording under the direction of Geoff Michael. A high quality recording, Dark Sunshine was intentionally left somewhat raw, warm, and intense rather than erring on overproduction. The band played a tremendous part in the sound, most notably guitarist Patrick Thomas. Other players include Rod Capps on bass and Chuck Mauk on drums (Billy Adams plays drums on FREE and DANCE WITH ME, two of the album favorites). Sarah plays piano on Dark Sunshine including the stripped-down versions of fan favorites I KNOW YOU and AFRAID OF EVERYTHING (the latter originally featured on Sarah Swanson's "Stories" album), both which shed light on the fragile side of life and heartbreak.

Dark Sunshine is unique collection of songs that brings to mind a wide range of artists including Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac, Lucinda Williams, Carole King, Sarah McLachlan, and even Led Zeppelin and Billie Holiday. Dark Sunshine symbolizes both the dark and the light which radiates throughout this collections of songs.


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Michael Gray

A well rounded soulful artist
This CD blends a lot of good artistic influences from Rock, Blues, and on one occasion Country. All songs are well crafted and accessible without being too mainstream or pop oriented. A very listenable album that echos some well know artists such as Stevie Nicks, Sarah Mclachlan and Bonnie Raitt. There are some definite stand out tunes where Sarah Swanson's own unique style rises up to claim her own identity. Notably "Blue", "No Goodbyes" and "Everything Changed" Recommended !

Curt

Great Disk!
Dark Sunshine brings sunshine to my day!

Mary

Dark Sunshine
With engaging lyrics and sophisticated instrumentals, Dark Sunshine is high quality listening!

I totally recommend it!!

Cowgirl in the Sand

This CD rocks!
The only thing better than listening to this CD is hearing Sarah sing the songs on this CD live on stage. I've purchased this CD for myself, my parents, and several of my friends - all with different musical tastes - and everyone has enjoyed it and given it positive reviews.