"Drawing comparisons to Dave Carter and Gillian Welch, as well as folk revival poets like Paul Simon and Cat Stevens."
"Adam Sweeney is a promising young folksinger... he combines intricate acoustic guitar hooks with powerful lyric storytelling."
Adam Sweeney cut his teeth as a songwriter in Portland, Oregon's thriving independent scene. Heavily influenced by local heroes Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Adam's homespun acoustic style, gospel-tinged lyrics and rickety banjo pay tribute to neo-traditional troubadours like Gillian Welch and Josh Ritter, as well as folk revival poets like Paul Simon and Cat Stevens.
Now based out of Somerville, Massachusetts, "Technicolor Halo" is Adam's second full-length album, engineered by acclaimed producer Dave Chalfant (The Nields, Erin McKeown, Winterpills). It features an A-list band of Pioneer Valley folk musicians, including Dave Hower (Winterpills, Nields) on drums, Anand Nayak (Daisy Mayhem) on bass, Jacob Henry Jolliff on mandolin, Jazer Giles on accordion, and Jim Henry on dobro.
The album features nine original songs by Sweeney and opens with a cover of Trevor Reichman's "Doomsday Sunday Sermon", performed with the Primate Fiasco Dixieland band. It also features "Long Road", a duet written for and performed with Adam's own folk heroine Tracy Grammer. The songs wind their way from the local church to the local bar, seamlessly fusing themes of faith and doubt, darkness and light, chosen sinners and runaway saints.