The majority of local working bands may be playing blues standards to death, but that's no reason to start digging a grave for the blues itself. It becomes apparent that innovating without shaking the foundations of the genre is still possible when one hears the original blues, soul and roots rock of the Patrick Sweany Band. Purists will agree that Sweany and his men accurately portray the heart of each form's charms while creating something completely unique and new. Those purists will also wonder how a 29-year-old white boy from Akron got such a rich, robust, blues sound.
Frederick's Music Lounge is not in Soulard (and isn't dirty), but it can get smoky. This week Sweany (and his band) pop in for a pit stop there while en route to Clarksdale, Mississippi, to record the follow-up to the critically acclaimed henryfordbedroom LP. If you might go out to see some blues this week, the PSB packs enough originality to convince the blues-weariest St. Louisan that the thrill is not necessarily gone.