Swear and Shake

Early Show

Swear and Shake

Jillette Johnson

Tue, June 20, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Swear and Shake - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Swear and Shake
“I’ve only seen a few artists bring a room to a hush, only to have their audience hooping and hollering moments later, and these four talented Yankees have joyfully mastered their ability to do so. By the end of the first song, we were out of our seats and upfront. Strangers instantly became neighbors as the entire venue was swept up in the action.” – The Blue Indian

Directly supporting acts like The Lumineers, Delta Rae, American Authors, G. Love and Special Sauce, ZZ Ward, and Greensky Bluegrass, Swear and Shake has gone from city to city connecting people in the same way: by taking listeners on a ride through heart-wrenching ballads, only to pick it up on the next song with something people can dance to and lose themselves in completely.

Though both Kari Spieler (guitar, vocals) and Adam McHeffey (guitar, banjo, vocals) performed regularly around the campus of SUNY Purchase College, it wasn't until the final weeks of their senior year in 2010 that they met and recorded "Johnnie," a song Swear and Shake performs to this day.

The bedroom demo of "Johnnie" began to circulate, finding its way to Shaun Savage, who played bass with McHeffey all through high school, and Benny Goldstein, a fellow student at SUNY Purchase, who would later produce Maple Ridge, and ultimately come to be the full-time drummer for the band.

In August of 2014 the band released its third set of recordings, "Ain't That Lovin'." In November of 2014 the band will be relocating to Nashville, TN, to begin writing and recording their next full-length record, and to plan their next headlining tour for 2015.
Jillette Johnson - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Jillette Johnson
With her nuanced lyricism and shapeshifting vocals, Nashville-based singer/songwriter/pianist Jillette Johnson is the rare artist who needs little sonic accompaniment to make an indelible impact. Produced by Dave Cobb (the Grammy Award-winner known for his work with Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson), Johnson’s sophomore album All I Ever See in You Is Me offers up sparsely orchestrated songs centering on her spirited piano work and graceful vocal command. Like only the most timeless songwriters, Johnson finds infinite depth within that simplicity, tapping into her quiet intensity and classic sensibilities to capture the subtlest of feelings.

Recorded at RCA Studio A—the historic Nashville space where Dolly Parton laid down “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” in the same three-hour span—All I Ever See in You Is Me bears an unhurried pace and warm intimacy that echoes the purposeful looseness of its production. “We didn’t overthink anything—we just went in and tracked the songs live and stuck with our instincts, then drank a lot of tequila when we were done,” says Johnson. “It wasn’t a high-pressure situation at all, and because of that there’s a humanity to the album that feels really good to me.”

At the same time, All I Ever See in You Is Me unfolds with an eloquence that reveals Johnson’s natural sophistication as a songwriter. Drifting between hazy romanticism and resolute self-awareness, the album examines heartbreak and resilience with a willful vulnerability. From song to song, Johnson heightens that emotionality with the ever-changing texture of her voice, an instrument that’s irresistibly powerful whether she’s belting out a refrain or whispering a hushed melody.

On “Bunny”—the starkly arranged opening track to All I Ever See in You Is Me—Johnson’s soulful voice climbs and descends as she details her lifelong determination to create music that’s true to her heart. “I’ve been making music since I was a little kid, and it’s always just been about the fact that I love writing songs and playing them for people,” says Johnson, who’s now 27. “‘Bunny’ is about reminding myself of that, and remembering that—no matter what happens—I’ll always have the ability to keep doing this thing that I love so much.”
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com