#1 iTunes Country Album
#7 iTunes Overall Album
#3 ARIA Country Albums Chart
#12 ARIA Australian Albums Chart
#13 ARIA Digital Albums Chart
#3 AIR Independent Label Albums Chart
The brand new album from Americana/Alt-Country artist, Andrew Swift was released on March 2, earning itself a #3 posi on the ARIA Country Albums Chart and AIR Independent Label Albums Chart. Call Out For the Cavalry is out via Social Family Records and available on CD and digital.
To celebrate the release of the album, Swift is set to do another run of East Coast shows with some special guests joining him along the way, including label mate, touring buddy and 2018 Golden Guitar finalist, Gretta Ziller.
March 2018 Tour Dates
Thursday 29th | The Shearing Shed, Cowes VIC
Friday 30th | Marlo Ocean Views Caravan Park, Marlo VIC w/ Gretta Ziller & Clint Wilson
Saturday 31st | Eden Beachfront Caravan Park, Eden NSW w/ Gretta Ziller & Clint Wilson
April 2018 Tour Dates
Sunday 1st | Mallacoota Foreshore Caravan Park, Mallacoota VIC w/ Gretta Ziller & Clint Wilson
Saturday 7th | Next Level Ceres, Echuca VIC
Sunday 8th | Tumut River Brewing Co, Tumut NSW
Thursday 12th | The Milk Factory, Brisbane QLD w/ Emma Beau & Anais Campbell Tix: www.themilkfactorybar.com.au
Friday 13th | Ricks Garage, Palmwoods QLD w/ Hayley Marsten
Saturday 14th | Royal Hotel, Gympie QLD w/ Hayley Marsten
Sunday 15th | Rainforest Ranch, Byfield QLD w/ Hayley Marsten
Monday 16th | Captain Cook Holiday Village, Seventeen Seventy QLD w/ Hayley Marsten
Thursday 17th | The Pig & Tinder Box, Tamworth NSW
Friday 20th | Two Goats Cafe & Baa, Armidale NSW
Saturday 21st | Fox Den Cafe, Gloucester NSW
Sunday 22nd | Stag & Hunter Hotel, Mayfield NSW w/ Ben Leece
Call Out For The Cavalry is a debut album, of sorts – not Swift’s first album, but his first alt-country record. After feeling like he was drifting on the ocean, waiting for inspiration to appear, Swift thought he was adrift, a little lost, but coastline appeared in the form of his new love, country and Americana music. His songwriting was invigorated and new music flowed from and around him, and it clearly fits him like a glove.
One would think from listening to assured tracks like Reckless Desires and Ball & Chain, that Swift has been plying his trade in the Australian alt-country scene since he picked up a guitar, but this is new territory for Swift and he’s quickly acclimatised.
Swift made a big first impression on the country music world when he became a Toyota Star Maker grand finalist. He also teamed up with respected Americana songwriter Gretta Ziller and the pair took their show of songs and storytelling on tour to caravan parks along the East Coast of New South Wales and Victoria, en route to Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2017 and 2018. Swift has also supported the likes of Shane Nicholson, Catherine Britt, Amber Lawrence, Adam Eckersley, and Lachlan Bryan.
When the time came to record the new album, there was no shortage of country music “cavalry” that flocked to Swift’s side. Under the guidance of sought-after producer Matt Fellat Sydney’s Love HZ studio was a band that included guitarist Glen Hannah, drummerJosh Schuberth, Fell himself on bass, guitars, keys and percussion, Hammond organist and Adam Eckersley Band member Dan Biederman and Sam Hawksley on lap steel. Amongst Swift’s guest vocalists are Catherine Britt, Gretta Ziller and Katie Brianna, with the album mastered in Los Angeles by Pete Lyman, whose credits include Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell.
With Swift at its core, Call Out For the Cavalry is a remarkable songbook that shifts in mood and subject matter, blurring the songwriter’s own experiences with deft flourishes of fiction. Swift’s songs often counter his inherent wistfulness, melancholy or self-deprecation, with robust, jubilant melodies. Reckless Desires, a stand-out amongst a record of stand-outs, tells the story of a bloke whose ship has sailed, left only to recall how good things used to be. Upbeat opener Runaway Train examines Swift’s commitment issues, delivered with wry humour and infectious instrumentation.
While Call Out For the Cavalry weaves Swift’s own life with layers of imagination, there’s no hiding the starkly personal King of the Sky, the record’s poignant finale. “I was very close to my uncle when I was a kid, he filled the role of my Dad once my folks split,” Swift says. “He was a pilot and passed away in a crash when I was nine. This song is written around the memory of finding out the news, my reaction and the haze or fog that comes over you during something like that.”
Across the 10 impressive songs is a recurring theme, an observation of our need for sage advice or a shoulder to cry on. Call Out for the Cavalry acknowledges that a rallying cry is so often warranted, but often unvoiced. “There are songs that describe situations where help could be used,” explains Swift, “from bad decisions in Runaway Train, Reckless Desires, and Blood Moon High, to uncontrollable circumstances like King Of The Sky and even where help was sought out and ignored in the Devil & His Sin.”
It seems Swift’s days of drifting may be over. Buoyed by the passionate and supportive country music scene, shore won’t ever be so far away.
01 Runaway Train
02 Reckless Desires
04 The Devil & His Sin
06 Fire & Ice (feat Catherine Britt)
07 Ball & Chain
08 Unforgiven Sins
09 Blood Moon High
10 King of the Sk