REVIEW: The Swon Brothers in South Florida
‘S wonderful! ‘S marvelous! That’s what rang through my head as I watched The Swon Brothers tear up the South Florida Fair stage during their “Swoncert” (try saying that … it rolls right off the tongue) in front of a rowdy crowd. After seeing The Swon Brothers live, this much is clear – these boys were born to be on stage.
The Voice Season 4 Finalists, Zach and Colton Swon, spent their show covering songs ranging from country to classic rock to classic country rock. The boys barreled through the starting line with a cover of Randy Houser‘s “How Country Feels” and quickly transitioned into the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band‘s “Fishin’ In the Dark” (much to our amazing photographer friend, Sara Kauss‘, excitement). The guys manifested their uncanny abilities to harmonize with one another without ever making evident that one brother’s vocal prowess is any more superior than the other.
The Brothers Swon continued onward, setting the tone for the rest of the show by explaining that the fans chose their set list using social media. This led into a cover of Darius Rucker‘s “Wagon Wheel,” the opening notes of which were met with thunderous applause and yelps of enthusiasm from the crowd. After receiving an immeasurable amount of audience participation with this song, we were introduced to The Swon Brothers’ merchandise, which includes, but is not limited to, “swoozies” (koozies) and “Swoncert” t-shirts.
The Swonsational siblings also paid tribute to one of their biggest influences, The Eagles. Instead of performing every single song from the iconic group’s catalog, the country rockin’ bros performed “I Can’t Tell You Why,” as well as a medley of “Witchy Woman,” “Lying Eyes,” “Already Gone,” and “Take It To the Limit.”
One of the best moments of the night, in my humble opinion, was the Swontastic cover of The Charlie Daniels Band “Devil Went Down to Georgia” that nixed the fiddle and opted for the electric guitar instead. Additionally, to replace certain lyrics, Zach and Colton broke into Kiss’ “I Wanna Rock & Roll All Night.” The thought that swam through my mind … why isn’t this version of the song available for me to download?
Before giving the crowd the song they had been eagerly anticipating all night (The Swon Brothers’ first single), the Oklahomans performed Merle Haggard’s “Okie From Muskogee.” It is important to note here that the Swons were extremely interactive with the audience, throwing merchandise into the crowd, taking selfies with audience members (a picture of which is provided below), cracking jokes (especially about one another), posing for photos, complimenting their The Voice coach, Blake Shelton, and, during their ode to Oklahoma, even brought a fan on stage. This fan, who introduced herself as Katie, was also present for Cassadee Pope’s recent show, standing up front, singing every song, and having the time of her life. I was thrilled to see this devoted fan get the love she received from the boys. Colton explained that he is trying to replace his brother and that Katie should sing with him so they can accomplish the Tim and Faith thing. Katie did an admirable job singing with Colton, despite her initial hesitancy to take the mic!
The Swondrous duo closed their show with their first single, “Later On,” which went to #1 on iTunes within twenty-four hours of its release. The audience jumped to its feet and loudly sang every word of this chart-climbing track. The guys received a standing ovation as they said goodnight, but, in true superstar fashion, they returned to the stage for a brief encore. The talented siblings bid farewell to West Palm Beach with a cover of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “American Girl.”
Immediately following the show, the down-to-earth duo made it a point to meet and greet every single fan that decided to stay and wait for his/her chance to shake the hands of these party (country) rockin’ guys. The Swon Brothers left behind an impression of appreciation, modesty, dedication, and insane talent, and played a show for South Floridians that will be talked about in the years to come. If I know one thing about The Swon Brothers following this event, it is that they certainly know how to throw a party, and I plan to be a ticket-holding guest of any party thrown by these boys for the long haul!
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