The singer and songwriter known as Stan Swanson has released his latest EP record, “Driving Down to Eden.” The EP is composed of four original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 14 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release on the Stony Meadow Records music label. Generally found online listed in the contemporary folk category, Swanson's “Driving Down to Eden” is a purely American record colored brightly with earnest storytelling and a dash of rock 'n' roll.
That Swanson's music should fall into the folk genre makes sense. He lists as main artistic influences Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Patty Larkin, Bob Lind, and the Beatles. Like the best folk artists, however, his overall timbre is his own and he sounds like no one but himself. As a songwriter with decades of experience playing his own music, this also seems intuitive. Swanson began writing music at the age of 13 in the 1960s.
“I write songs that speak to me on a personal level,” he explains. “Some have deeper messages than others. I mean, every songwriter writes about falling in love as well as falling out of love. And, yes, I have written my fair share of those. But I also relate to the folk music of the sixties which was a great era for songs that had something special to say.”
Like some of the best loved folk tunes of that epoch, however, there's more to Swanson's sound than the traditional folk pattern.
“I am a very eclectic songwriter and although I feel my roots are in the folk genre, my songs take me in every direction possible.”
Swanson's inclination to diverge from typical modes of folk music is a reflection of his own multifaceted nature. While 'Driving Down to Eden” is his most widely distributed album to date, he is also the published author of several popular books available online.
Swanson writes, “I split most of my time between writing novels and performing. I have written eight books and am working on a couple more.”
Nevertheless, fiction can only satisfy his muse by so much.
“I've played in many groups and bands and then went solo for awhile. I left the music scene for several years, but that magical pull finally brought me back. There's nothing quite like it.”
“Driving Down to Eden” by Stan Swanson is available online worldwide.
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