On Friday night, a volunteer announced from the Main Stage of the Coca-Cola Foothills Festival that someone had come all the way from Melbourne, Australia.He said he would buy a drink if anyone had …
On Friday night, a volunteer announced from the Main Stage of the Coca-Cola Foothills Festival that someone had come all the way from Melbourne, Australia.
He said he would buy a drink if anyone had come farther. No one else appeared to make a claim.
The crowd gave a rousing hand to the Australian, who was introduced to the crowd. It turned out to be alternative country artist Andrew Swift, who made a big first impression on the country music world when he became a Toyota Star Maker grand finalist in that nation.
Swift, 34, is signed with the independent record label Social Family Records,and is set to sing at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville on Sept. 11. He has also been No. 1 on the iTunes Country Album and ARIA Country Album charts with his recent album, "Call Out For the Calvary," according to his Facebook page. His single out now is "King of the Sky."
"I went on a little road trip to the Foothills Festival Jasper, Alabama to see one of my favourite bands for the first time and let me tell you that The SteelDrivers did not disappoint! They killed it!," he said on Instagram, showing a photo of himself with the group.
In a brief interview as The SteelDrivers set began Friday night, Swift said that this was his first time to see the group and he was going to be in Nashville anyway - and that it was worth the trip to come out of his way.
"I saw they were playing three hours down the road, so here I am," he said. "I've been listening to them for maybe the past four or five years. I love them. I play some of their songs when I'm performing."
He also gave a very positive review of Jasper on a first impression.
"I pulled up and walked down from the other end. This is my first time in Alabama," he said. "It's the first Alabama town I've seen. I walked through and I loved it. It is a beautiful little town, and the atmosphere is just fantastic. I'm glad to be here."
Swift noted he is nominated "for a couple of awards" at the Josie Music Awards, an independent music awards show, and he had to go to Dollywood the next day for the award ceremony. The ceremony's website notes he is up for Male Artist of the Year (Modern Country) among 35 nominees, as well as Entertainer of the Year (Male Artist/Modern Country), with 19 nominees.