The story so far…
“Everybody has a story – a little tragedy, a little glory,” sings Utah country singer Pat Swenson. His story begins at the age of 12, when he first heard Don Williams sing “Good Old Boys Like Me.” That was the moment he knew the country music life was for him. “Something about that song just spoke to me. It changed me somehow, and I remember thinking, ‘that is what I want to do. I want to write songs that stir up this kind of emotion in people.’”
Often our most glorious moments come during our hardest times. Swenson has tried to capture moments like this on his debut album, Helluva Cowboy (released through Sonic Valley Records). The album seamlessly blends introspective, heartfelt country songs like “Living With A Broken Heart” and “Helluva Cowboy” with punchy, energetic songs like “Anything But A Love Song” and “Let Me Be Your Cowboy.” His sound and style have been frequently compared to Garth Brooks, but listeners will hear touches of artists like Brad Paisley, Gary Allan, George Strait, and Eric Church.
“At the heart of it all, it’s really all about the songs for me,” says Swenson. “I just want to write songs that strike an emotional chord in my listeners. Songs they can relate to, songs they can live by. That’s my goal. If I can touch people with my songs, that’s the biggest win for me.”
His musical influences range from classic country artists like Don Williams, Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson, to the hugely impactful Garth Brooks, George Strait and Chris LeDoux, and ultimately to more current and unique artists of today like Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan and Eric Church.