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July 15, 2017 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
With a sound characterized by deft guitar picking and a raw, haunting voice, Northampton, MA-based singer-songwriter Mikey Sweet connects with listeners’ hearts through the simple universal power of song. With a sound described as song-centric folk-Americana, Sweet writes in the tradition of American storytelling shaped by such legends as Prine, Towns Van Zandt and Springsteen. Revealing a vulnerability rarely seen on stage, Sweet weaves themes of hope and redemption through the apocalyptic backdrop of his songs like a silk thread, evoking an emotional intensity that cannot help but affect the listener.
Self-described as a “haunting fingerprint a young lost traveler of the American landscape,” Sweet’s personal history informs all of his song writing. His cryptic lyrics pay autobiographic homage to the duality between the freedom and the isolation inherent in the transient life (although none of these songs are about him, as he’s known to say with a smirk). The confessional quality of Sweet’s poetry brings fresh nuance to the ancient art of storytelling as the troubled troubadour conjures images of the less than romantic edge of the road dog life. Says Deb Hebert of Blue Bird Reviews, “Most compelling [is Sweet’s] skill for translating matters of the heart in such a way the lesson learned is universal, a trait that parallels some of our generations greatest storytellers in Springsteen, Hiatt and Browne.”