Alana Sweetwater Band

Alana Sweetwater Band

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She has the passion and intensity of Janis Joplin, the emotion of Stevie Nicks, and the showmanship of Gwen Stephani, plus a little of the rock and roll grit of PJ Harvey.

Biography

Alana Sweetwater…….Here she comes

Alana Sweetwater is a songwriter who grew up in the mountains of Tucson, Arizona. She is a dynamic talent with a gift for making a strong connection through her music, by giving voice to the human experience in a way that is profound, intense, and sometimes quite humorous. It is a beautiful combination of all the right ingredients that make Alana Sweetwater a completely original, and deeply compelling artist. It's almost impossible to articulate what it's like to see Alana Sweetwater perform. She has the passion and intensity of Janis Joplin, the emotion of Stevie Nicks, and the showmanship of Gwen Stephani, plus a little of the rock and roll grit of PJ Harvey. Sweetwater posses a charisma, an uncanny ability to hold the attention of an audience. She is every bit the story teller, grounded, earthy , raw, vulnerable, and wildly entertaining.

The home where Alana grew up was a commune of sorts with a constant stream of wayward travelers coming and going. She was raised surrounded by shamans, hippies, gypsies and Native Americans, which helped to enrich the fertile ground for Alana's budding creativity. At twelve years old, she received her first guitar and found it to be the perfect vehicle to help her write songs. By the time she was 16, she had formed her first band, written over 100 songs and was performing at local venues. She recorded her first album entitled, "Hope for the Living," and started playing all around the country in venues like, The House of Blues, and The Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles, California, The Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado and The South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Later, she released her second album, "From Behind the Veil." Tucson embraced the young songwriter, where she received regular radio airplay. The Tucson Weekly even wrote a five-page article about her life and music. Still living in the town she was born in, Alana began to feel complacent and craved change, ultimately choosing to leave Tucson for Los Angeles.

When Alana Arrived in Los Angeles, she had $80 and a place to stay for three days. In little time, she was playing many of the most prestigious clubs. She placed two songs in a Jim Wilson Film (director of "Dances with Wolves" and "Waterworld") called WhirlyGirl, and recorded her third self-titled album with producer Joe Romersa (recorded Jon Prine, and Bonnie Raitt). She also collaborated on several songs with John Coinman including one that was also written with Kevin Costner for John and Kevin's upcoming album. Desiring a new and more dynamic sound, Alana formed a most unusual and eclectic band consisting of Marlon Grace, who plays hip hop and R&B beats acoustically on the Box (the Cajon), Dylan Cooper on the stand up bass, Phil Rodriguez on the trumpet and Mike Freas, and Jason DeCourse on guitars. Occasionally the live shows include Boom who is a tap dancer (formally with Stomp). The band went into the studio and recorded Alana's forth independent album titled "Alana Sweetwater and The Heavy Steppers", release in 2007. They played all over Los Angeles, filling venues like The Hotel Café, The Derby, and The Mint. Eventually, Alana's music brought her to Brooklyn, New York, and she immediately formed a band and began playing shows at well known venues such as The Living Room, Rockwood Musichall, and Pete's Candy Store, and started working on material for another album.

Now with a band on each coast, four independently released albums under her belt, and having toured all around the country, Alana has come to fully embody the Goddess minstrel of her childhood dreams. She has found her musical family, great success as a songwriter, and has nurtured and grown a strong and loyal fan base that is ever expanding. When asked what is next for Alana Sweetwater she replied like any gypsy would, "it's time to hit the road".

"Look out DiFranco fans, there's a new righteous babe in our midst." - Mauri Wadsworth Tucson Weekly

"New music is always around us, but music that touches us, challenges us, and comforts us is hard to come by. Alana Sweetwater and her music offer so much to love." - Christie McQueen slideangle.com

"I've never been this excited about an artist." - Tim Mitchell (Shakira, Gloria Estefan)

"I've never seen anything like this! Every person in the place wants to give Alana a hug before they leave. How can so much power come out of such a little girl?" - Alana Sweetwater fan after a recent show at Hotel Cafe

"By the way, my fiancee and I are hooked on your CD. It is seriously one of the best collections of indie music accomplishments I've heard in a while. I'm a big fan. " -Jon Hershfield (IS GOOD MUSIC)

Lyrics

JFK

Written By: Alana Sweetwater

JFK

Counting down 10, 9, 8, 7
Getting closer and closer to heaven
The moment of truth has set me free
A million miles from where I want to be

Steel wings would you lift me up
I need speed I don’t need luck
Looking out the window at the clouds below
Something big’s about to swallow me whole

Chorus-

I can’t remember anywhere that I’ve been
I guess it doesn’t matter anyway
All I know is right where I am
And I’m almost to JFK

Talking to an old man sitting beside me
About the best parts of the city
He told me that he loved to sing
His favorite song was by Otis Redding
He said he had a secrete that he wanted to share with me

He said somewhere is nowhere if you can’t be right here
Somewhere is nowhere if you can’t be right here

Chorus-

Here I am bag at my side
With nothing to prove and nothing to hide
You pulled up at the side of the road
And I just stop because I know

Somewhere is nowhere if you can’t be right here
And I’m here and you’re here
And everything is so clear

And the horns are blowing and the radio blares
The cops are talking while a woman stares
At a plane in the sky
See the passion in her eyes
I don’t know I can only guess
Maybe she’s dreaming
Maybe she’s dreaming
Maybe she’s dreaming of LAX

Chorus-

Song of Love

Written By: Alana Sweetwater


Song of love

Not just a melody
Not just a song to sing
Something to feed your heart

Behind the words we say
Under the day to day
To remember who you are

Chorus-
This is a song of love
Written just for you
This is a song of love
Can you feel it coming through

Roll down your window
Turn up your stereo
Sing this one with me
Do you believe in fate even a little bit
Cause this was meant to be

Chorus-
This is a song of love
Written just for you
This is a song of love
Can you feel it coming through

Not just a melody
Not just a song to sing
Can you feel it coming through

Behind the words we say
Under the day to day
Can you feel it coming through

Can you feel it
Can you feel it
Can you feel it coming through

Can you feel me coming through

I am I

Written By: Alana Sweetwater and John Coinman

I am I

You can’t see my reflection in the mirror
You will never hear my voice, but I promise you I’m here
You can look and look but you will never find
Not until you stop
Read between the lines

I’m the fire within the flame
I’m the ghost behind the name
There are now laws to restrain me
There are no words to explain me
I’m the space in between
I’m as real as anything
Inside you I am here
I will never disappear

Chorus-

I am I....and I will l will always be. I am I...and I will always be
I am I after all, I am I

I cannot be lost and yet I can be found
I live deep behind the eyes that you’re looking at right now
There is nothing to defend or to deny
Cause I will never leave you
I will never die

I’m the fire within the flame
I’m the ghost behind the name
There are now laws to restrain me
There are no words to explain me
I’m the space in between
I’m as real as anything
Inside you I am here
I will never disappear

Chorus-

Push and Pull

Written By: Alana Sweetwater, Marlon Grace

Push and Pull

Let us talk about this drama you create
You tell me to hurry up and then you tell me to wait
Said you need a little time and not to cramp your space
But then it’s “come over baby, and don’t be late”.
See your body says yes but your mouth says no
You keep handing me these tickets to the I can’t go show
Little confussed when it comes to this yo
You said love is a dance, never mentioned a tango
But I’ll do my part, you do yours
I’ll try my best not to step on yur toes
One more time because my learning is slow
Step left, step right and then we push and pull

Remember when we met
Couldn't get enough of a love that was so new
Together everyday, I’d miss you when you’re gone
I don’t know where we went so wrong

Now it’s a new day, everything has changed
Our passions run so hot and cold
I want you to come, now I want you to go
I don’t know what I want anymore

Chorus-

Push and pull, it’s such a desperate dance
Should we walk away or give it one more chance
Every time I swear I’ve had enough
You pull me back into this dance of love

I said I’m going out
You tell me to have fun
Then you call me all night long
Asking where I am, when I’m coming home
Why should I have to trade freedom for love

Chorus-

Who's Dancing Me

Written By: Alana Sweetwater, Marlon Grace

Who’s Dancing Me

Raise the lights and let the music start
Lift life into this wooden heart
Raise my head up but I never see who’s dancing me
Who’s dancing me

Move my feet first left then right
Tragedy or comedy tonight
As curious as the crowd I see
Who’s dancing me
Who’s dancing me

Chorus-

Like a marionette
You never let me forget
Who’s pulling the strings
These delicate things
You lift life into me or
Drop me to my knees

Pull a string and you lift my arms
Flip your wrist I’m jumping up and down
Lift my head up but I never see
Who’s dancing me
Who’s dancing me

But I’ll never run away
Cause I won’t get very far
I’m connected to you
You whoever you are

Chorus-

Lift me drop me to my knees

Take it easy girl
Get up off them Knees and Girl
There’s no need, please listen to me oh girl
I’m droppin dope rhymes
The hope rhymes
And here’s the thing
I’ve been listening to your question of who’s dancin me
Now in fact only the foolish be thinkin their tugged

By some manipulating entity standing above them
I’m sayin nothing but love for yourself
And here’s a clue
You do what you do to YOU
And only if you want to Boo
Even if you don’t wanna think it
There’s nobody out there to blame kid
You’re the one pulling your strings and
You know what I’m sayin
So put the puppeteer thoughts on the shelf
Take an inventory of yourself
Find the real you like in Pinnochio
Who’s that make me
Hummm Geppetto

Lift me, drop me to my kneese
Lift me drop me down

Discography

Alana Sweetwater has independently released a total of 4 albums. The last two, titled Alana Sweetwater, and Alana Sweetwater with the Heavy Steppers, are available on I tunes.

Set List

Set Lists usually include around 13 songs, lasting around 50 Min. A usual set would look something like:
1) Song of Love
2) Push and Pull
3) JFK
4) I am I
5) Already Are
6) Who's Dancing Me
7) I Can't
8) Better off Alone
9) Come and Gone
10) Hippy Gypsy
11) Ring of Fire
12) You are the Place
13) Dick for a Day