THE LOW ROAD
June 1 @ 3:00 pm
After initially playing coffeeshops and small cafes around town, the band became an early WXPN local favorite and popular club act at Khyber Pass, the North Star, J.C. Dobb’s and other venues of the era.
At the same time, The Low Road also held down a residency at NYC’s famed Cafe Sin’e, where the band played on the same nights as luminaries such as Jeff Buckley, Sinead O’Connor, Marianne Faithful, P.J. Harvey and more.
The Low Road would go on to sign a recording contract with Caroline Records and released
The Devil’s Pocket (1994) and Fidelity (1996) on Caroline’s Passenger imprint. The Low Road was one of the first unsigned acts to appear on NPR’s Mountain Stage and toured the U.S. with Los Lobos, Barenaked Ladies, (Caroline labelmates) Ben Folds Five, Black 47 and many more acts before calling it quits in 1997.
The Low Road (guitarist Mike Brenner, violinist Rosie McNamara-Jones, bassist Alan Stevens Hewitt, drummer Mark Schreiber and harmonica player Palmer Yale) reunited several times for shows since breaking up. The individual band members have remained musically active in both Philadelphia and New York City.
His songs and records have received widespread critical acclaim over the years; of his last record with The Trouble With Sweeney, Fishtown Briefcase, Pitchfork said “[Sweeney] mixes autobiography and fiction against the group’s 70s-inflected indie pop, resourceful— and unabashed— enough to digress into an E Street interlude or an AM-rock guitar coda.” He’s also garnered curse and praise as a writer of prose, having won the AAN Award for Music Criticism and appeared in Best Music Writing 2002.
From 2004 through 2010, Sweeney mostly shied from performing and recording, focusing instead on his role as Publisher & Editor of the website Philebrity.com. In 2011, however, Sweeney stepped back into his old role of singer/songwriter, this time fronting the rock band Arctic Splash. Joey Sweeney Your Life Is Calling compiles the best of everything before the Splash.
In early 2013, Sweeney went on to record Long Hair, with Grammy award-winning producer Aaron ‘Luis’ Levinson, Lushlife aka Raj Haldar, and others.
He is currently at work on a wide array of new material, including a new record, short stories and a novel.