Swain Sumner defies the expected. His music appreciation and his expression as an entertainer covers decades reaching back beyond the birth of rock and roll as well as forward in today's music scene. Even more remarkable is that Swain is only seventeen-years-old and he has been actively playing since age twelve. He's climbed on stage with young rockers and within the same day, joined in the blues jams of local old-timers, ripping it up in biker bars, as easily as putting on a black suit for a corporate event. And, he excels wherever he is placed. ALSO...Swain & Buddy (2nd guitar) appear as an acoustic act for venues where appropriate or events that need music without a full band.
He was exposed to music at an early age enjoying rhythm and blues as a preschooler. Swain's elementary school influences were The Doors and Jimi Hendrix, later adding Brian Setzer, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, Train, Plain White Ts, and Eric Clapton. He has traveled extensively for a young man and while in Miami, he studied with Juilliard performing jazz standards on stage.
In September 2012, Swain's path crossed with the Nickel Blues Band and he was recruited in the band almost overnight. NBB was an inter-generational band with veteran rock drummer Jerry Lenz (now Swain's mentor and manager), Jordan Lenz on bass and Dakota Hurley on guitar. The evolution of the band opened the door for Swain to step up his dedication, put on his work clothes and launch into developing his own sound as the Swain Sumner Band.
The Swain Sumner Band is based in Orlando, Florida and their focus is on entertaining audiences! Understanding that venues are tired of seeing dead trees on stage, Swain hits the stage with energy, moving like Elvis, Chuck Berry or a Brian Setzer.
“You guys bring such energy to the room, every time you play. I was having a band day and within moments of hearing you, I was in a good mood.”
“I've never seen young people play this type of music and you really ROCK!”
“Put me on your email list! I want to know where you're playing so I can bring my friends.”
From a fellow jammer on stage, “Ladies and gentleman, I am here to tell you, one day, you'll be paying a lot of money to see this guy!” CC Biscuit
“Incredible talent…I was amazed!”