About Sweetwater Jam
Born out of the foothills of the Wichita Mountains in Southwest Oklahoma, Sweetwater Jam came together in the mid 70's, combining a mixture of talents to to create a Southern, soulful sound steeped in the traditions of such Southern Greats as The Outlaws, The Marshall Tucker Band, and The Charlie Daniels Band. They honed their chops playing cover tunes in and around SW Oklahoma for a few years playing the local club scene. They could often be seen at such venues as The Mad Dog Saloon and The Attic in Lawton, Ok. and The Village Green at Ft. Sill as well as many other local and state functions around the area. By1979 they were writing their own music, which evolved into a smooth, Southern Blues Rock sound that could go from gritty southern crunch to smooth as butter blues and everything in between in an instant. Many times in a single song. They moved their practice facility to Medicine Park, Ok. in 1979 and continued to improve and create their sound while burning up the cobblestones at The Cobblestone Saloon located in the heart of Medicine Park which is situated in the Wichita Mountains. They were soon headlining at such venues as Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, The Longbranch Saloon in Oklahoma City and Memorial Auditorium in Wichita Falls, Texas. They also opened for acts such as Alvin Crow in Tulsa and David Allen Coe in Wichita Falls, and Two Guns in OKC. Driven by the steamroller vocals of bassist Roy Slagle, coupled with the consistent leads of guitarist Steve Gowan, their music is a fluid collaboration of smooth Southern Rock and Wichita Mountain blues. Mark Hill's rock solid guitar work creates the foundation that they build on with Michael John Parrish's keyboards adding the buffer that keeps the edges from becoming too jagged.
Drummer Brett Dodson holds everything together with a steely consistency that is as deep and rumbling as a summer thunderstorm echoing off of Mt. Scott in the heart of The Wichitas. The entire band contributes to the backup vocals, capping off their sound.
A truly unique bunch of guys, Sweetwater Jam has been rockin' for many years and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. If you ever find yourself in Comanche County, Oklahoma, look em up. I'll bet they'll probably feed ya dinner, buy you a beer, and then cut loose some of the best Southern Rock you've ever heard, Oklahoma style!