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On the Record with The Swon Brothers

Zach and Colton Swon
Zach and Colton Swon

DeKALB – Country music fans might recognize Colton and Zach Swon from the fourth season of NBC’s “The Voice” in 2013, where The Swon Brothers placed third.

On Sunday, Aug. 26, fans will have the opportunity to see The Swon Brothers live when they perform at the DeKalb Corn Fest’s sound stage from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. There is a $5 admission to the sound stage, with children age 12 and younger admitted free, or everyone can watch and listen to the band for free from Locust Street.

Since appearing on “The Voice,” The Swon Brothers released their major-label debut “The Swon Brothers” in October 2014. In January 2016, the brothers released a new EP, “Timeless,” which hit the No. 2 spot on the Country iTunes chart just hours after its release, and debuted at No. 19 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart. On March 17 of this year, The Swon Brothers released their latest EP, “Pretty Cool Scars.”

The Swon Brothers answered a few questions from MidWeek reporter Katrina Milton about their music and their upcoming performance during Corn Fest.

Milton: How did you get your start in music?

Colton Swon: Our mom and dad had a band and we traveled with them and performed with them since we were little kids.

Milton: If you were not musicians, what career do you think you would have?

Zach Swon: Well, we have really never thought of doing anything else. We don’t have a “Plan B.” It’s always been music for us.

Milton: How would you describe your experience on “The Voice”? How have your lives changed since the show?

Colton Swon: “The Voice” gave us a great foundation for being in the music industry. It was really like boot camp for us. We are so thankful we had the opportunity to do that show. Everyone there was so supportive. Can’t say enough good things about that experience.

Milton: What songs will you be performing?

Zach Swon: We will definitely be doing songs from our new EP called “Pretty Cool Scars” and our other releases, and we also throw in some surprises every now and then as well.

Milton: Who are some of your musical influences?

Colton Swon: We love The Eagles and list them as one of our greatest influences, but we also listened to country greats like fellow Okie Merle Haggard, as well as Brooks & Dunn and country artists from the 90s.

Milton: Have you ever been to Illinois or DeKalb County before? What are you looking forward to the most about your visit?

Colton Swon: We’ve been to Illinois quite a bit and we love performing for the audiences there.

Milton: What can concert attendees expect from your shows?

Zach Swon: We have so much fun with our show. Fans can expect to hear our original music but we also like to throw in some cover songs too. We like to change things up when we get out on stage and get familiar with our crowd. It really makes the show a lot of fun for us and our audiences seem to like it too.

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