HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — The Swon Brothers, who are taking the country music world by storm, will perform as the post-parade concert band at the First Ever 12th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17, 2015, in downtown Hot Springs.
They also will be the official starters for the 98-foot parade on world-famous Bridge Street, shortest street in the world in everyday use, according to Riepley’s Believe It or Not.
Zach and Colton Swon zoomed up the country music charts in mid-September with their hit single, “Later On,” and fans anxious for more music from the Oklahoma natives and favorites from Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice have good news with word that the brothers will release their major-label debut album on October 14.
The Swon Brothers are keeping a busy tour schedule, playing clubs, fairs, and festivals in support of “Later On.”
The country-singing Oklahoma boys practically grew up riding their parents’ tour bus and performing as part of their family’s gospel group since they were old enough to talk.
Zach and Colton grew up right down the street from American Idol- champ-turned-country-superstar Carrie Underwood, and the three shared a stage many times together throughout their childhood years. Traveling with their parents’ Southern gospel group Exodus, the boys were singing and writing songs practically as soon as they could walk.
After leaving the road, their parents formed a family-style variety show in Wagoner, Okla., and soon Zach and Colton were charming crowds each week and cutting their musical teeth on everything from Elvis to Frank Sinatra.
The Swons’ show at the Civic Center in Wagoner became very popular and soon they were filling the building to capacity as fans packed in week after week to watch them entertain. After building quite a following, Zach and Colton decided to begin playing as a duo and focused even more on their songwriting.
The brothers became finalists on NBC’s “The Voice,” which was the launch pad for their current rise to fame.
The Swon Brothers will join NASCAR legend Mark Martin at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which Martin will serve as celebrity grand marshal.
Since its beginning as the idea of some Hot Springs residents enjoying an adult beverage in 2003, The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade has grown to an annual magnet for about 30,000 fun-lovers from across America drawn to its international reputation as the place to have fun on this most Irish of days.
The parade annually includes 40 marching units, floats, dancers, singers, performance artists, the International Order of the Marching Irish Elvi (50 green-clad Elvis impersonators), marching Irish wolfhounds and assorted crazies.
For more information call Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027.