"Rootsy, Southern soul-tinged Rock-n-Roll, straight from the heart of the Great NW!"
Proving that great Southern Rock comes as much from the soul as the place of birth, SweetKiss Momma (from Puyallup, WA, USA - just south of Seattle) has been releasing some of the most critically-acclaimed, and best-selling, independent American roots music over the last few years, skillfully blending their gritty NW origins with county, blues, and gospel to craft strikingly soulful rock-n-roll with a subtle Southern bend.
In 2010, the band came screaming out of the blocks with their debut album ‘Revival Rock’. This “Rootsy, Southern-soul tinged, instant classic. (GreatIndieMusic.com - USA)" garnered worldwide attention for the band, and went on to become one of the top selling independent albums of 2010 via music distributor CD Baby.
With 2014’s ‘A Reckonig Is Coming’ (recorded in Nashville with former WILCO drummer Ken Coomer producing, and multiple Grammy-winner Richard Dodd handling the final mix and master) SKM picked up right where they left off, earning an “Album of the Year” nod from The Weekly Volcano. On the strength of the sophomore effort, the band embarked on a successful first European tour in early 2015.
Though the band has seen a number of member changes through the years, the one constant has been front-man Jeff Hamel. An award winning songwriter and singer, Hamel attributes his soulful delivery and southern element of his writing to an upbringing spent playing gospel and spirituals in his local church.
For SweetKiss Momma’s latest offering, "What You've Got" EP (released March 2016), Hamel teamed up with Pacific Northwest legends The Moss Brothers Band for a collection of songs that draws heavily on both SKM’s gritty riffage, and The Moss Bros. swampy heritage (the MBB as they are known, is made up of southern Alabama born-and-raised brothers Jeff and Troy Moss on guitars and vocals, bassist Kevin Dale, and drummer Zach Cooper).
With 2016 seeing the band make its 2nd trek to Europe, and adding dates across the USA, there is a steady growth to SKM that is due in no small part to their expert songwriting and fantastic live performances.