About Sarah

From her first recital at the age of three, to an appearance at the State Theatre and regular gigs at TT Reynolds, Sarah Bennett Swanner has always had music in her blood. Since her father first strummed the guitar as she belted out songs as a child, she demonstrated a natural ability and is often compared to such greats as Janis Joplin, Melissa Etheridge, Jewel and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland.

Sarah emerged on the music scene in 1997 when she was asked to get up on stage by a musician friend performing at TT Reynolds in Fairfax, VA. Word spread and she quickly became a local favorite on stages all over Northern Virginia, singing with talent such as Andrew Hellier of Modern Yesterday, Gantzer & Groover, Michael Sheppard, and The Whack A Mole band. Sarah met her future husband Scot who quickly realized the extent of her talent and in 1999 centered a new band around her powerful vocals, the Boones Farmers. The band was lauded for its classic rock and blues stylings and soon earned regular bookings at venues and festivals across Virginia and Maryland. Through Modern Yesterday Sarah met Kevin Greata, with whom she formed an acoustic duo and recorded her first album.

Sarah calls her father, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Eva Cassidy, Ella Fitzgerald, Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton her musical inspirations. Her reputation as a local blues, rock and country great found her singing at RFK Stadium, the State Theatre and playing with Greg “Fingers” Taylor, the harmonica player for Jimmy Buffett. She has earned lavish praise from the Washington Post and Weekender Times. Sarah can be found performing with the Boones Farmers or with Kevin Greata, for dates check the calendar. Her first solo album, Friday Nights released June 2008.