“If there’s one thing about The Ramblin’ Years that should go unquestioned, it’s that their great big sound is always on point, their attitude always ready to party, and their crowd, always on board.”
- Stephanie Dore, Seattle Music News
The Ramblin' Years is a country-fried rock'n'roll band centered around the songwriting, harmonies, and guitar playing of Sean Clavere and Katie Sweeney. The band has had a number of members ramble in and out of the group throughout the years, each bringing distinct musical influences and contributing unique and wonderful sounds to the band. The group's constantly evolving sound echoes its name, ramblin' through the years in performance from duo tours featuring just Katie & Sean, all the way to barn-burnin' 7-piece headlining shows at rock clubs.
The group formed when they were college students in the Seattle University Choirs in 2011, an unlikely crew of choir kids & musicians of varying influences coming together to make some noise in the dormitory basement. After their first-ever show won the university’s battle of the bands, they became a favorite among their peers and spent a few years slaying college parties. Playing the main stage at the campus music festival in 2013, where they opened for Ivan & Alyosha and Brother Ali, led to packing devoted crowds into Chop Suey and the Comet Tavern. After graduating, The Ramblin’ Years released a self-produced demo in February 2014, recorded in their living room with nothing but the original songs their friends had come to love and a few cheap microphones. To the band’s surprise and delight, the release show nearly sold out Chop Suey on a rainy Sunday night and their record sold hundreds of copies.
When the nationally-recognized Tractor Tavern invited them to open for Signature Sounds’ Parsonsfield in 2014, The Ramblin’ Years began performing for elated crowds in Ballard, Seattle’s neighborhood of roots-rock. Ever-increasing numbers of fans began clamoring to see their Americana rock’n’roll at The Tractor, The Sunset, and Connor Byrne Pub. Having caught the ear of Fastback Studios' head engineer and producer, Jason Lackie, the band began new partnerships with him and Fastback engineer Mitch Edwards, who assumed the role of bassist in 2014. In March 2015, The Ramblin’ Years released their first studio EP, “Nickels & Dimes”, to a packed Tractor Tavern. The single, “Come on Carla”, soon became an audience favorite with its boom-chucka rhythm and choir-sized harmonies. Nickels & Dimes included Bill Nordwall on keys (formerly of Seattle band Exohxo) and renowned mastering artist Ed Brooks on pedal steel, who also mastered the record. His daunting resume includes Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile, Death Cab for Cutie, The Head and The Heart, The Shins, and many more.
Riding the momentum of Nickels & Dimes, The Ramblin’ Years completed a West coast tour in the Spring of 2015 and played music festivals such as Northwest Folklife, Seattle Acoustic Fest, and Macefield Music Festival. They continued selling out Seattle venues alongside bands such as Vaudeville Etiquette, The Swearengens, and Lonely Mountain Lovers.
The band kicked off 2016 in full force, releasing their second Fastback EP “Halfway Somewhere” in January at world-famous Neumos with the room at capacity. The record again featured Bill Nordwall on keys and welcomed Jay Kardong on pedal steel (Brandi Carlile, Sun Volt, Sera Cahoone). 2016 was a great year for the band. They played again to a maxed-out Neumos as part of Capitol Hill Block Party alongside major-label artists. They toured wineries and ski resorts all over Washington to save up money for a full length album and began growing an audience in Portland, OR. 2017 saw the band working on their first full-length studio album with producer Jason Lackie at Fastback, opening for renowned artists like Jamie Wyatt, Henry Wagons, and The Dusty 45’s, and completing another awesome west coust tour down to LA and back.
In January 2018, the band released their first studio full-length album, "Small Town Lights," to a sold-out crowd at the Tractor Tavern! This year finds the Ramblers opening for more fantastic bands like Ha Ha Tonka and Massy Ferguson, & welcoming new band members Jasen Samford on drums & Leif Dalan on keys. Stay tuned for news, shows, & more! Ramble on!