Single I Bywater Call – Sweet Maria



Following their February 2023 UK tour supporting Robert Jon & The Wreck, rising Canadian southern soul, roots rock band Bywater Call release their highly anticipated new single “Sweet Maria” on Wednesday July 26th.

“Sweet Maria” is a joyous New Orleans blues and southern soul anthem, celebrating the adage “if you love something set it free.” It’s also a call-out to embrace and accept people for who they are. A woman who feels compelled to wander as the seasons change, always returns to the man who patiently waits, with the porch light on, and arms open.

Tour poster photo by Erin Enrico

“Sweet Maria” features the signature refined, yet raw and powerful vocals of lead singer Meghan Parnell, singing slide guitar of Dave Barnes, gritty, driving keys of John Kervin and a full choir sure to get even the grumpiest person in the room smiling, clapping, and singing along.

Kervin brought the bones of this tune to the band in early 2023. After a few collective workshopping sessions, they knew they had something special.

“Sweet Maria” was filmed and recorded at friend, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Howley’s beautiful barn studio in the country of Ontario, Canada where he acted as engineer. Bass (Mike Meusel), drums (Bruce McCarthy), horns (Julian Nalli, sax and Stephen Dyte, trumpet) and keys were captured live-off-the-floor. Overdubs including background vocals from Claire Davis and Joanna Mohammed (Aphrose) were captured at drummer Bruce McCarthy’s home studio, where he also acted as mixing engineer.

Formed in 2017, the band has received multiple Independent Blues and Maple Blues Award nominations including Entertainer of the Year and Best Female Vocalist for the 2023 Awards Season. They have toured extensively in Europe over the last few years, including in May and June of 2022, featuring a mainstage appearance at the Netherlands’ premiere blues festival Moulin Blues. Their shows were praised in Dutch and German media, with references to Meghan as one of the best female voices in blues and roots today.

In August 2023, the band will participate in Joe Bonamassa’s third Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean Cruise alongside headliners Blackberry Smoke, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, and Bonamassa himself.

Bywater Call have commanded festival stages from Belgium to Germany in Europe, Florida to Kentucky and Tennessee in the USA, and Toronto to Quebec City in Canada. In May of 2023, they opened for the Canadian Award-winning band White Horse at the inaugural edition of the Smokestack Music Festival in Hamilton, Ontario.


SEP 27 | Den Haag, Netherlands | Musicon
OCT 1 | Grolloo, Netherlands | Hofsteenge
OCT 15 | Rotterdam, Netherlands | Muziek Op Rhoon
OCT 18 | Enschede, Netherlands | Mystiek Theater
OCT 20 | Weert, Netherlands | Bosuil

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Bywater Call - Sweet Maria