Southside American is the solo project of Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter Benjamin Sweet. A lifelong music appreciater, Sweet was inspired to teach himself guitar and harmonica in the wake of his diagnosis with Type I diabetes. He quickly progressed to writing and performing in recent years. On his stellar debut, In Our Keystone State, Sweet offers tightly-crafted original compositions that touch upon subjects ranging from frustration with the state of American civic life to the joy of fatherhood. Sweet’s unique style is equal parts folk, lo-fi, Americana and indie rock, producing a sound that has drawn comparisons to Ryan Adams, Amos Lee, Deer Tick, The Tallest Man on Earth and pre-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Wilco.
“In Our Keystone State” was recorded at Orange Whip Studios in Santa Barbara, California and on location in McCall, Idaho. It was engineered by Angus Cooke and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New York.