SWF is the dream of and moniker of artist, musician, and self-described mystic, Stevie Weinstein-Foner. Stevie’s songs of love and longing roll from his debut album, Let It Be Told, like mantras blasted from the radio of a brightly painted VW van cruising along a metaphysical highway of endless summer. Let It Be Told (out October 8 via Mecca Lecca Recording Co.) was recorded in Memphis, TN at High Low studios, and the album’s soulful declarations are accompanied by a flock of fuzzy guitars, vibrant vocal harmonies, and very singable hooks. Time Out New York calls SWF "warm, mellow, scruffy rock & roll," and the band’s performances are a passionate celebration of a spirit-driven American experience.
After spending the summer of 2008 in the Grand Canyon rafting down the Colorado River, Stevie moved to Brooklyn, NY where he began to study yoga and write the songs which would become the material for Let It Be Told. Leaving Brooklyn to live and work on farms in Central America for the winter, he ended his travels in Memphis in May 2011, recording the first half of his debut album with Jake Rabinbach (the Echo-Friendly) and Toby Vest (Tiger High). Upon returning to Brooklyn, Stevie began performing as SWF, gathering friends from the yoga and music communities to act as band members.
After a year of determination, detox, and deep self-study, Stevie returned to Memphis in January 2013 to record the rest of the album. On "Warrior", he sings, "I let my darkness shine/ I let the darkness out/ I've taken the warrior's vow" — illuminating his path of sincerity and soul discovery. The songs are odes to a deeper connection to our soul and the challenges and beauty of hoping to attain enlightenment in the 21st century. Revealed in both the spirit of light and darkness, Let It Be Told is a work of truth, love, and a heart that beats for rock & roll.