The Sword Release Vinyl 7” Of “John The Revelator” For Record Store Day‏


Following the success of the release of the picture disc of their current album High Country for the fall Record Store Day celebration, The Sword come back for this Saturday’s Record Store Day with a 7” vinyl single of the legendary blues classic, “John The Revelator”. The song was originally recorded in 1930 by Blind Willie Johnson and received bigger acclaim when recorded in an acapella version in 1965 by blues man Son House.  The song later found usage in the hit TV series Sons of Anarchy.  The Sword’s version was recorded in Austin, TX as part of the recording sessions for High Country.  
The Sword is currently finishing leg 3 of their North America High Country tour. Leg 4 begins in Knoxville, TN on May 6th.  Dates for Leg 4 are below:
Dates for the High Country 2016 tour are below:
May 6 – Knoxville, TN – The International
May 7 – Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion*
May 8 – Tallahassee, FL – Sidebar Theater
May 10 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
May 11 – Orlando, FL – The Social
May 12 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl
May 13 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees*
May 14 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
May 16 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
May 17 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
May 18 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
May 19 – Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
May 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
May 22 – Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range*
May 24 – Columbia, MO – Blue NoteMay 25 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theater
May 26 – Lawrence, KS – Granada
May 27 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma*
May 28 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
May 29 – San Antonio, TX – River City Rockfest*
*festival dates

The Sword North American Tour Announced

Following the success of their fall tour in support of High Country, The Sword announces their spring 2016 High Country tour. Similar to their fall tour, the spring tour will be divided into two legs. The first leg will begin in Tucson, AZ on March 20th and end in Washington, D.C. on April 16th. Support on the first leg will be provided by Royal Thunder. The second leg begins May 7th and runs to May 29th with appearances at multiple festivals, including Carolina Rebellion, Shaky Knees, Rock on the Range, and Rocklahoma. Support on the second leg will be provided by UK buzz band Purson, who will be promoting their debut U.S. album. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

dates w/ Royal Thunder
3/20 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto
3/22 Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl
3/23 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
3/24 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
3/25 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
3/26 Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor
3/28 Spokane, WA @ The Pin
3/29 Calgary, AB @ Dickens Pub
3/30 Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
4/1 Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians Event Center
4/2 Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
4/3 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
4/4 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
4/5 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
4/7 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Hall
4/8 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
4/10 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
4/11 Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
4/12 London, ON @ London Music Hall
4/14 Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
4/15 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street Night Club
4/16 Washington, D.C. @ DC BRAU

dates w/ Purson
5/7 Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
5/8 Tallahassee, FL @ Sidebar Theater
5/10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
5/11 Orlando, FL @ The Social
5/12 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl
5/13 Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees
5/16 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
5/17 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
5/18 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
5/20 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
5/22 Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range
5/24 Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
5/25 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
5/26 Lawrence, KS @ Granada
5/27 Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
5/28 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live

John D. Cronise of The Sword Interviewed At Aftershock 2015


The Iron Serbian talks festivals, record contracts, Spotify and more with John D. Cronise of The Sword @ Aftershock Festival October 24, 2015

On Aftershock Festival comparisons to European Festivals – “They’re pretty comparable, fairly similar, very well run. When your playing a festival as an artist that’s really what you look for, how good is catering, how nice is my dressing room, is it comfortable backstage,”

John D. Cronise, also credited as J.D. Cronise, is an American heavy metal musician and record producer. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, he is best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and former producer for doom metal band The Sword, which he co-founded in Austin, Texas in 2003. Prior to the formation of The Sword, he also performed in the bands Those Peabodys and Ultimate Dragons, the latter of which also featured original The Sword drummer Trivett Wingo.

The Sword is an American heavy metal band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 2003, the band is composed of vocalist and guitarist John D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie, and drummer Santiago “Jimmy” Vela III. Originally signed to Kemado Records, the group released its debut album Age of Winters in 2006, the material for which had been largely written by Cronise. Follow-up album Gods of the Earth was released two years later and gave the group its first entry on the US Billboard 200 chart.