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August 27, 2009

Swons, country TV star to play together tonight

Brandon Green, half of the duo JB Rocket, will perform in concert with The Swon Brothers at 7:30 p.m. today at Wagoner Civic Center.

Green just finished the talent competition on Country Music Television called “Can You Duet.” He and Jonathan Cox of Lenoir, N.C., finished second. The show has helped open doors in the entertainment business for the 23-year-old from Lucedale, Miss.

Green and Colton Swon, one-half of The Swon Brothers, met on season seven of Fox TV’s “American Idol” in 2008.

“We met during Hollywood week, during the first or second week,” Green said. “I became a fan of Oklahoma.”

Swon of Muskogee and Green were in the top 48 before being cut from the talent show. The two became good friends. Green came to Muskogee last year to visit and performed with the Swons, Colton and Zach, at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

Zach said they will have the full band in Wagoner today, which includes seven on stage, plus Green performing some by himself and some with the brothers.

Zach said the music they write and what’s on their CD “Another Day,” is modern country.

“When we play a live show, we do everybody’s favorites,” he said. “We play songs the please everyone.”

The Swons like performing in Wagoner and are excited their friend will get to show off his talent there, too.

“Muskogee is our hometown but Wagoner has treated us really good,” Zach said. “We like that venue. It’s a cool place to play. We draw a good crowd there. We’ve played there since we were babies.”

Colton said he thinks he was 5 when they started performing in Wagoner. He just turned 21 and Zach is 24. The boys grew up in a family of gospel music performers. Zach said a couple of their songs from the CD are getting radio air play in four states.

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