Drummer David White isn't exactly sure from where the name of the band "The Swells" came.
"They already had that name when I joined up a couple of years ago," said White in a telephone interview. "I think it probably is just a play on 'it's swell' or 'it's just swell.'"
The Swells, which is three or four years old, White estimates, includes Chris Sullivan, guitar, saxophone, clarinet and vocals; White; Andy Mason, piano, guitar and vocals; John Pope, trombone; and Scott Wilmoth, bass. White said the "Swells" sound is diverse.
"We play everything from Django Rhinehart to Jimmy Rogers," explained White, who attended high school in Danville and played in the local band The Unknowns in the 1960s. "It's a wide range. Basically, at its root, it is folk and blues. Django is more of a jazz feel, and the Jimmy Rogers stuff is more of an Americana, roots-music feel. We mix it up back and forth, so it doesn't always get boring that way. ... We also cover several Bob Dylan songs off album "National Skyline' and do a lot of New Orleans stuff, too, like the street swing from New Orleans - we do a bunch of that, with all the horns."