Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Alex.. Nancy.. Fred
About the Mail:
As you might imagine, we’ve suddenly gotten TONS of e-mail! All of your e-mail is being read carefully at this time by the actual band members. Many ask similar questions about various subjects. We will try to answer these as clearly as possible. We’d like to personally respond to all of you, but with our band schedule, we’re finding it a bit difficult at this time.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

Nansi or Nancy:
Nancy spelled her name “Nansi” a long time ago, and still did when the rest of us met her in 1968.
Now both spellings are acceptable to her.

Who’s on First:
Ritchie Havens was the first performer to play at Woodstock ’69, but Sweetwater was the first BAND to play at Woodstock ’69.

Who sang it Then:
“Motherless Child,” is a traditional blues song, interpreted over the years by many performers in different ways. Nancy actually sang her version of it before she even met the other members of the band that would become Sweewater . . .just like in the movie! The 1st Sweetwater album from 1968 included this song. Ritchie Havens after being told repeatedly to return to the Woodstock ‘69 stage to “kill more time” (poor guy!) started adding lyrics from this old song to his “freedom” song, confusing some people who write us asking who was first to sing “it!”

Original Sweetwater Albums:
The original Sweetwater albums released from ’68 thru ’72 are collector’s items, available on vinyl from their original manufacturer: Warner Brothers/reprise.
They can now be found in several re-released formats: See DISCOGRAPHY PAGE.

Nancy’s solo album, “Nancy Nevins,” originally released by “Tom Cat Records,” is distributed by RCA (now BMG).
It is also a collector’s item and is not available on CD at this time.

Tour Schedule:
For upcoming Sweetwater Touring schedule, bookmark the Sweetwater website and stay tuned!

The Woodstock stuff:
Sweetwater does not appear in the original Woodstock movie, mostly because of the fallout from Nancy’s accident, but our live at Woodstock music can be found on various Woodstock compilations throughout the years.

Who sang it Now:
In the Sweetwater movie Amy Jo sings to original Sweetwater music tracks, while Michele Phillips lip-synchs to Nancy’s present day vocal of “Motherless Child.”

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