In the early seventies, Hank Swarn and Shirley Nanette
collaborated on a project called ”Never Coming Back”.
Swarn had been on the road for five years, lending his
guitar-backing talent to Earl Grant and his band. While on
tour, he wrote some tunes that were ultimately released on
the “Never Coming Back” album. Al Nanette approached
Hank about putting together a record with Shirley, who was
also keen on getting in the studio. Luckily, Swarn already
had songs to bring to the session.
With the support some talented local musicians, the album
was recorded–mostly in one or two takes–in a little over a
week. Unfortunately, the album saw little exposure. Needless
to say, this tremendous effort by Nanette, who continues to
sing and perform in Portland, has touched the hearts of
many who’ve recently heard the album for the first time.