Country Singer Sunny Sweeney Plays Northern Kentucky's Southgate House Revival This Weekend

Sweeney is among the current crop of talented artists — including Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, Margo Price and Brandy Clark — who seamlessly blend traditional Country with Rock, Blues and hard-won experience, presented with subtlety, humor and grace

click to enlarge Sunny Sweeney - Photo: David Munoz
Photo: David Munoz
Sunny Sweeney
Don't let Sunny Sweeney's given name lull you into a false sense of security about her songwriting disposition. She can certainly exude the positivity expected from someone christened with her bright and shiny moniker, but she's also walked her share of dark roads and is more than capable of conveying that experience in her music. Witness the songs on Sweeney's third album, 2014's Provoked, a good many of which — “You Don't Know Your Husband,” “My Bed,” “Second Guessing” — offered fairly direct commentary on the end of her first marriage.

Sweeney got her degree in Public Relations from Texas State University after a brief relocation to New York City. After graduation, she assembled a band and played in and around Austin before self-releasing her debut album, 2006's Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame, and booking a European tour. All this activity sparked the interest of Big Machine Records, which signed Sweeney in 2007 and reissued HHOF.

Sweeney became the first artist signed to Nashville Republic, a collaborative label started by Big Machine and Universal Music. Her debut single for the label, 2010's “From a Table Away,” was Sweeney's first national charting release, eventually reaching the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.


The following year, she released her sophomore album, Concrete, which yielded another pair of Top 40 hits, “Staying's Worse Than Leaving” and “Drink Myself Single.” In 2012, Sweeney left Big Machine and formed her own imprint, Aunt Daddy Records. Through PledgeMusic, Sweeney crowd-funded her third album, the aforementioned and excellent Provoked, followed three years later by the equally amazing Trophy, which featured co-writes with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lori McKenna.

Sweeney is among the current crop of incredibly talented women — including Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, Margo Price and Brandy Clark — who seamlessly blend traditional Country with Rock, Blues and hard-won experience, presented with subtlety, humor and grace.


Sunny Sweeney plays Newport's Southgate House Revival Saturday, Jan. 11 with guest Erin Enderlin. Tickets/more show info: southgatehouse.com.




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