Sunny Sweeney

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Tags: country female vocalists americana Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 2000s
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Longview, Texas, USA. Where many contemporary country singers go from down-home roots to showbusiness sensibilities, Sweeney spent the mid-00s doing the opposite. She pursued a career in theatre and improvised comedy in New York and her native Texas before experiencing the revelation that old school honky tonk country singing was her true calling. She grew up in a household full of these sounds, and developed a deep love of artists such as Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn. In 2004, Sweeney put together a band and started playing the bar circuit in Austin, Texas, quickly becoming a local favourite. By popular demand, she began recording the self-financed Heartbreaker’s Hall Of Fame, but she was ‘discovered’ by Austin-based Big Machine Records, which picked up the album and gave it a major release in 2007. Bursting with twangy, roots-conscious country, Sweeney’s debut also featured a guest appearance by progressive country hero Jim Lauderdale, who...

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