|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||country female vocalists americana|
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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 Heartbreakers 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, Sweeneys debut also featured a guest appearance by progressive country hero Jim Lauderdale, who...