by Sunny Sweeney


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After 2007's Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame, Sunny Sweeney's debut album for Big Machine Records, she worked hard on the road and in the media to promote a record that in many ways set itself apart from its peers. That said, despite favorable press and some radio play, that album was overshadowed by Miranda Lambert's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (another artist from her native East Texas). Nashville is weird like that: rather than embrace a burgeoning music scene from a particular region, it only accepts into its heart-of-hype one artist at a time from a particular place. Sweeney's debut deserved way more attention than it got. For Concrete, she moved over to one of Big Machine's sister labels, Republic Nashville, and issued the pre-release single, "From a Table Away," in March of 2011. By May, it had become the highest-charting Billboard debut single from a female country artist in four years. The hippest thing? She co-wrote it. It seems Sweeney spent a lot of the time in between albums learning the craft of songwriting. She had three co-writes on her debut, but she has seven here; all of them winners. Sweeney's sound is slick enough for Nash Vegas to embrace with just enough rock & roll in its mix, but it's deeply rooted in the fertile country music tradition of East Texas. Pedal steel guitars whine and whinny all over these songs beautifully produced by Brett Beavers. The best of them are the aforementioned single, the torn up ballad "Staying's Worse Than Leaving," the stripped-down "Amy," the swaggering "Worn Out Heart," the hooky "It Wrecks Me," and the sassy "Helluva Heart," with its dobro and meld of electric and acoustic guitars with an anthemic refrain. Put together in the album's context, they showcase Sweeney as a good lyricist and a top flight vocalist. Despite her youth and relative inexperience, Sweeney is the kind of singer-songwriter that Nashville needs in order to break out of its self-created ghetto of cookie-cutter soundalikes--with few exceptions--that it promotes ad nauseam like an orobouros. Concrete is modern and polished, yet makes no attempt to disguise the Texas country tradition that continues to influence and inspire the artist..

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2011
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602527739779
catalogNumber: 001575102
Rank: 29298

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sunny Sweeney   Primary Artist
Steve Brewster   Drums
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Bob Britt   Electric Guitar
Jimmy Carter   Bass
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Greg Morrow   Drums
Mike Rojas   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond B3
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Scotty Sanders   Dobro,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Mike Johnson   Lap Steel Guitar
Nicole Broussard   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Radney Foster   Composer
Brett Beavers   Composer,Producer
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Mark Sanders   Composer
Brett James   Composer
Monty Holmes   Composer
Kelley Lovelace   Composer
Karyn Rochelle   Composer
Deanna Bryant   Composer
Lori McKenna   Composer
Lisa Carver   Composer
Luke Wooten   Engineer
Carolyn Dawn Johnson   Composer
Brennen Leigh   Composer
Whitney Sutton   Copy Coordination
Sunny Sweeney   Composer
Sandi Spika Borchetta   Artistic Director
Robert Hicks   Liner Notes
Jay Clementi   Composer
Aaron Rayburn   Graphic Design
Lee Floyd   Artistic Director
Heather Little   Composer
Josh Shearon   Graphic Design
Jaida Dreyer   Composer
Justin Key   Artistic Director

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