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She grew up plain and simple in a farming town.
Her daddy played the fiddle and used to do the calling when they had hoedowns.
She said the neighbors would come and they’d move all my grandma’s furniture ’round.
And there’d be twenty or more there on the old wooden floor, dancin’ to a country sound.

Hi, Jeff Willis here, Texas Country Music Junkie .com.
Our artist spotlight is on…

Sunny Sweeney, the Next Big Something

Although she has a song entitled “The Next Big Nothing”, Sunny Sweeney
is anything but. With one CD out, a new song from a current EP on the
Texas Music Chart and Texas Regional Radio Report, and a song on
the recently released Waylon Jennings Tribute, Sweeney has caught
her audiences attention and promises to be the Next Big Something.

Born in Houston, Texas, Sunny has played the Grand Ole Opry, the
first time being March 2, 2007; she recently played her 18th time there.

While she has had many jobs she “just isn’t the 8 to 5 kind of person”.
After giving improve and stand up a go in New York, Sweeny returned
to Texas and began playing to audiences after chating with a friend,
and hasn’t let up since.

TCMJ did a Google search to see what info can be found and then
put together a short overview of Sunny Sweeney with links to where
the reader

can find a bit more. The Info we found are as follows:

Unfortunately, her domain name is not currently working. The domain
name used to redirect to her myspace page.

There are well over 15,000 “Like”s to her facebook page.

Over 14,000 friends on myspace.

She has a little over 2,000 followers on twitter.

Sunny Sweeney’s youtube channel has a couple of production videos.

You’ll get a whole bunch of fan videos when you type in
Sunny Sweeny youtube on Google or click here

She can also be found on Radio Free Texas and you can request
and listen to her music there, as well as a great number Texas Artists.

According to examiner.com “These days, she has been busy songwriting
with the likes of Pam Tillis, preparing for a new album, playing the
Grand Ole Opry, and recording a cut on the upcoming Waylon Jennings
tribute album. Having an influence of Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard.
Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton, and many other traditional artists, it
is evident that she is helping preserve traditional country music.

Recently, she was asked to sing “Good Hearted Woman” with Jessi
Coulter with Jessi Colter on a Waylon Jennings Tribute. She is
also singing with Randy Houser on “Ramblin Man” on the tribute
album. Houser is one that she would love to co-write a song with
one day and has been brought up several times through other
connections.The tribute album will be released later in 2010.”

Volume one of the Tribute was released on February 8, 2011.

Click here to see the full Examiner article.

Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame, Sunny’s only full CD so far, was
released in March of 2007, is a thoroughly refreshing CD of great
songs, three of which were releashed as singles; “If I Could”, “Ten
Years Pass”, and “East Texas Pines”. Although good songs, none of
these singles charted.

TCMJ favorite cuts are the cover of “Mama’s Opry” and “Lavender
Blue”. Other stand outs are “Refresh My Memory”, “Here Lately”,
“16th Avenue”, “Next Big Nothing”, “Slow Swinging Western Tunes”,
the title track “Heartbreakers Hall Of Fame”, and the released
“If I Could”.

“Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame” is a must have CD for any serious country fan.

Sunny Sweeney was signed to Republic Nashville as the first artist of the
joint venture between a couple labels, with her first single from the EP,
“From A Table Away”, released June 28, 2010 debuting #58 on the
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs for that same week.

And is currently #18 on the Texas Music Chart, and #26 on TRRR.

Her second release is Sunny Sweeney Ep and was released January 18, 2011,
Reportedly produced by Brett Beavers featuring a track co-written by Radney
Foster, although I haven’t seen the credits. My purchase was Mp3…No liner notes.

Every song on the 5 cut Ep is great. “Amy”, “Drink Myself Single”,
“Helluva Heart”, and “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving” round out
the EP. Sunny Sweeney EP, another must have for any country collection.

Sunny Sweeny’s “From A Table Away” on My Kind of Country

A few additional places to read on Sunny are as follows:

A Taste of Country – lots of good articles on country music.

A good review of “Heartbreaker’s Hall Of Fame” at MyKindOf Country

Sunny on wikipedia

Sunny Sweeney on Opry.com.

Sunny’s latest song “From A Table Away” is #18 on the Texas Music Chart.

If you like her music, then you can help her by requesting her current

single be played on all the great radio stations that affect the chart.

See the Radio Station Info here.

You can also see Sunny Sweeney (at #26) and other Country Music Artists on the Texas Regional Radio Report which gives a listing of theĀ  Texas Country Music Artist and their current single’s position.

Be sure to become a fan of Sunny on facebook, and follow her on twitter.

Tell her Jeff Willis and TexasCountryMusicJunkie.com told you to.

You can click on any of the blue hyperlinks in this post to go directly to the links.

Mama’s Opry lyrics by Iris Dement

She grew up plain and simple in a farming town.
Her daddy played the fiddle and used to do the calling when they had hoedowns.
She said the neighbors would come and they’d move all my grandma’s furniture ’round.
And there’d be twenty or more there on the old wooden floor,dancin’ to a country sound.

The Carters and Jimmy Rodgers played her favorite songs.
And on Saturday nights there was a radio show and she’d sing along.
I’ll never forget her face when she revealed to me,
That she’d dreamed about singing at The Grand Ol’ Opry.

Her eyes, oh, how they sparkled when she sang those songs.
She was hanging the clothes on the line, I was a kid just a hummin’ along.
Well, I’d be playing in the grass, to her, what might’ve seemed, obliviously.
There ain’t no doubt about it: she sure made her mark on me.

She played old gospel records on the phonograph.
She turned them up loud and we’d sing along, how those days have passed.
Just now that I am older it occurs to me,
That I was singing in the grandest opry.

And we sang Sweet Rose of Sharon, Abide With Me,
‘Til I ride The Gospel Ship to Heaven’s Jubilee.
And In That Great Triumphant Morning my soul will be free,
And My Burdens Will Be Lifted when my Saviour’s face I see.

So I Don’t Want to Get Adjusted to This World below,
But I know He’ll Pilot Me ’til it comes time to go.
Oh, nothing on this earth is half as dear to me,
As the sound of my Mama’s Opry

And we sang Sweet Rose of Sharon, Abide With Me,
‘Til I ride The Gospel Ship to Heaven’s Jubilee.
And In That Great Triumphant Morning my soul will be free,
And My Burdens Will Be Lifted when my Saviour’s face I see.

So I Don’t Want to Get Adjusted to This World below,
But I know He’ll Pilot Me ’til it comes time to go.
Oh, nothing on this earth is half as dear to me,
As the sound of my Mama’s Opry