It takes going through tough times to realize you can overcome just about anything. For Sunny Sweeney, the reflection of a period of going through a divorce and moving on is told through the music on “Concrete.” Having played recently at 4th Street Live in Louisville, Kentucky, fans got an early taste of the tunes prior to the new album release. Sunny was also featured as one of our Country Music Artists to Watch in 2010.
Sunny Sweeney has given a new hope for those that have been down that same road. The recipe to good country music equals one part twang, one part true life story, and one part singer to sing it. Combine those parts and you get Sunny Sweeney’s “Concrete.”
Right off the bat, Sweeney gets the party started with “Drinkin Myself Single” as a kiss-off to the past love. It is a perfect rowdy honky tonk tune that Sunny has not been to afraid to play anywhere. She stands her ground to let it be known she can be a woman in a man’s world.
As soon as the tune finishes, the cds slides into the sounds of the steel guitar with the beginning notes of “From a Table Away.” The story is one of being the “other woman.” Sweeney climbed to the top 30 single charts that provided a bold statement of what country music should sound like. Her vocals portray the painful thoughts of seeing everything go down.
In a relationship, sometimes when the love is gone and after the fire is out, you realize that sometimes staying is worst than leaving. Sunny Sweeney’s current top 40 single, “Stayin’s Worse than Leaving” has gained attention amongst those going through that same situation. Having heard Sweeney sing the song, you have hope that life will be better once you are out of that relationship.
“The Ole Me” tells the tale of the old ways of living, but things have changed for the better. The song gives warning of the feistier side of life.
Going back to the theme of being the other woman, “Amy” tells the apology of why things happened. In the end, the man is better off with Amy unless she doesn’t truly love him. The other woman is in love with him and has a hard time of letting go. The twang in Sweeney’s vocals provides a great emphasis in the song.
Kicking things into high gear, we come to “Worn Out Heart.” The driving number has the great line, “You can’t wear down a worn out heart like you can’t bend a busted chain.” There’s no point in trying, but the man needs to move on with his life because she has clearly made the move to not give him another chance.
“Mean As You” goes on to say that the singer is the better person being out of the relationship. In the end, the other person is downright mean trying to ruin the reputation.
They say some die from broken hearts. Others will write about it. With “It Wrecks Me,” Sunny Sweeney sings with pain and sorrow, but with confidence knowing that things will get better. The wail of the steel guitar and baritone guitar plays emphasis throughout the song to compliment the lyrics.
“Helluva Heart” shows the backside of leaving a relationship where the ex tries to rip apart someone with words. The only thing done wrong was that the person portrayed in the story was to love that person. The ex runs his mouth, but Sweeney lays it on the line with lyrics such as, “Your talk is cheap in this town and I’m all done being weighed down.”
After you leave a horrible relationship that might even end in divorce, there is hope. There is a promise of a better life, and when you least expect it, love might be right in front of you. With all the darkness and heartache, there is sunlight. Sunny Sweeney singing “Fall For Me” provides that hope things will get better and you can find true love. However, this time around, you will be wiser and more cautious with your heart. However, when you know it is right, you will give it 100% of your heart.
With albums such as Sunny Sweeney’s “Concrete,” there is a new elite bunch to help fill the shoes of heartache of legends such as Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, and others. All of those prove there is a place in country music for heartache and hope from a woman’s point of view.
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Hollercast podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.