Sunny Sweeney introduces new songs at intimate Attic show

Johnathan Hettinger —
Thursday, November 15, 2018
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Country music singer Sunny Sweeney, of Nashville, plays at a show at The Attic on Friday. Sweeney said she likes to play in Livingston and introduced a new song about Livingston at the show.


My expectations the first time I saw Sunny Sweeney were very low. She was playing a free show at the Country Music Hall of Fame in April 2014, and I had never heard of her.

I was visiting the museum on a weekend trip to Nashville and thought I might as well sit and listen for a bit. Immediately, I was hooked. Her songs about cheating and heartbreak and growing up were sincere, honest and candid.

I spent much of the drive home listening to her music, even more so than Steve Moakler, an artist who I had traveled to Nashville to see.

In the past four years, I’ve followed Sweeney’s career from afar, but haven’t thought too frequently of her. I always enjoy her music, but I doubt any of her songs are on my top played playlists.

When I saw that she was coming to Livingston, I immediately marked my calendar, but I was surprised. She seemed too big to come to such a small town, but then again, Livingston has frequently surprised me.

A man, standing outside of The Attic smoking, told me that Sweeney has become a frequenter of Livingston, apparently discovering the charm this little Montana town holds. The man, who said he looks forward to her shows, said she reminds him of Dolly Parton, even though she doesn’t try to remind you of Dolly Parton. That’s a good thing, he explained, which is good because if she did try, that would mean it wasn’t genuine.

On Friday night, Sweeney played an intimate show, appearing comfortable, almost at home, playing in front of friends in a hat that came low over her eyes.

She said that she likes to come here twice a year and joked she’s had no near-death experiences this trip, unlike past trips, which had approximately 27, partially thanks to her lack of experience driving on snow growing up in Texas.

“We got four-wheel-drive this time, just in case,” Sweeney said.

Sweeney played a few new songs that she had never played before, telling the audience that if they recorded them and posted them on YouTube, she would come to their house and slice their tires.

One song was about Livingston. I wish I knew the lyrics better, but I’m sure we’ll all hear it more soon. She said it might be on an upcoming record that she’ll start soon.

“Finally,” Sweeney said.

Or at least, she’ll play next time she’s back in town.