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Gene Watson's peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!
All of Gene Watson's Peers who were contacted during 2006 were most gracious with their time and words. It is here, within this special part of the Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Sunny Sweeney, which she submitted to this site on Friday 10 November 2006.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Sunny Sweeney who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Friday 10 November 2006.
'Gene Watson is a bad ass. He was one of the first bad asses that I remember.
'Fourteen Carat Mind' is still probably my number three or four favourite song ever'.
Thank you, Sunny Sweeney, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Sunny Sweeney...
Sunny Sweeney was born Sunny Michaela Sweeney in Houston, Texas and was raised in the east Texas town of Longview; from an early age she was encouraged to be a singer. Her stepfather, a musician and songwriter himself, taught Sunny to play guitar after she was given an instrument as a present one Christmas.
Sunny Sweeney played her first 'real' gig, fronting her own band, in September 2004 at the Carousel Lounge in Austin, Texas. In less than a year, she was holding down weekly residencies at multiple Austin honky-tonk bars and drawing a crowd at each show that countless other artists in the 'Live Music Capital of the World' would kill for.
Sunny Sweeney's musical influences include Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks), Kasey Chambers, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn. Sunny Sweeney also scored a short tour of Europe, highlighted by sharing a bill with Dwight Yoakam at a festival in Norway.
In 2004, Sunny Sweeney began playing guitar and writing songs; she formed her own band and booked their first gig in September 2004, which took place at the Carousel Lounge in Austin, Texas.
In 2006, Sunny Sweeney was voted the Academy of Western Artists' Discovery Award winner as the most promising new artist.
Sunny Sweeney's debut album, 'Heartbreaker's Hall Of Fame' (Big Machine Records, 2007), was recorded in Floresville, Texas and was released (independently) on Friday 3 March 2006 and (nationally) on Tuesday 6 March 2007.
Sunny Sweeney's 'Heartbreaker's Hall Of Fame' (Big Machine Records, 2007) was co-produced by Sunny with producers Tommy Detamore (guitar, pedal steel, lap steel and dobro) and Tom Lewis (drums).
'Heartbreaker's Hall Of Fame' (Big Machine Records, 2007) included three original songs from Sunny Sweeney; 'Slow Swinging Western Tunes', 'Heartbreaker's Hall Of Fame' and 'Ten Years Pass'.
Three singles, 'If I Could', 'Ten Years Pass' and 'East Texas Pines', from Sunny Sweeney's 'Heartbreaker's Hall Of Fame' (Big Machine Records, 2007) entered the Texas Music Chart.
Sunny Sweeney's 'Heartbreaker's Hall Of Fame' (Big Machine Records, 2007) also included a number of cover versions.
Jim Lauderdale recorded 'Please Be San Antone', which was co-written by Emily Irwin (later known as Emily Robison) of the Dixie Chicks, and included the track on 'Onward Through It All' (BNA Records, 1999).
Lacy J. Dalton recorded '16th Avenue' and included the track on '16th Avenue' (Columbia Records, 1982); the track was a Billboard Top Ten country music hit single for Lacy J. Dalton in 1982.
Iris Dement recorded 'Mama's Opry' and included the track on 'Infamous Angel' (Warner Bros. Records, 1992).
'Heartbreaker's Hall Of Fame' (Big Machine Records, 2007) produced three singles in 'If I Could', 'Ten Years Pass' and 'East Texas Pines', none of which charted.
On Friday 2 March 2007, Sunny Sweeney made her debut on the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville; it was country music legend Little Jimmy Dickens who introduced her.
In 2009, Sunny Sweeney was signed as the first artist to Republic Records Nashville, a newly-founded joint venture between Big Machine Records and Universal Republic.
Sunny Sweeney's first single for the label, 'From A Table Away', was released on Monday 28 June 2010; it became her first chart single when it debuted at No.58 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart for the week of Saturday 26 June 2010.
Sunny Sweeney saw the release of her second album, 'Concrete' (Republic Nashville Records, 2011), on Tuesday 23 August 2011.
'Concrete' (Republic Nashville Records, 2011) included the Billboard Hot Country singles 'From A Table Away' (No.10, 2010), 'Staying's Worse Than Leaving' (No.38, 2011) and 'Drink Myself Single' (No.36, 2011).
'Staying's Worse Than Leaving' was co-written by Sunny Sweeney with Radney Foster and Jay Clementi.
'Concrete' (Republic Nashville Records, 2011) also included 'Drink Myself Single', which was co-written by Sunny Sweeney and Monty Holmes.
Sunny Sweeney wearing a Gene Watson shirt at The Poodle Dog Lounge on 6507 Burnet Road in Austin, Texas