Sunny Sweeney at Ashley Street Station In Valdosta, GA

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Mar 062019
 

By Joshua Wallace

Photo Credit : Joshua Wallace

On February 23rd, 2019 we were lucky enough to have Sunny Sweeney down here in Valdosta, GA at the local dive bar called Ashley Street Station.  I had just seen her open for Cody Jinks at a sold out Florida Theater in Jacksonville, FL for nearly 2,000 people and this was a much different show.  This was a much more intimate, more rowdy and more rockin’ set.  Ashley Street Station holds around 200 or so on a good day and this was a good crowd.  The night opened with W.D. Miller playing some original tunes followed by local singer Jen Anders.  Following that, Sunny came on and rocked the house for about 2 hours straight and it was a good time.

W.D. Miller 

W.D. Miller started the evening off and played a few tunes off his 2018 album “Burnt Bridges and Broken Hearts”.  He played originals such as “Samael (My Name Is Sam)”, “Barroom For A Shelter” and “How In The World”.  One of the highlights was during “Samael (My Name Is Sam)” when W.D. went off mic and his voice filled the room with song.  Jen Anders followed with another short set.  Her set contained mostly cover tunes mixed in with an original or two.  The covers Jen did were all in her acoustic style and she got the crowd ready to go with her acoustic renderings of familiar songs.

Jen Anders

Sunny Sweeney took the stage shortly after Jen Anders and got straight into it with the first new song of the night called “Tie Me Up”.  She played about 5 new songs in this set list and each of them sound amazing.   I for one cannot wait for her next album.  She also got to some highlights from her last album Trophy with tracks such as a couple of favorites of mine, “Pills” and “Pass The Pain”.  I love the stripped down guitar version of “Pass The Pain”.  It’s a different sound from the original and I like when bands can bring something different live.  She also did a great cover of Don Williams’s “Tulsa Time” which I enjoyed.

Sunny Sweeney and Harley Husbands lead guitar, Adrian Myers drums, Dillon Sampson bass guitar

At some point in the set, the band requested tequila shots.  This is a common occurrence at a dive bar, so nothing new here.  At some point later, shots turned into bottles, again nothing unusual around these parts.  Things got interesting when the band discovered a scorpion in one of the bottles of Jose Cuervo.  Sunny challenged a member of the audience to drink it for a free t-shirt.  You know what? Someone actually did and it was crazy.  These are the kinds of things that can happen when you see someone at a small dive bar such as Ashley Street Station.

Sunny Sweeney and a bottle of tequila on the floor

The band got to some other newer songs on the set list as well including “Body In A Box Car” and “I Drink Well With Others” which will appear on her next album.  She also got to some deeper tracks like “Uninvited” from her Provoked album and “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving” from her 2011 release Concrete.  This deeper set was heavy on tracks from her Trophy album as the band also got to “Bottle By My Bed”, “Better Bad Idea” and “Nothing’s Wrong With Texas” to name a few.  It wouldn’t be a Sunny Sweeney show without the radio hit “From A Table Away” which is also one of my favorite tracks.

Sunny Sweeney brings new tracks to Ashley Street Station

One of my favorite newer tracks that Sunny is playing live now is called “Poet’s Prayer” and she dedicates it to artists playing out on the road.  On this night, she dedicated it to W.D. Miller who opened up the show.  She ended the set with a great rendition of “Bad Girl Phase” from Provoked.

I highly recommend seeing Sunny Sweeney live in a setting like this while you still can.  Her stock is rising and it won’t be long before she is headlining big theater shows like Cody Jinks is.  She is actually just starting a run of opening dates for Bob Seger’s final tour.  After that, she is always on tour and you can find her current dates at https://sunnysweeney.com/.  I hope you get out to a show.

Introducing Country Roots Records.

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Mar 062019
 

I do a lot of work for a lot of people on this website, however I want to go back and share with you some of my own history. Around 2008 my divorce was in it’s infancy, and I found my paternal father in Kentucky. I began to live with him to get back on my feet again, and live once again for me. I focused my attention upon an idea I had for an underground music website, and how I could help proliferate the scene.

I had always listened to bands like Wayne The Train Hancock and the Old 97s, but never attended any festivals simply because there really weren’t many that featured it. Then, in 2010 I found this man and his dream he called Muddy Roots.

I didn’t know anybody, and I had no idea that my website would evolve into a ambassador for the brand, and all of it’s derivatives. I just knew I loved what he loved..history and obscure bands like the Jin Palace Jesters and Hot Club Of Cowtown, and on the flip Legends like Red Simpson.

The very first year I went I was completely timid and yet captivated by what I witnessed. Myspace was helping me find these bands like the Calamity Cubes, who happened to be the first band Mr. Jason ever booked. Muddy Roots turned me on to thousands of bands that culminated into my website around 2013, and shaped it into what it is today.

As the past few years I will be featuring articles from both he Muddy Roots Main Festival in Cookeville Tennessee, and the Nashville Boogie, which is an indoor Rockabilly and Western Swing festival in May.

But at this juncture I wanted to take time out to tell you about a new venture that Muddy Roots has been involved in, and that is called Country Roots Records. Now, recently Muddy Roots released the new Pat Reedy And The Longtime Goners album called “That’s All There Is (And There Ain’t No More)”. That particular album made my TOP 50 OF 2018, and just recently Mr. Pat Reedy played a terrific set in Memphis at the Ameripolitan Awards showcases.

 
It’s totally normal to begin a newsletter with a framed design of yourself as “The Mudfather.” It’s a long story and I’ve got to get on to the news. We’ll leave it to legend.
We’ve had something in the works for a few years now and it is finally here. That would be an ALL-COUNTRY record label on our plate. Yes, this is technically our 3rd label but they all go hand in hand. Country Roots Records is a division of Muddy Roots Music Recordings dedicated to albums that come from Country Roots!
We’re pulling in talent from all corners of the earth. Well, all corners of the U.S., the U.K., Europe and Brasil for starters. And that’s not just the artists. We are also building a publicity and film team.
This is what happens when the underground current gets too strong. I’ll sweep you away in a river of mud. Country mud, this time.
We have TONS of releases in the works. We’re going to tell you about them below.
Be sure to follow Country Roots Records on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM.
BEN JARRELL’S ROADSIDE REVIVAL
Troubled Times- Ben Jarrell Album Preview
We’ve pulled a few prior releases from other artists to the new label but this is our first NEW RELEASE ON COUNTRY ROOTS RECORDS!
Ben Jarrell reminds us of the real reasons we love country music! Born in South Alabama, Ben is now based out of Nashville, TN. His debut album, Troubled Times, recorded at Southern Ground Studios Nashville, is a fresh blend of hard-hitting Southern Rock, Outlaw Country, and Americana all topped with emotionally engaging lyrics. Ben tells stories that everyone can relate to but very few have ever lived! You can order your copy of Troubled Times atwww.BenJarrell.com

You will all be hearing more of Mr. Ben Jarrell on here my friends as he releases his new music.

Ol’ Pat Reedfy is back at it! We’re working on the next album now, due out this Autumn. John James of the Deslondes is producing. He’s touring every from Alaska, the West Coast, The Mid-West, the U.K. & Europe this year so bring your ass out!
“Everyone has a different songwriting process. Mine seems to be a hangover and a dump truck,” Reedy says, laughing. “I definitely had to write some of the songs really quickly because I was supposed to be doing something else.” – Wide Open Country
“Sounds Like: Gritty AM-country gold spinning on a truck-stop jukebox”
-Rolling Stone Country

This company has many great releases coming. Ameripolitan winner Miss Grace Adelle you can read more about that HERE.

Think classic Gene Autry style Christmas Record. That’s what we’re working on right now. The Farmer & Adele hit the studio in March.
With the sounds of classic songwriting in their music and the future in their sights, The Farmer & Adele are reimagining the modern cowboy/cowgirl while respecting its beginnings. Based out of Nashville, TN, The Farmer & Adele – led by Grace Adele and Keenan Wade – leads the pack of a new wave of musicians revitalizing western swing music. With a star-studded record, award nominations and their own morning radio show, The Farmer & Adele are a one-two punch of classic meets modern.
The Farmer & Adele have also quickly rooted themselves into the fabric of music communities near and far. The band’s debut effort, Into the Wide Open Sky, was selected to be featured as part of Nashville Public Library’s Boombox series, a closely curated music collection highlighting the best artists in Nashville. Most recently, the band was nominated by the Ameripolitan Music Awards for Best Western Swing Group. Also, their annual Country and Western Christmas Party tour is a beloved tradition that travels annually nationwide, featuring classic Christmas tunes, original holiday songs and their own take on The Nutcracker with a western swing twist.

And I’ll also be heavily covering their festivals..You can read all about the Nashville Boogie HERE. I shall have a TON of information up SOON about Muddy Roots Music Festival.

RECORDS & EVENTS
Hello Gary,
It’s totally normal to begin a newsletter with a framed design of yourself as “The Mudfather.” It’s a long story and I’ve got to get on to the news. We’ll leave it to legend.
We’ve had something in the works for a few years now and it is finally here. That would be an ALL-COUNTRY record label on our plate. Yes, this is technically our 3rd label but they all go hand in hand. Country Roots Records is a division of Muddy Roots Music Recordings dedicated to albums that come from Country Roots!
We’re pulling in talent from all corners of the earth. Well, all corners of the U.S., the U.K., Europe and Brasil for starters. And that’s not just the artists. We are also building a publicity and film team.
This is what happens when the underground current gets too strong. I’ll sweep you away in a river of mud. Country mud, this time.
We have TONS of releases in the works. We’re going to tell you about them below.
Be sure to follow Country Roots Records on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM.
BEN JARRELL’S ROADSIDE REVIVAL
Troubled Times- Ben Jarrell Album Preview
We’ve pulled a few prior releases from other artists to the new label but this is our first NEW RELEASE ON COUNTRY ROOTS RECORDS!
Ben Jarrell reminds us of the real reasons we love country music! Born in South Alabama, Ben is now based out of Nashville, TN. His debut album, Troubled Times, recorded at Southern Ground Studios Nashville, is a fresh blend of hard-hitting Southern Rock, Outlaw Country, and Americana all topped with emotionally engaging lyrics. Ben tells stories that everyone can relate to but very few have ever lived! You can order your copy of Troubled Times atwww.BenJarrell.com
TODD DAY WAIT’S PIGPEN
Todd Day Waits is in the studio now working on a 7″ release with Country Roots Records. We’ll have that pressed and waiting for his European tour this summer!
He’ll have dates with many of our friends over their including The Country Side of Harmonica Sam and Marcel Bontempi’s Snake Oil Company. More info at link below.
PAT REEDY & THE LONGTIME GONERS
Ol’ Pat Reedfy is back at it! We’re working on the next album now, due out this Autumn. John James of the Deslondes is producing. He’s touring every from Alaska, the West Coast, The Mid-West, the U.K. & Europe this year so bring your ass out!
“Everyone has a different songwriting process. Mine seems to be a hangover and a dump truck,” Reedy says, laughing. “I definitely had to write some of the songs really quickly because I was supposed to be doing something else.” – Wide Open Country
“Sounds Like: Gritty AM-country gold spinning on a truck-stop jukebox”
-Rolling Stone Country
THE FARMER & ADELE
Think classic Gene Autry style Christmas Record. That’s what we’re working on right now. The Farmer & Adele hit the studio in March.
With the sounds of classic songwriting in their music and the future in their sights, The Farmer & Adele are reimagining the modern cowboy/cowgirl while respecting its beginnings. Based out of Nashville, TN, The Farmer & Adele – led by Grace Adele and Keenan Wade – leads the pack of a new wave of musicians revitalizing western swing music. With a star-studded record, award nominations and their own morning radio show, The Farmer & Adele are a one-two punch of classic meets modern.
The Farmer & Adele have also quickly rooted themselves into the fabric of music communities near and far. The band’s debut effort, Into the Wide Open Sky, was selected to be featured as part of Nashville Public Library’s Boombox series, a closely curated music collection highlighting the best artists in Nashville. Most recently, the band was nominated by the Ameripolitan Music Awards for Best Western Swing Group. Also, their annual Country and Western Christmas Party tour is a beloved tradition that travels annually nationwide, featuring classic Christmas tunes, original holiday songs and their own take on The Nutcracker with a western swing twist.
Nashville Wine On The Rails
OUR MEDIA TEAM SLAYS.
Ever been day drinkin’ on an original 1950’s streamliner train? We charter an ol’ passenger train out of Nashville and haul folks all gussied up the rails to a couple different venues. This January we went to the Mill at Lebanon, TN.
Check out the photos by Jeremy Reaux below
3 Music Festivals In 2 Countries
Muddy Roots Europe 7th annual (Belgium)
Announcing bands soon!
The 8th annual Belgian Muddy Roots festival date is announced and tickets are on sale.
Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender 5th annual
**ON SALE NOW**
5th Annual Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender
2019 room reservations are already available through our website!
Day & Weekend passes available!
Follow our FB & IG for 2018 pics and updates.
10th annual Muddy Roots Music Festival.
We started announcing bands. It’s already to hot to handle.
We’ve added EYEHATEGOD, THE SKATALITES, JAMIE WYATT, MIKE AND THE MOONPIES, CHARLIE OVERBEY, & THE OBSESSED
WE HAVE TONS MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING!
Interested in learning more about
Muddy Roots Record releases?
Our shop is now closed to the public. Consider it our war room. We’re going to sell off our non-muddy records. 90% DISCOUNT ON ALL VINYL. (Not our label stuff)
THE COUNTRY SIDE OF HARMONICA SAM “OPEN LETTER TO THE BLUES” 12″ VINYL
12″ New vinyl, Bullseye El Toro Vinyl
El Toro Records Sweden
REVEREND BEATMAN ( Voodoo Rhythm) & THE GODDAMN GALLOWS
Side A: “Jesus Christ Twist”
Side B: “Howlin’ Wind”
Just $4 ya cheap bastards.