Songwriter and singer Sunny Sweeney has announced a September 23 launch date for her new album, Married Alone, via Thirty Tigers.
Already gaining plaudits for the first single off the album, entitled A Song Can’t Fix Everything, Sweeney is due over on UK shores in August, a trip that is sure to win her plenty of new fans.
The song, co-written with Lori McKenna and featuring Paul Cauthen – who also produced the forthcoming album with The Texas Gentlemen’s Beau Bedford – blends simplicity and purity of verse with a haunting soundtrack.
It’s the story of how a song gets you through different stages of life and Sweeney’s down-to-earth harmonies are just divine. Shot with a cinematic style video, this song is one you will want to put on repeat again and again.
My suggestion is, if you’re a fan of pop country look away now. If you love the Nanci Griffith style of country, then check out the link below and hit that pre-save button for the album – you won’t be disappointed.
Here’s what Sweeney herself had to say about the making of the single: “I was stepping into the elevator at my hotel as we were leaving Chicago after a great run, and this title popped into my head.
“Despite the fact that music is so special to me, and always has been, and can lift me up and bring me out of a funk, I was having a shitty day. I only wanted to stay in bed and listen to Tom Petty.”
What she and Lori McKenna wrote in the final version of “A Song Can’t Fix Everything” is at once uplifting and heartbreaking. “That song can’t bring my mother back to life,” Sweeney sings at the song’s start, before recounting the many ways that music may be able to transport us to the past but can never fix it.
“It’s about just trying to find those three minutes of happiness you get relating to something and taking yourself out of your everyday life,” she adds. “Letting yourself slip away, it can feel like it’s going to be ok, even if, ultimately, it may not be.” Sweeney is joined on vocals by the song and album’s co-producer, beloved Texas musician, and larger-than-life personality Paul Cauthen.
He says:”Sunny Sweeney is a woman that has a lot to say, I knew that from the beginning. The opportunity [to produce] arose from heaven’s gates. I believe truth and honesty outweighs any sex or genre. This is undeniable…don’t put it in a box and if you do, the box is Sunny’s. Listen to what is real.”
Married Alone is described as Sweeney’s “finest work yet”, bringing together confessional songwriting, image-rich narratives, and no shortage of sonic surprises for a loosely conceptual album about loss and healing.
Pre-order or pre-save Married Alone ahead of its release: https://orcd.co/marriedalone
August show dates are as follows:
19/8 – Millport Country Music Festival – Millport, UK
26/8 – The Long Road Festival – Bottesford, UK
30/8 – O2 Academy Islington – London, UK
More information/tickets: sunnysweeney.com/tour