When: Sat., June 30, 3:30 p.m. 2012
On "Fall for Me," the final song of her latest album, Concrete (Republic Nashville), Texas country singer Sunny Sweeney seems certain she'll get the man she wants—it's as though she's bouncing back, after a record that's mostly about cheating, breakups, and other forms of romantic misery. She cowrote seven of the ten songs, and her lyrics don't sugarcoat much, despite the woozy pedal steel, biting fiddles, and gooey hooks of the Nashville hit factory, which definitely add some sweet to the bitter: she boozes herself into trouble on the opener, "Drink Myself Single," and sulkily watches the man she's been having an affair with enjoying a romantic dinner with his wife on "From a Table Away." Some of the cuts do feel like assembly-line productions, but at her best Sweeney writes catchy melodies that don't rely on Music City cliches and honest lyrics that don't always have to make her look good—the occasional bout of bad behavior goes a long way toward making her sound like an actual human. —Peter Margasak Sweeney performs as part of the Country Throwdown with Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, Josh Thompson, Eric Paslay, and others.