Sunny Sweeney – “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving”

Blake Boldt | March 31st, 2011

Sunny SweeneySongwriters: Sunny Sweeney, Radney Foster, and Jay Clementi

All aboard the Sunny Sweeney bandwagon. As fans await the release of her full-length album, Republic Nashville offers the follow-up to her recent Top Ten hit, “From a Table Away.” Confronted by the end of a long-term romance, Sweeney steps forward to call it quits on “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving.”

As commercial concerns might influence artists to perform more uplifting material, Sweeney’s songs often carry an emotional heft and insight into that little thing called heartache. At the outset of the song, after an ominous guitar lick signals trouble ahead, Sweeney admits this is just the beginning of her healing process.

Though the thought of goodbye has whipped her into a tailspin, she’s composed herself to make the final break. It’s clear that she expects to get a guilt trip from family and friends, but you have to admire her attitude towards their concerns: “I don’t care who passes judgment on my reasons.” There’s something daring and brave that springs from Sweeney’s Texas twang, a couple qualities her character will need now that’s she got her shot at independence. Her voice, bending and curling around these bitter words, shines a sharp glow on the painful truths of human relationships.

When Sweeney sings the last verse, her suitcase is likely in hand and her heart is likely in shambles. “Words leave scars and Lord knows they heal slow,” she sings wearily, dragging out the last few notes. The tempo slows momentarily, but then the percussion–enhanced by a healthy dose of mournful steel in the mix–picks up and puts the stamp on this dying romance.

Looking to strike while the iron is hot, Sunny Sweeney’s team has chosen a solid reinforcement for the success of “From a Table Away.” This latest single should do good for her future as a modern hitmaker with a traditional bent.

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  1. Jonathan
    March 31, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I’m really enjoying Sunny right now. I agree that “Staying” is a very worthy follow-up to “From A Table Away” even if her recent hit is a better song than this one.

    My biggest issue with the song is when she sings the title. She drags out the “Staying” to try and make the whole thing fit within the melodic structure of the song. It sounds kind of awkward to me.

    I like that she isn’t afraid to stand out from the pack by not only recording more traditional leaning country music, but not getting whisked into any of the trends plagging most of her contemporaries.

    Let’s hope radio continues to embrace her, as she is someone (along with Miranda Lambert) Nashville really needs right now.

  2. wade
    March 31, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I like her voice…I like this song better than her first….then again, I have rarely disliked any song Radney Foster had anything to do with……

  3. Joe
    March 31, 2011 at 11:14 am

    While every song on her EP is great, I am glad to see they chose this as the follow-up single. The conviction she sings with is unparalleled. Here’s to another Top 10!

  4. Russell
    March 31, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Killer song and a killer EP. Love the new stuff so much I bought her debut album this week actually. Here’s to hoping she becomes a big thing in Nashville while staying true to material like this.

  5. John
    March 31, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Let’s hope that radio picks up on this song faster than they did on “Table.” This is really promising for her full-length, and I’m eagerly awaiting it.

  6. Waynoe
    March 31, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Sunny is a great talent. For me, I do not like this song as well as the music seems to overpower her voice more than “Table”. Her impact is her voice and it just doesn’t seem to be as resonate in this song. My belief is it’s the arrangement and not her inability. Nonetheless, I hope it does well as she is a great vocalist.

  7. Noeller
    March 31, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Love this girl — praying that this is a sign of the future of females in Country music. More Sunny/Ashton, less Carrie/Taylor!!

  8. Waynoe
    March 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Hmmm. I think I like that comment Noeller.

  9. Noeller
    March 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I’m telling you, Waynoe, we need a “Like” button for just about everything in life. ;)

  10. Sunny Sweeney
    March 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    thanks yall! i’m VERY excited about this song coming out next!!

  11. Noeller
    March 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Woo hoo! She’s here! …We were glad to be spinning “…Table…” at Canada radio, SS, and here’s hoping we can get the new one going, as well!!

  12. Jonathan
    March 31, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    It’s always exciting when singers read what the blogs are saying about them. That’s really neat that Sunny joined in the conversation here. She just went up many points in my book!

    I’m glad she’s so excited about her new single. It’s one of the best songs at radio right now. She should be very proud of it.

  13. Waynoe
    March 31, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    @Sunny – Thanks for stopping in! Best wishes to you as you brighten our hopes for the genre we all love but at times are saddened with.

  14. Vicki
    March 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Great song and voice!

  15. Nicolas
    March 31, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Ah, I love this song about equal to FATA and I’ve only heard this a handful of times, and I’ve listened to her first hit over 170 times. She’s very consistent and I love her voice, so I’m hoping she continues to make music and have success w/ country radio.

    Can’t wait for her album to be released. <3

  16. BAMBI
    April 1, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I hope they play this on my local radio. One of my favourite songs.

  17. Rick
    April 1, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Sunny has posted comments here at The 9513 in the past, and most of them were to give me sh*t for off the wall comments I made! (lol) I will always treasure my advance copy of Sunny’s new CD where she signed it “Rick, you can kiss my ass”! Now that’s what I call Texas sass!

    I think “Staying” is a good follow up single even though I prefer “Drink Myself Single”. I realize that Top 40 country radio doesn’t like female artists to get too rambunctious and her label folks are far more attuned to the format than myself. Maybe “Drink Myself Single” can be the third radio single? Hmm…

    After taking many month’s to peak at # 10 “From A Table Away” has fallen quickly off the charts, so this second single is coming out at the perfect time. Thank goodness Republic Nashville is using the momentum “Table” has generated and is not dropping the ball like so many Nashville labels do. Its time to get that new music video ready and out on the airwaves. Go Sunny!

  18. Noeller
    April 1, 2011 at 11:37 am

    @Rick — I think, personally, I like “Amy” more than “…Single”. I love the idea of a girl coming out and saying that she’s going to get blitzed-drunk…I really do…but I think Amy is the better song, personally.

  19. TX music jim
    April 1, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    From the first time I head Sunny perform back in 2007 in san Antonio, I thought she had the talent to be a star in country music. I’m glad radio is giving her a shot. It is refreshing and about time!

  20. Jeremy Dylan
    April 1, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Fingers crossed from a number one.

  21. CountryMusicFan
    April 1, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I really hope this song does well for her. I personally would have picked “Drink Myself Single” as her newest single, but maybe it will make it as a single after this one. It’s nice to hear a more traditional female singer getting airplay now. It’s nice to hear a female singer going the opposite direction of Taylor and Carrie.

  22. Rick
    April 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Noeller, “Amy” is one of my favorite songs on Sunny’s album but I think it’s just to mellow and traditional sounding for Yankee Top 40 AirHead Country Radio to bite. I think you should spin “Amy” on your station just for the hell of it! (lol)

    So now its 2 of us that vote for “Drink Myself Single” and hope its the 3rd single release. That song would be a nice kick in the ass wake up call to all those clueless, doofus program directors around the US. Sort of an antidote to all that CRS industry groupthink bullsh*t…

  23. Waynoe
    April 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    @Rick – Isn’t it a shame that a song that is mellow and traditional sounding will probably not get played on radio?

  24. Jordan Stacey
    April 9, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    @Rick and Waynoe, Love “Amy” and think it’s a shame that it probably won’t be a single, but “Drink Myself Single” is going to be a hit if they everr realease it. So count me in for wanting it as a single.

  25. brenda gill
    April 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Love, Love, Love me some Sunny Sweeney tunage, all us Texas girls gotta stick together, loved you at Dos Amigos with the first album, anxiously awaiting the rest of this one, so far you haven’t let anyone down with the style of music you are so very blessed to bring us. Stay true to yourself and they will come!!!!

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