Kate Sweeney
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Kate Sweeney

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"Sweeney's Sound Lonesome, and That's a Good Thing"

You may never have heard a sound so lonesome and bleak as Kate Sweeney. Not that that's a bad thing.

After stunning a crowd at the Colony Café a few months ago, the Athens, Ga., singer-songwriter now based in New York City has released her first EP produced by D. B. Leonard.

Leading off with the haunting "Lonesome," Sweeney says a lot with few words, and isn't afraid of space and even silence. In a way, she's a female Ralph Stanley (if such a thing was possible): simple, stark, powerful and unforgettable.

"Appletree" describes in detail her lover's hands and ways in an always literary manner. Leonard's spare production offers little intrusion, and allows Sweeney room to breathe, pull the listener in and work her magic. One of the most unique and original voices to come along in years, Sweeney can steal your heart and break it in the same instant.

Sweeney can be seen at various regional gigs, and be heard Dec. 12th on WAMC on Performance Place.

Visit www.myspace.com/katesweeney and http://www.sadbirdmusic.com/ for music and more information

--David Malachowski
Daily Freeman 2007
http://www.dailyfreeman.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19092827&BRD=1769&PAG=461&dept_id=81976&rfi=6 - The Daily Freeman 12/07/2007


Lonesome EP, 2007



Kate Sweeney was born in Athens, GA, the youngest daughter of a carpenter midwife and a screenwriting English professor. Her earliest memory of music: Being very quiet on the floor of the study while her parents made tapes out of Neil Young records, for trips in the family station wagon.
In 1989 Kate's parents packed up their four children and moved to Los Angeles, where her father studied film at AFI. Six years later, he died of cancer and the family moved again, to the woods of upstate New York.
At eighteen, Kate left home for the purple blue skies and red canyons of Utah, where she worked as a landscaper and waitress. For the past five years, Kate has lived mostly in New York City, fighting a bad case of the wandering blues.
Always a writer, as far back as recorded memory will stretch its long tape, Kate met DB Leonard in New York in 2003: He taught Kate to play the guitar and told her to write a first verse, a luthier classical met a 1932 regal parlor guitar and the rest is history.