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SweetKenny

Dafter, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Dafter, Michigan, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Rock Singer/Songwriter

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"Album Review; Ancient Hunter"

WoodBanger Magazine
September 26, 2015
Pyro


I was first introduced to the music of Sweet Kenny earlier this year, via the official WoodBangers song “A New Dawn” (which was released as a single and on his June 2015 album Fleabag Hotel). Since then, I have had the pleasure of listening to many of his other albums and have enjoyed them all. Sweet Kenny has not restricted himself and his music in one certain kind of style; this man loves music and it shows because he experiments and makes all kinds of songs and albums. So when I heard he already had another album coming out, only a few months after “Fleabag Hotel”, I was impressed with this man’s passion for his craft, but also eager to see and listen to what new sounds my ears would have the pleasure of soaking up. He did not disappoint when he released “Ancient Hunter” last month. True to what he’s done on previous albums, it was something new and different from what he’d done before, but just as well composed and thought out. This time around, he went with a video game vibe to the music and I loved it. It made me feel like I was listening to the audio of an edgy adventure video game. And I literally found myself wanting to play this game that didn’t exist, just to see the scenery and know the story! Sweet Kenny has proven once again that he is an amazing musician with a true passion for what he does. Hell! He’s already working on his next album!! Does this man not sleep!? LOL He even creates his own cover art for his albums, and you can see clearly he wanted to evoke more of the video game vibe, by creating his own female action hero inspired by the lovely Lara Croft, to grace the cover in her adventures. Wonderfully done, on all accounts, Sweet Kenny! Keep up the kick ass work and I can’t wait to see what you do next!
“Ancient Hunter” is the latest album released by Sweet Kenny, featuring 11 new video game inspired tracks that are meant to take you on an adventure. You can find album on Google Play and Amazon.

Article by: Pyro
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"Album Review; Ink!"

The Sault Metal Scene
July 30, 2014
Robert Figures
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SweetKenny - "Ink!" Review
It's time for our 61st monthly CD review at the SMS (and last before factoring all local punk bands into our selections), as we're hitting the Sault Michigan area for the first time in over 8 months in this series, with this month's review being of Dafter hard rock artist Ken "SweetKenny" Sutton's eighth solo album "Ink!" Chosen over his newest album "This End Up" (which came out last month) for this review due to it's heavier material, "Ink!" came out on March 23rd, and was recorded over the preceding months at Waterfall Records. Featuring just Ken on vocals and all instruments, he describes this CD as a "heavy rock" fun album with freestyle playing, and you can buy it at CD Baby right now for $9.99 in mp3 format, $12.97 on CD, or 99¢ for each individual song, or on BandCamp for $12. The full album (which features full songs with vocals as well as instrumentals) can also be streamed for free on SweetKenny's website too, but support his work by buying it as well! A 10 song album running for about 48 minutes, let's begin this review with a look at the first song!

"Ink!" starts with "Shake, Shake, Shake!", which begins with the exclamation "Gee Mom, all the guys are doing it!" before launching into the actual music, and if you're familiar with SweetKenny's recent original work, the bluesy hard rock essence and riffing will fit right with your expectations. Catchy little number, Ken's Elvis-remniscent vocals return for this track, though the stop/start chorus vocals seem like a mood killer and don't flow with the surrounding verses. The song does meander a bit late, but Ken's guitar skill is on full display, and there's enough heavy action to go around to please fans! I just wish the choruses were livelier on average. Second is "Bridge to No-Where", a slower instrumental track that is reminiscent of a cleaner sounding Sykotyk Rampage, and while it doesn't reinvent the wheel from many of Ken's recent instrumental tracks, it has a very solid guitar melody, and the drum tracks are catchy for the backing rhythm! Very solid showcase of SweetKenny's range of musical talents, though the song admittedly feels more like a summer road trip song than one on the title bridge.

Third on "Ink!" is "This Is Not Where I Wantta Be", which is about a time in Ken's life when he felt trapped, only for God to save and help him. Despite the themes, this song is similar in musical style to much of his past work, aside from more reserved (yet lyrically strong) melodic singing. Deliberately paced, the song's structure can be a bit muddled, which contrasts the meaningful and impassioned vocals. Interesting track with a good personal message, but the previous songs seemed to be put together better on the whole. That's followed by "Burn Baby Burn", which is simply about "the things to come", though the song does feature more religious themes. Vocally, Ken's singing is more rangy and dramatic than we're used to seeing, which adds a different wrinkle, but it doesn't work too well on the shaky choruses. Muscially, it's a strong familiar composition with a constant melody, and the guitar work is a standout here! Another solid track, it should attract an audience too, but the somewhat forced singing may not be for everyone.

Song #5 is "It's All Because Of You", which is the only song on this CD to run for under 4 minutes. A song about a type of girlfriend that Kenny thinks most guys have had over the years, this has the most basic song structure yet, but it's to the point nature and direct lyrics should strike the right chord with many listeners! I like some of the vocal effects and layering, and the spoken word asides lend a lighter feel to this track that people in some types of relationships might identify with. Not the heaviest song on the album, but one of the more consistent, with a steady rhythm and melody, and it's one of the better early tracks! Sixth is "Squahanna Two Two Two Two", whose title is inspired by the 1939 Three Stooges short "Three Sappy People", and Ken provides some callbacks to the Stooges and the short with spoken word bookends. Otherwise, it's the second instrumental on "Ink!", though the song doesn't remind me of something that would fit the title subject matter, being another mid-paced bluesy hard rocker. Solidly performed though, with a good pacing, effective guitar and bass work, and a clear sense of it's purpose, so give it a listen!

Then we have "A Hard Habit (To Get Where I Want To Be)", which is about following your dreams and what God puts into your heart. By far the slowest and most reserved song so far on this album, Ken's freestyle playing style feels more muted here, and the somewhat dark tone contrasts the optimistic message, but it's nice to see some variance to his usual sounds, and his Elvis Presley-ish tone is put to good use for a song of this style! Not the heaviest track on "Ink!", but fans looking for something a little slower might enjoy "A Hard Habit"! The eighth song is "Up & Down", which fittingly, is about life's ups and downs. The longest track on the album, Ken self described it as "a great guitar song", and it is the disc's third instrumental. More of a return to form for Ken's usual freewheeling hard rock sounds, with nice rollicking drum tracks, and strong guitar licks, though like on some of his earlier material, the song does seem to trail off and go in many directions by the end. My favourite instrumental so far though!

The penultimate song on "Ink!" is "Secret Life", which is about wanting to leave a girl, among other related subjects. Drawn out slower vocals overtop of usual hard rock action, I really like the guitar on this song, which is melodic, varied, and provides some of Ken's best solo moments on this album! I enjoy the composition and heavier moments, but the vocals seem like leftovers from another unused song, and they don't fit well here. Aside from that, this is probably my favourite song on "Ink!" just on a musical basis, and it's a great way to show off Ken's skill! The CD closes with "They Like It Naughty", a slightly longer instrumental whose title probably refers to the feel of the song rather than any absent lyrics would have. Honestly, the song doesn't feel particularly "naughty", but it does have another solid guitar solo, a familiar groove, and some nice creativity to give "Ink!" a solid cap to this album. I'd probably have liked to see this song played at a faster tempo, but fans won't complain otherwise!

So, what are my final thoughts on "Ink!"? I say it's another consistent effort from Ken Sutton's recently prolific solo discography, and it maintains a consistent trajectory from his last album that we reviewed ("Perception" from last year.) It does improve on some areas, having more songs with instrumentals, slightly shorter tracks, and there's a better balance of songs, so standout tracks like "Secret Life" and "It's All Because Of You" are spread out more evenly! Nothing seemed rushed either, but some songs did meander a bit in their latter halves, and there is a sameness to the themes and melodies of some that might give some listeners deja vu from SweetKenny's other recent albums with vocals. I also think Ken should try to better match his singing voice with the song and/or lyrics, as that wasn't always perfect upon recording. A slight improvement on "Perception", Ken's solo material remains strong, so give "Ink!" a listen for some bluesy hard rock freestyle action, and look out for his new album "Amazonian" later this year!

I hope you guys liked this month's CD review! Our next look at a SweetKenny album (likely of either "This End Up" or "Amazonian") is very possible for early 2015, but that's pending how his release schedule and our review schedule shapes up. Next month's review on the site will be of a new metal, hard rock, or punk album if released before month's end, but in case none does, we'll begin reviewing archive punk albums frequently in gaps on the calendar, so we can get up to speed on that side of the local album spectrum! For reference, we're leaning towards The Northern Tragedy's "Home Ice" EP if nothing new comes out in August, but that's tentative. Stay tuned for more soon, and for weekend concert previews tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

Posted by The Sault Metal Scene at 3:31 PM
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Bio
SweetKenny
Kenneth M. Sutton

Kenneth M. Sutton was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 4th, 1961
Ken started his music career when he was 11 years old playing the Drums,
his love of music has started him in Recording and singing when he was 15 years old on a 2-track tape player,
Ken would record himself singing like Elvis Presley and playing the Guitar which he taught himself to play.

Ken Sutton has played in various bands and has written and co-written many songs with other artist
Ken  has had Radio play in Detroit on WPON 1460 am and Internet Radio in and out of the USA.
Ken is now working on his career as a solo artist,
and has returned back to writing with his new albums"SweetKenny “Raw and Honest”, “The Whole World Is A Fantasy”
" FootSteps ", " Jennifer's Box Of Junk ", " Doo Hickey ", " Perception ", " Cracks In The Wall ", " INK! ", " This End Up! "
" Amazonian ", "Slobber", "Fleabag Hotel", " Ancient Hunter ", " The Walkers " Rise Of The Dead ", " Comic Book! "
 " Only Us Left Standing "
and his newest album  released on February 5th, 2016 titled " White Knuckles "
Ken has also composed the theme song for WoodBangers LLC Entertainment Network Titled
" A New Dawn " The Official WoodBangers Theme Song.
He's also writing/composing a new music for film/tv and games.

Ken has also had song placement in a " Finland Television Show Titled " SHEDDING FOR THE WEDDING/episode 5 " DEVILS IN THE DETAILS " song title " FEEL THE FLOW " and in a ABC Family Episode Of " EXORCISMS AND GHOSTS FREAK ME OUT "
song titled " It's Scary Out There "

He has also been Accepted into Pump Audio music service.
And Soundfile Productions Inc. in LA. Soundfile Productions Inc, has also "Published" many of Ken's songs.(see foot note)

In 1984 Ken started his Recording career on a 4-track tape recorder and recorded for local players in Detroit, things started to work for Ken and he then moved up to an A-dat 8-track recorder. From then on Ken has not looked back and began Recording on a DAW, starting out with Steinberg's Cubase in 1993 and then moving up to Nuendo, Ken has attended Berklee Music ,and has recived Certification's,  in DeskTop Music Productions, Mixing and Mastering in Protools and Music Production.

( FOOTNOTE )
I also write film scores and game scores, and many has been "Published" by "Soundfile Production Inc" in LA., Soundfile Productions Inc. has had placement in many tv shows CSI (CBS), Law and Order (NBC) and Sleeper Cell (Showtime). “War” (Lionsgate), “Waitress” (Fox), and “The Protector” (Weinstein Company) to name a few.

 
 



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Kenneth Sutton is a Rock solo artist from Detroit ( USA ) and formed the band SweetKenny in 2000.
Ken is a singer/songwriter/composer, guitar player, bass player and recording engineer. Ken has 16 albums released through his own label Water Fall Records in Michigan ( USA ). His 16th album titled " White Knuckles " as with all his music, is composed, produced and entirely done by Ken. with all parts played by Ken as well as art design for the album.

I am also writing a new album titled " SweetKenny In Your Face " to be released in April of this year!

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