Sweet Sunny South

Sweet Sunny South

BandCountryBluegrass

Western Colorado's - SWEET SUNNY SOUTH - Acoustic Oldtime Bluegrass Music - A Traditional Sound, Original Songs, Always Entertaining - 4th CD, titled "Showtime" due out June 1, 2007

Biography

SWEET SUNNY SOUTH
OLDTIME BLUEGRASS STRINGBAND MUSIC.
www.sweetsunnysouth.com

They present a unique blend of original songs, mandolin romps, mixed with traditional oldtime and cajun fiddle tunes.

Playing as a full time band for most of their 5 years together, while staying based in the smalltown of Paonia, Colorado, the group has been seen at many festivals and theaters headlining and having a great time with audiences young and old.

Appearances have included THE FOUR CORNERS FOLK FEST, WINTERGRASS, SANTE FE BLUEGRASS FEST, MOAB FOLK FEST, CRESTED BUTTE MUSIC FEST, THE RIALTO THEATER, TELLURIDE NIGHTGRASS, SHULER OPERA HOUSE, PARADISE THEATER, COLLEGIATE PEAKS MUSIC FEST, SALT LAKE GALLIVAN FEST and many more. They perform about 100 dates a year.

SSS has gained a reputation for a lively and entertaining stage show, as well as fine songwriting. They have recorded two very popular studio CDs ('04, '05) of mostly original material that are enjoying strong reviews and getting heavy airplay on radio stations across the nation as well as Europe. In '06 they released a live effort, full of previously unreleased original music, and this June 07 expect the new studio project, "SHOWTIME" - with Aaron Youngberg (previously of Hit & Run) producing.

At their shows you’ll find them weaving in and out around a single microphone and dressed to a “T” in clothing reminiscent of a bygone era. They escort the listeners down a windy path of historical journeys, beautiful ballads and rollicking fiddle tunes complete with a healthy dose of humor that keeps the crowd smiling.

Banjo and Mandolin player Bill Powers, a Mississippi Native, writes most of the bands’ songs, which take the listener on scenic journeys into dusty old American music. Cory Obert plays a mean old-time fiddle, sometimes with a Cajun flare and sings a solid high tenor. Rob Miller also writes, plays the D-28 and sings lead and harmony. The newest member, Shelley Gray (a.k.a. “Laura Ingalls Wilder-n-Swingin”) plays the ‘ol kay Bass, sings, hollers, and puts the "Sweet" in Sweet Sunny South.

Sweet Sunny South represents the traditional music of greats such as The Stanley Brothers and The Carter Family at the same time drawing influences from more contemporary bands such as The Freighthoppers, The Wilders and The Reeltime Travelers.

For booking information contact Rob Miller 970-527-4791.

Lyrics

Lodis

Written By: Bill Powers

Lodise Dupleschent had the calus on his hand
he was a mighty hard working man
Out every morning before the sun comes up
just eekin out a livin on the land.
He was a flat-land farmer way down in Louisiana
he was a cajun and a coon-ass too
Rosary hangin from the rear view mirror
Hail Mary wont you pull me through

Wont you pull me through, pull me through,
hail mary wont you pull me through?
Flat-land farmer way down in Louisiana,
he was Cajun and a coon ass,
Cajun and a coon ass, Cajun and a coon ass too

We used to drive a cross the river
from Natchez Mississippi
And I tell son the river was wide
Levee over here and the Cotton over there
It was a long, hot, beautiful ride
Well you know we’d finally make it
and I couldn’t hardly take it
But I always took the good advice
To loosen up your belt make a blessin on the table
cause Ma-ma is makin gumbo and rice

Gumbo and rice, and everything nice,
Ma-ma’s makin gumbo and rice
Loosen up you belt, make a blessin on the table
cause ma-ma’s makin gumbo,
She’s makin gumbo, ma-ma’s makin gumbo and rice!

One fine day Lodise was plowin away
when up come a man from the state
He said I got some news
its gonna take away your blues
I come to tell you cause it just couldn’t wait

He said according to a study you got oil here buddy
and the company that I’m with has got a plan
They want to dig a well and you never can tell
but you just might be a very rich man

Very rich man, very rich man,
you just might be a very rich man
They want to dig a well and you never can tell
but you just might be a very,
be a very, you’re gonna be a very rich man!

Now, Hey Lodise, you finally got a piece,
you finally got a piece somehow
Got yourself some money
from the oil in the ground
what you gonna do with it now?
I’m gonna pay off the note
Im gonna buy a new truck
me and Ma-ma gonna visit some places
But right now Im getting off of the plow
me and Ma-ma gonna go to the races
Yeah, we gonna put a bunch of money
on the long shot honey
if we loose it doesn’t matter any how.
Praise the lord now better late than never
cause we finally got a piece somehow

finally a piece, finally a piece
finally got a piece somehow……
Praise the lord now better late than never
Cause we finally got a piece somehow

Ramble Johnny

Written By: Bill Powers

Johnny was the type just to lay all around
Doin’ nothin’ till the sun went down
He’d get up, and go into town
Ramble Johnny he’d ramble around
But Johnny had a lady and he left her behind
She didn’t like it and his lady would whine
Oh Johnny, won’t you come back home

And she’d sing

Johnny won’t you ramble
won’t you ramble back home
Johnny won’t you ramble
won’t you ramble back home
I miss you Johnny, I’m here all alone
Ramble Johnny won’t you ramble back to me
Johnny won’t you ramble
won’t you ramble back home
I miss you more than the night is long
Oh, Johnny, won’t you come back home

One night Johnny was drinkin’
and he got to thinkin’
How he was doin’ his lady wrong
So he made up his mind to go home this time
And sing his gal a different song
But Johnny hit the brakes
in the curves down by the lake
And Johnny rambled out of this world
You never seen a sadder thing
Than the day they had to tell his girl

And she’d sing

Johnny won’t you ramble
won’t you ramble back home
Johnny won’t you ramble
won’t you ramble back home
I miss you Johnny, I’m here all alone
Ramble Johnny won’t you ramble back to me
Johnny won’t you ramble

won’t you ramble back home
I miss you more than the night is long
Oh, Johnny, won’t you come back home

So if you like to gamble with
The things that you love
You better hope to the stars above
You’ll be lucky, lucky in love
Not like Johnny, not like Johnny

And she’d sing

Johnny won’t you ramble
won’t you ramble back home
Johnny won’t you ramble
won’t you ramble back home
I miss you Johnny, I’m here all alone
Ramble Johnny won’t you ramble back to me
Johnny won’t you ramble
won’t you ramble back home
I miss you more than the night is long
Oh, Johnny, won’t you come back home

Pretty When She's Sleeping

Written By: Bill Powers

The nights a light, the moon so bright and shone down in our room
She’s fast asleep off chasing sheep it couldn’t be too soon
Cause every day the devils loose every night she takes a break
She’s so pretty when she’s sleeping but she’s a…….when she’s awake

The sun comes up, I draw the shades and I turn back the clock
And then I put a note up on the door that says, “Don’t knock!”
And like a mouse in my own house I wait there for the snake
She’s so pretty when she’s sleeping but she’s a…….when she’s awake

Chorus:
She’s so pretty when she’s sleeping she’s a vision to behold
An angel sent from heaven, if I could be so bold
So quiet soft and gentle, every slumbering breath she takes
She’s so pretty when she’s sleeping but she’s a…..when she’s awake

Break

She’s lying there with messy hair her lips all in a pout
When she’s awake I try to kiss em in between the shouts
And when she rests I’m at my best my boots no longer shake
She’s so pretty when she’s sleeping but she’s a…….when she’s awake

Chorus:
When she’s awake she’s really different - kinda loud, kinda mean
Kinda rude, kinda bossy, kinda kick you in the spleen
So quiet soft and gentle, every slumbering breath she takes
She’s so pretty when she’s sleeping but she’s a……when she’s awake

Break

She’s so pretty when she’s sleeping man, my eyes are always weeping and, she’s pretty when she’s sleeping…………but she’s awake

Discography

BELL CREEK DANCE CLUB (2004)
WILD-N-SWINGIN (2005)
LIVE FROM THE RADIO ROOM (2006)
and due out june 1...
SHOWTIME (2007)

Set List

Sweet Sunny South is accustomed to playing 45-50 minute sets containing approximately 12-15 mostly original songs with a few select covers and traditional tunes mixed in. They often perform 2-3 sets per show.

A sample set list follows:

Two Shot Glasses*
Son of a Gun*
4 Eyed Boy*
Talkin Bout Walkin*
Homestead Market*
Twila*
Jawbone
Chucks Blues*
Me and My Old Still*
Ramble Johnny*
Gray Cat on a Tennessee Farm

Baby of Mine*
Two Dollar Pistol*
Bree's Waltz*
Get them pretty girls

*Denotes SSS originals