Gypsies in Cyberspace, the group, has been through a lot of changes over the course of recording twelve albums together. One constant, however, has been the continued presence of Kevin Sweeney. (Which only makes sense, given that he and I started this whole Gypsies thing, back in 2010.)
A second constant running through the Gypsies' brief, but prolific, history is that each of those aforementioned albums includes several of what I refer to as "Sweeney Songs"...songs written by Kevin, who just happens to be a superb songwriter.
Something special happens, each time a new Sweeney Song lands in our shared Dropbox folder. Whether it's a rocker about his young granddaughter's inability to sit still whenever music fills the air ("Dance, Little Lady, Dance"), a slightly different perspective on the legend of Billy the Kid ("Quien Es") or a soulful analysis of the Syrian refugee crisis ("Long Way from Home"), I know, before even hearing his latest composition, that Kev's going to inspire me to test the limits of whatever skills I possess as a musician, engineer and producer. And you know what? That's fine, by me. I relish the challenge.
Here are twelve of my favorite Sweeney Songs from the past several years, gathered together on a second Kevin Sweeney "solo" album. So, sit back, slip on your headphones or earbuds, crank up the volume, and bask in the audio pleasure of "pure" Sweeney...without being interrupted by Nimersheim songs or any other musical distractions. This is definitely your lucky day.
Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky
released January 31, 2016
All material written by Kevin Sweeney
Kevin Sweeney - guitar, bass, vocals
Jack Nimersheim - guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, vocals
Special thanks to:
Ron Sachs - guitar (tracks 1, 3, 6, 10 & 12)
Ron Baumgartner - drums (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10 & 11)
Rick Marksberry - violin (track 2)
Chris Nurse - guitar (track 8)
Gil Wayne - guitar, drums (track 8)