Held in Challis, Idaho in August, the Braun Brothers Reunion is three days of music featuring esteemed artists from the Texas, Americana and Red Dirt scenes. This year, the BBR will be held from August 11-13th and will feature sixteen plus artists, including Sunny Sweeney, performing on an outdoor stage in an idyllic setting.
In 2015, Sweeney made history becoming the first female with two consecutive #1 hits on the Texas charts with “Bad Girl Phase” and “My Bed,” her duet with Will Hoge. She brings her always truthful, often funny and perceptive songs to the Braun Brothers Reunion Festival which she will be opening on Thursday, August 11th. As part of our series featuring the artists performing at this year's BBR, Sunny graciously agreed to talk about playing the festival, going to Europe and lots more.
So this is your first time heading to Idaho for the BBR. With so many festivals, particularly in Texas alone, what made you want to be a part of this one?
This is my first time at the BBR and I am so excited! I have always wanted to play it, so now to finally get the chance to do that is fantastic. I am really looking forward to it, plus, it’s never a bad thing to get out of the Texas heat in August (laughing).
Cody [Braun of Reckless Kelly] asked me if it was something I would be interested in and I was like, “Duh.” (laughing) It’s going to be such a good time. We are doing a full band show there and after the BBR, I was given the opportunity to go to Montana and other surrounding states to play some shows, which I am really excited about.
Has anyone told you what to expect?
I know I should expect a good time and I would hope that Cody’s Bloody Marys that he made at Steamboat will be there. They’re the most amazing Bloody Marys I’ve ever had.
You have the prime position of opening the BBR. Will you be staying all three days to catch the other artists?
We’re the very first act which is great, but since we are playing other shows in the area, we can really only be there for one day. I have seen all of the other artists before though and can tell you it’s an incredibly cool line-up.
Switching gears a bit, last fall you and Brennan Leigh released a timely and humorous duet called “But You Like Country Music.” Are the two of you still doing monthly nights at the Saxon Pub?
We are at the Saxon one Tuesday a month, the Mucky Duck in Houston once a month then we pick another town for a third show, this month we are playing in Tomball. It’s the two of us and a friend on guitar. It’s really fun and makes for a great evening.
These performances are acoustic, is performing in that manner something you really enjoy?
You know, I really do. I love it because I love talking and interacting with everyone and you can do that much easier with an acoustic show. Don’t get me wrong, I love full band shows too, they have a ton of energy and are so much fun, but I love the interaction of an acoustic show.
In addition to those dates, you are also heading overseas to Switzerland and Germany with Jamie Lin Wilson. Is this the first time the two of you are doing something like this together?
We’ve played shows together before, but we have never gone overseas by ourselves for ten days. We are seriously so looking forward to it! We are going to play music, eat a ton of chocolate, and...I imagine there will be a little bit of drinking too. We’ll have a lot of fun, but also, I am just so inspired by her. I am sure we will come back with some good stories and some new songs.
Music, chocolate, and drinking with a friend, doesn't get much better!
Your last album, Provoked, was released in 2014. Can we expect new music anytime soon?
I don’t have a release date yet, but I started my new record on May 23rd and it’s so exciting to see it come to fruition. Then we are going to the Virgin Islands and will have another Europe trip in July. There’s lots of stuff happening for sure and I’m just trying to keep my head above water and paddle faster! (laughing)
You are definitely busy!
Before we close I must ask about your need to have a miniature donkey [If you follow Sunny on social media, you will know that she has been trying to convince her husband to let her get a donkey]. They are so incredibly cute, but why do you want one and have you broken your hubby down yet?
Last year we went to the Virgin Islands and I saw the full-size donkeys they have there and I fell in love with them. When I started learning about them, I saw they had miniature ones. I did a lot of research and found out they’re not only cute, but they're good with people and have great personalities.
My friend Ray Benson bought a farm that came with four mini-donkeys, and he said I could come out there and play with his donkeys anytime I wanted - and my husband thinks that should suffice, but I'm not sure I can do that. He thinks I’ve lost my mind (laughing), but I think I’m making some headway. Keep your fingers crossed he comes around.
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Sweeney will play the BBR August 11th
For all of the information on the 2016 Braun Brothers Reunion, held August 11-13, including tickets, lodging, the full line-up and much more, visit the official website
Tickets are available as follows:
One Day Pass $50
Two Day Pass (Fri & Sat ONLY) $76.30
Three Day Pass $114.30
Kids age 5 and under get in FREE
Kids age 6-12 $15
Kids tickets are only available at gate, day of show.