Cary Swinney








Cary Swinney
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Cary Swinney was born on September 10, 1960 in the small West Texas town of O'Donnell where killing snakes, throwing dirt clods, and pouring gasoline down ant holes were common forms of entertainment. At age 11, Swinney picked up his Dad's nylon string guitar and started learning some chords. About that same time, Swinney's older brother brought home an album by John Prine. (Swinney considers Prine to be his greatest influence). Swinney wrote several songs that year. In 1989, Swinney was invited to an old stucco farm house located 10 miles north of Lubbock. The house, as it turns out, was a haven for Lubbock's subculture. There, Swinney met a Lubbock-based (and now Austin-based) fiddle player named Richard Bowden (currently with the Austin Lounge Lizards). After hearing some of Swinney's material, Bowden encouraged him to "come out of hiding". In 1996, Swinney walked into Lubbock's Brazos Studios. There he met Alan Crossland, engineer and owner of the studio. The two agreed that it would be best if Swinney performed the songs LIVE. The tape was cued up, and the songs were sung. Forty original songs were recorded. Of the forty, Crossland chose the thirteen that ended up on Human Masquerade. Featured musicians include: Lloyd Maines on pedal steel, lap steel, dobro, and acoustic slide guitar and Richard Bowden on fiddle, viola, and mandolin. Swinney is currently working on his second album.
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Cary Swinney  09/09/2004            
bigndndave
lubbock,winter,behind Stubbs, in the old brown van with those texas basterds the bel-airs. good times man. [email protected]
Cary Swinney  06/04/2004            
johnny
swinney is amazing
Cary Swinney  05/31/2004            
Johnny
Cary is a real writer devoted to the purest form of art. Everyone gave him five stars except the sainted gibberish typer. Do the math. Gibberish typer didn't mean to but he speaks well for current music, most radio, American culture, and a world that goes too fast to listen hard to these deep lyrics without taking a call on it's collective cell. Check Cary's web site. Five more stars for the next CD now betting futures.
Cary Swinney  05/31/2004            
Johnny
Cary is a real writer devoted to the purest form of art. Everyone gave him five stars except the sainted gibberish typer. Do the math. Gibberish typer didn't mean to but he speaks well for current music, most radio, American culture, and a world that goes too fast to listen hard to these deep lyrics without taking a call on it's collective cell. Check Cary's web site. Five more stars for the next CD now betting futures.
Cary Swinney  03/13/2004            
jimmy whitson
This guy is great. If it looks like Texas, sounds like Texas,it must be Texas. Great song writer and singer. Pure west Texas. [email protected]
Cary Swinney  12/09/2003            
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Cary Swinney  09/25/2003            
Rich Meehan
You see yourself and everything you fear in the music, Cary is the only one brave enough to utter what you are afraid to say. the lyrics will change your life. Sit back, relax and crank it up.
Cary Swinney  08/11/2003            
Scott Larson
Truly "thinking man's country"; for each time you listen to one of his songs you find that it has a message that goes progressively deeper than the one first conveyed the other times you listened to it.
Cary Swinney  03/24/2003            
Sarah Olsen
It's like looking into a mirror.
Cary Swinney  12/20/2002            
SmokeyLog
From the sands of O'Donnell in West Texas to the ass biting winds of Perryton in the Panhandle, comes Cary Swinney, berating all that is mainstream. From the days when living was spartan, across the street from "Cold Water Country" where the mindnumbing tunes of every schlock honkey-tonk band spewed it's mediocrity, comes Cary Swinney berating all that is honky-tonk. Great lyrics, great players, great music. Buy the c.d. so he can record another one.
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