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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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 34

Cary Swinney  05/15/2002            
Tate Dillard
True West Texas song writer that grabs your attention in a very subtle way, about the very obvious things. Martha - Human Masquerade, it does't matter. This man writes truly from the soul, about beliefs and concerns. Great music, great man. Give it a listen and these CDs will always be in the stereo.
Cary Swinney  11/05/2001            
Cary Swinney  03/26/2001            
Used to sit back and watch him live at Great Scott's BBQ here in Lubbock. Awesome song writer that doesn't get your attention until you have heard his songs more than once. Give it time and it will be your favorite CD in your collection.
Cary Swinney  08/11/2000            
The best singer / songwriter in West Texas!
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