Artist Interview: Kenneth Sutton (SweetKenny) Tell us about yourself and your music Kenneth M. Sutton aka “SweetKenny” is an American Composer / Songwriter from Michigan. I have over 420 songs written and composed and am adding more to my catalog all of the time. The music I write is for “Film / Television and Video Games”, although I still release “Rock & Metal music as it hits me. I have a presents on Google so if you do a search on me “SweetKenny” you will see I have a lot of music out there. Talk to us more about your latest release I just released an album titled ” Epic” in February of this year and am now releasing my second album on May 26th, 2017 titled “Music Composed For Film”. both albums are series of songs composed for Film / Games / Television and other media’s. you can find them and all of my music on all of the outlets on the net.    What inspired you to write this release? Oh I get inspired by all kinds of things, I watch a lot of TV and movies and listen for the music cues, I think of new way’s I can write the score for that scene. I also get asked to write for cues in peoples projects. one time I was asked to score a guy’s short film, he wanted new music to his slasher film but didn’t have a copy of the film without music. so I was asked to score over his score. I came up with a “Killer / Slasher” score with a lot of heart pounding ambient music and piano in it. it all fit and he’s a happy guy. Any plans to hit the road? No plans to do the road as of right now, but I might. As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there? I try to stay on top of the music, with today’s music and so many doing it, it’s hard to keep out front, I look for sites and others who are doing my style of music and network with them. sometimes you hit it, and sometimes you don’t. Who have you been listening to lately? Jerry Reed and Elvis Presley, it clears my head from all the composing I do. sometimes I’ll dream songs I’ve been working on and I fine listening to other types of music keeps me from a lot of that.   Tell us about your passions. What gets me out of bed is “God”, I couldn’t do any of this at all without The Lord on my side. I look forward to composing music everyday and I do do it everyday, it’s on my mind all of the time. even when I go out to the store I’m thinking of music, I write little notes to remind me of things or something that pops in my head, I have so many scraps of paper with stuff written on them it drives my wife crazy. what can I say! What else is happening next in your world? Oh man! I want to build a big studio and a sound design studio where other’s can build their dreams in film and games. and see it all come alive. a place where kids and young people who are just starting out can learn from all of us older ones. Thanks for an awesome interview, Kenneth! Thank you for interviewing me ArtistPR, I look forward to all the great things in my future in music and working with all of you at ArtistPR. Kenny-   "Voted Top 10 Entertainment Public Relations Firms of 2017 by 10bestpr.com ” - ArtistPR

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My album "Ancient Hunter" was reviewed by a member of Woodbangers.com and after reading the review I sent the writer a thank you. this is what the writer wrote back; ^__^ It was a pleasure and I meant every word of it. I had to remind myself a couple times that it was just an album and I couldn't go look up and play the game. XD It had moments that felt very scifi. Not in the super sleek, robot way, nor the space ships zooming about everywhere. More in a sort of.... I don't know, maybe futuristic Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider way. Say if those were set 50 years from now and had the adventure mixed with a subtle, healthy dose of scifi. I was more than happy to do the review when Matty asked me to do it for the magazine, and all the more happier when we decided to make the magazine obsolete, so the review (and all the other articles) could reach more people and give you more exposure.   Keep up the amazing work! Looking forward to what you come out with next. Pyro” - PyroluxAemilius

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I was first introduced to the music of Sweet Kenny earlier this year, via the official WoodBangers song “A New Dawn” (which was released as a single and on his June 2015 album Fleabag Hotel). Since then, I have had the pleasure of listening to many of his other albums and have enjoyed them all. Sweet Kenny has not restricted himself and his music in one certain kind of style; this man loves music and it shows because he experiments and makes all kinds of songs and albums. So when I heard he already had another album coming out, only a few months after “Fleabag Hotel”, I was impressed with this man’s passion for his craft, but also eager to see and listen to what new sounds my ears would have the pleasure of soaking up. He did not disappoint when he released “Ancient Hunter” last month. True to what he’s done on previous albums, it was something new and different from what he’d done before, but just as well composed and thought out. This time around, he went with a video game vibe to the music and I loved it. It made me feel like I was listening to the audio of an edgy adventure video game. And I literally found myself wanting to play this game that didn’t exist, just to see the scenery and know the story! Sweet Kenny has proven once again that he is an amazing musician with a true passion for what he does. Hell! He’s already working on his next album!! Does this man not sleep!? LOL He even creates his own cover art for his albums, and you can see clearly he wanted to evoke more of the video game vibe, by creating his own female action hero inspired by the lovely Lara Croft, to grace the cover in her adventures. Wonderfully done, on all accounts, Sweet Kenny! Keep up the kick ass work and I can’t wait to see what you do next!“Ancient Hunter” is the latest album released by Sweet Kenny, featuring 11 new video game inspired tracks that are meant to take you on an adventure. You can find album on Google Play and Amazon. Article by: Pyro     ” - Pyro

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Staying in Michigan, here's the newest recording from Dafter solo hard rock artist Ken Sutton (a.k.a. SweetKenny), as he's provided the official theme song for WoodBangers Magazine, a music publication/online community that he actively supports and is involved with on various levels. Entitled "A New Dawn", the instrumental track can be heard via assorted videos on the WoodBangers YouTube channel in the past two months, is well promoted on the WoodBangers website (including a sale copy), and it can be streamed in full on SweetKenny's Reverbnation page, though no word on if we'll see it on one of his upcoming albums. "A New Dawn" has more of a dramatic slower feel than SweetKenny's usual faster rock songs, and it admittedly doesn't sound like something that a magazine named WoodBangers would have as it's official theme, but it's a well written and often tense song that has a lot of work put into it, and fans should like it! Give it a listen above.  ” - Robert Figures

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  SweetKenny - Interview - November 3, 2014     ATP What is the title of your upcoming CD? How did you come up with the name? SWEETKENNY The title of the album is " Amazonian ", I came up with the title purely by chance, it just kinda popped in my head.   ATP Is this your first CD and if not, how is this one different from the others? SWEETKENNY This is my 10th album in about 2 years... it's a little heavier then the others with stronger guitar playing and more power to it.   ATP Did you write all the songs before going into the studio or did you write them as you were recording? SWEETKENNY As I was recording, I write songs sometimes thinking about a title or a line in my head, but most of the time on the fly as I'm playing and recording. I kinda let the music and feel guide me. sometimes the whole song will change into something else when I start playing the bass or adding another guitar line.   ATP Walk us thru the process of writing your music? SWEETKENNY I never know what I'm gonna play " Never ", I pickup my guitar and I ask God, what do you need me to play? and what ever comes out is what I work with. you can never go wrong with asking the Lord!   ATP Where did you record and why? SWEETKENNY I record all my music in my own studio WaterFall Records, I have no over head, no-one looking at a clock.   ATP HHow did you pay for your recording? SWEETKENNY It does cost money even if you own the studio and equipment. it's not totally free. you have to pay for lights and things like that. but it's not the cost as if I was to go to someone's studio.   ATP Did you have a producer or did you self-produce? If so, what kind of input did the producer have. If your self-produced, why? SWEETKENNY I do all my own production work. I really don't like anyone to produce me, how can they hear what's in my head, I know what feels right and if I make a mistake, or play the wrong note, I know it, I don't need anybody to tell me it was wrong, or I need to play it this or that way.   ATP Did you try to capture your "live sound" or did you go for something else? SWEETKENNY A kinda mix to tell you the truth. What you hear is what you get. What I mean is, if I make it perfect and take out all the mistakes, I lose the feel of the song. I'm not gonna make it perfect on stage right!   ATP Did your record label have any input into the music you recorded? SWEETKENNY I am the record label.   ATP Are you pleased with the final product? SWEETKENNY Man am I pleased, it all came from what God put in my heart, how could I not be!   ATP Where will we be able to pick up a copy? SWEETKENNY You can pick up your copies at http://www.cdbaby.com/sweetkenny10 ,iTunes, Bandcamp.com and just about everywhere on line.   ATP Will you be touring to promote your CD? SWEETKENNY As of right now, I am working on putting a band together to take on a tour.   ATP Would rather be recording or playing live shows? SWEETKENNY Both!! I love doing both, there's nothing like the stage!!   ATP Anything you would like to say to your fans? SWEETKENNY Yes there is something I'd like to say.... It's because of God and you the fan that makes all things happen for every artist. I'm so thankful to have such great fans and support from all walks of life that it makes me want to do this each and everyday. I wake up looking forward to hearing from the fans and people who enjoy what the Lord has givin me. Thank You All!! I love!! Kenny ( SweetKenny ) And thank you for interviewing me!! God bless!!     ” - John Nowinsky

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 SweetKenny - "Ink!" Review It's time for our 61st monthly CD review at the SMS (and last before factoring all local punk bands into our selections), as we're hitting the Sault Michigan area for the first time in over 8 months in this series, with this month's review being of Dafter hard rock artist Ken "SweetKenny" Sutton's eighth solo album "Ink!" Chosen over his newest album "This End Up" (which came out last month) for this review due to it's heavier material, "Ink!" came out on March 23rd, and was recorded over the preceding months at Waterfall Records. Featuring just Ken on vocals and all instruments, he describes this CD as a "heavy rock" fun album with freestyle playing, and you can buy it at CD Baby right now for $9.99 in mp3 format, $12.97 on CD, or 99¢ for each individual song, or on BandCamp for $12. The full album (which features full songs with vocals as well as instrumentals) can also be streamed for free on SweetKenny's website too, but support his work by buying it as well! A 10 song album running for about 48 minutes, let's begin this review with a look at the first song! "Ink!" starts with "Shake, Shake, Shake!", which begins with the exclamation "Gee Mom, all the guys are doing it!" before launching into the actual music, and if you're familiar with SweetKenny's recent original work, the bluesy hard rock essence and riffing will fit right with your expectations. Catchy little number, Ken's Elvis-remniscent vocals return for this track, though the stop/start chorus vocals seem like a mood killer and don't flow with the surrounding verses. The song does meander a bit late, but Ken's guitar skill is on full display, and there's enough heavy action to go around to please fans! I just wish the choruses were livelier on average. Second is "Bridge to No-Where", a slower instrumental track that is reminiscent of a cleaner sounding Sykotyk Rampage, and while it doesn't reinvent the wheel from many of Ken's recent instrumental tracks, it has a very solid guitar melody, and the drum tracks are catchy for the backing rhythm! Very solid showcase of SweetKenny's range of musical talents, though the song admittedly feels more like a summer road trip song than one on the title bridge. Third on "Ink!" is "This Is Not Where I Wantta Be", which is about a time in Ken's life when he felt trapped, only for God to save and help him. Despite the themes, this song is similar in musical style to much of his past work, aside from more reserved (yet lyrically strong) melodic singing. Deliberately paced, the song's structure can be a bit muddled, which contrasts the meaningful and impassioned vocals. Interesting track with a good personal message, but the previous songs seemed to be put together better on the whole. That's followed by "Burn Baby Burn", which is simply about "the things to come", though the song does feature more religious themes. Vocally, Ken's singing is more rangy and dramatic than we're used to seeing, which adds a different wrinkle, but it doesn't work too well on the shaky choruses. Muscially, it's a strong familiar composition with a constant melody, and the guitar work is a standout here! Another solid track, it should attract an audience too, but the somewhat forced singing may not be for everyone. Song #5 is "It's All Because Of You", which is the only song on this CD to run for under 4 minutes. A song about a type of girlfriend that Kenny thinks most guys have had over the years, this has the most basic song structure yet, but it's to the point nature and direct lyrics should strike the right chord with many listeners! I like some of the vocal effects and layering, and the spoken word asides lend a lighter feel to this track that people in some types of relationships might identify with. Not the heaviest song on the album, but one of the more consistent, with a steady rhythm and melody, and it's one of the better early tracks! Sixth is "Squahanna Two Two Two Two", whose title is inspired by the 1939 Three Stooges short "Three Sappy People", and Ken provides some callbacks to the Stooges and the short with spoken word bookends. Otherwise, it's the second instrumental on "Ink!", though the song doesn't remind me of something that would fit the title subject matter, being another mid-paced bluesy hard rocker. Solidly performed though, with a good pacing, effective guitar and bass work, and a clear sense of it's purpose, so give it a listen! Then we have "A Hard Habit (To Get Where I Want To Be)", which is about following your dreams and what God puts into your heart. By far the slowest and most reserved song so far on this album, Ken's freestyle playing style feels more muted here, and the somewhat dark tone contrasts the optimistic message, but it's nice to see some variance to his usual sounds, and his Elvis Presley-ish tone is put to good use for a song of this style! Not the heaviest track on "Ink!", but fans looking for something a little slower might enjoy "A Hard Habit"! The eighth song is "Up & Down", which fittingly, is about life's ups and downs. The longest track on the album, Ken self described it as "a great guitar song", and it is the disc's third instrumental. More of a return to form for Ken's usual freewheeling hard rock sounds, with nice rollicking drum tracks, and strong guitar licks, though like on some of his earlier material, the song does seem to trail off and go in many directions by the end. My favourite instrumental so far though! The penultimate song on "Ink!" is "Secret Life", which is about wanting to leave a girl, among other related subjects. Drawn out slower vocals overtop of usual hard rock action, I really like the guitar on this song, which is melodic, varied, and provides some of Ken's best solo moments on this album! I enjoy the composition and heavier moments, but the vocals seem like leftovers from another unused song, and they don't fit well here. Aside from that, this is probably my favourite song on "Ink!" just on a musical basis, and it's a great way to show off Ken's skill! The CD closes with  "They Like It Naughty", a slightly longer instrumental whose title probably refers to the feel of the song rather than any absent lyrics would have. Honestly, the song doesn't feel particularly "naughty", but it does have another solid guitar solo, a familiar groove, and some nice creativity to give "Ink!" a solid cap to this album. I'd probably have liked to see this song played at a faster tempo, but fans won't complain otherwise! So, what are my final thoughts on "Ink!"? I say it's another consistent effort from Ken Sutton's recently prolific solo discography, and it maintains a consistent trajectory from his last album that we reviewed ("Perception" from last year.) It does improve on some areas, having more songs with instrumentals, slightly shorter tracks, and there's a better balance of songs, so standout tracks like "Secret Life" and "It's All Because Of You" are spread out more evenly! Nothing seemed rushed either, but some songs did meander a bit in their latter halves, and there is a sameness to the themes and melodies of some that might give some listeners deja vu from SweetKenny's other recent albums with vocals. I also think Ken should try to better match his singing voice with the song and/or lyrics, as that wasn't always perfect upon recording. A slight improvement on "Perception", Ken's solo material remains strong, so give "Ink!" a listen for some bluesy hard rock freestyle action, and look out for his new album "Amazonian" later this year! I hope you guys liked this month's CD review! Our next look at a SweetKenny album (likely of either "This End Up" or "Amazonian") is very possible for early 2015, but that's pending how his release schedule and our review schedule shapes up. Next month's review on the site will be of a new metal, hard rock, or punk album if released before month's end, but in case none does, we'll begin reviewing archive punk albums frequently in gaps on the calendar, so we can get up to speed on that side of the local album spectrum! For reference, we're leaning towards The Northern Tragedy's "Home Ice" EP if nothing new comes out in August, but that's tentative. Stay tuned for more soon, and for weekend concert previews tomorrow! Thanks everyone! 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SweetKenny Our Comments - SweetKenny’s name says it all. His music is…well…SWEET! SweetKenny (Kenneth M. Sutton) is from the Motor City and he is not just another run-of-the-mill rocker. SweetKenny is a man of many talents and has spent a lifetime making his contributions to music and many other forms of creativity. This man has taught himself to play the guitar, engineered all of his own recordings, created all of his own cover art for albums, and so much more. We at WoodBangers are privileged beyond words to be graced with his presence. SweetKenny began his “sweet” career at the age of 11, learning how to play drums. He began singing, playing guitar, and recording when he was 15. This all launched a great life and career for Kenny, as he has spent the years performing, recording, mixing, and mastering for many other artists. He also does cover art and even animation. He has done (and still does) album cover art for many other artists, and he has even done some animation for videos, shows, and even created cartoons. WOW! What else does this guy have up his sleeve? LOL! SweetKenny has had placements in film and television, his music has been on Detroit radio stations, as well as internet radio stations around the world, and he has one hell of a discography. He recently released the album “INK!” on the 31st of March 2014, and he is already busy in the studio on his next album. For anything else and everything else SweetKenny, go to http://www.sweetkenny.com, where Kenny has posted the announcement that he is looking for band members from throughout the state of Michigan. For anybody out who thinks they got the goods to keep up with him, an inquiry and information can be emailed to sweetkenny@sweetkenny.com. He can also be found at http://www.reverbnation.com/sweetkenny. It would be an excellent idea to go to these sights and check out all of Kenny’s stuff and see what he has done…we do not want to spoil it for anyone. Article by: Captain Cole  ” - Captain Cole

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THE C.R. ECKER BAND Wednesday, Dec 11 at 3:12 AM   Sweet Kenny, you have an impressive bio and playlist with grumpy, grueling guitars. And...now I should hire a dancer for my band. ALL NICE! Charlie ” - The C.R. Ecker Band

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Natalla y Los Suenos Saturday, Dec 7 at 5:12 PM The Scorpion King!!! Rockin Cool Track!!! ” - Natalla y Los Suenos

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J.O.A. Thursday, Nov 28 at 3:11 AM   Can't Drive"..Great Song!! Thank you so much for connecting!! Best Regards~ J.O.A. ” - J. O. A.

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SweetKenny's New Album, New Solo Guitar Videos, And More!! Before we post my review of last night's show at The Canadian Nightclub, we have a new news post on this Sunday morning! Today, we have assorted shorter recent news items, and a bunch of stories relating to local solo guitarists, including two new video uploads and a long awaited CD release, so here's what you need to know! Dafter, Michigan solo hard rock musician Ken "SweetKenny" Sutton's new album "Cracks In The Wall" is finally on sale! After being delayed twice from the originally planned Halloween release date, his seventh original CD (and third of 2013) finally came out on Friday, and you can now buy it on CDBaby! The album goes for $12.97 on CD, $9.99 on mp3, or for 99¢ for each track individually, so check the above links to pick it up, or stream it for free at this location! Described as a "heavy rock blues style feel album", "Cracks In The Wall" (which was recorded this year at Waterfall Records) has just 6 songs, giving it the same EP length as "Doo Hickey" from earlier this year, but unlike it's preceding 2013 releases, the new CD is all instrumental with no credited guest performers. I got a good vibe from this CD on a first listen, so fans of SweetKenny's past work shouldn't be disappointed, but when is a formal review on the SMS coming? As we just reviewed the slightly heavier & longer "Perception" earlier this month, a review of "Cracks In The Wall" won't happen until May 2014 at the earliest, as we don't review albums by the same band twice in a 6 month period out of fairness to other bands. Check it out though at the above links, as Ken's prolific and entertaining original material is well worth a listen!” - Robert Figures

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