Ted Sweeney has been playing bass guitar
(fretted, fretless, four- and five-string) with
various and very diverse styles of music for 34 years.
He studied at the University of Wisconsin with professors
James “Doc” Cheetham and Richard Davis while performing with the Experimental, Improvisational Black Music Ensemble.
He played Reno and Las Vegas cabarets before moving to Houston in ’79, where he worked with Isaac Peyton Sweat (“Cotton-Eyed Joe”) among others. In ‘83 he joined the Austin Chronicle award-winning, funk/fusion band Extreme Heat, and was voted one of Austin’s top bass players during his five years with the group. He was the bassist for Houston’s Rockefellers’ house band, Coupe de Ville, sharing the stage with major touring acts such as the Neville Brothers, Tower of Power, Koko Taylor, and the Radiators. He was the rhythm section bassist for John Lee Hooker, Stanley Clarke, Dr. John, “Screamin” Jay Hawkins, Tony Joe White, and other artists touring Texas. He has toured nationally and internationally with artists John Mooney (New Orleans), Jon Cleary (New Orleans), Tom Principato (Washington D.C.), Mason Ruffner (“Gypsy Blood”), Greg “Fingers” Taylor (Jimmy Buffet) including shows with Carlos Santana in San Francisco. Sweeney was sideman to Blues Brothers Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi playing at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago. He has worked with Lee Roy Parnell, Rob Roy Parnell, Alan Haynes, Clifford Scott (Bill Dogget’s “Honky Tonk”), Duck Soup, Willie Nelson, Tish Hinojosa, Jimmy LaFave, Rusty Wier, Frankie Avalon, The Tokens, Papa Mali and the Instigators, Forlini & Cross, Hotcakes, America's Band, Debbi Walton, Mark Hallman, Van Wilks, and Duke Jupiter, to name some. In Austin, he has recorded various CDs, demos and jingles in the city's top recording studios. His teaching credits include Strait Music Co. during the late ‘80s through early ‘90s and teaching independently after that.
Currently, he is the bass player for Texas-based Rotel & the Hot Tomatoes. He also works with Grammy-award recipient Joel Guzman (Los Super Seven), multi-platinum-record-awarded singer/songwriter Bobby Boyd (Nashville), and W.C. Handy-award-winning Miss Lavelle White. Sweeney is the co-owner of Austin Music Producers.
¨ Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes - "25th Anniversary" 2011
¨ Peter Stray's "Greystorm" - Austin Music Producers & Peter Stray
¨ Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes - "Hot Sauce and Hair Spray" 2006
¨ Debbi Walton's "Still Your Fool" - Dewdropper Records
¨ Denim "Cool Blue Flame" - 2008 Grump DBM Music
¨ Pat Boyack's "Super Blue & Funky" - Bullseye Records
¨ Casey Thompson's "Down The Road" - Bent Creek Prod. LLC
¨ Smokey Wilson’s “Texas Saturday Night” - Texmuse Records
¨ Don McCalister Jr.'s - "Brand New Ways" - Dejadisc Records
¨ The Austin Christmas Collection (Third Edition) - Felicity Records
¨ Iain Matthews "Pure and Crooked" - Gold Castle Records
¨ Mike Lankford's "Nightlife and Fast Cars - 2005
¨ Mike Lankford's "Like I Do" - 2003 LSD Music
¨ Floramay Holliday (self titled CD) - Roseneath Records
¨ Patty David's "Let Me Be The One" – Nutshell Music - BMI
¨ Duck Soup’s “Dead Solid Perfect” with Willie Nelson – Pedernales Records
¨ Forlini & Cross' "Soulful Rescue" – Diamond Heart Music
¨ James & Gregory Hursley’s “Walking Through Today”
¨ Jeff DeVillez' "Timeless" – World Music Artists
¨ Extreme Heat "Extreme Heat" - Undercover Records
¨ Gina Fobia "Gina Fobia"
¨ Gina Fobia "Gina Fobia and the Symptoms"
¨ John David Martinez "Lost Love in the City" - Fing and Flame Records
¨ Volumatix "In the City" - Tropical Records
¨ Four in the Morning "Four in the Morning" - Future Records
¨ Producer for Fleming Foods “MiniMax” music beds for television ad campaign
¨ Merinda Wagner's "Count Me In" - 2005
¨ Chris Ibenhard - "A Place You Don't Know - 2002
¨ Albert Vasquez "The Capital" – BMI
¨ Addy Award for Golden Life Fitness Center radio ad campaign
¨ Quick Lube radio ad campaign plus many others