“Sunny Came Back” was inspired by Shawn Colvin's song “Sunny Came Home.” She won a Grammy for song and record of the year in 1998 for it. Her song is about a woman named Sunny who basically burns down a house with her ex-boyfriend inside. I saw her at a show with Steve Earle promoting an album they made together and Steve would say she specialized in writing "Murder Ballads”.
I thought that it would be interesting to write a similar song from the ex-boyfriend’s point of view. So, I wrote “Sunny Came Back” about a crazy ex-girlfriend who burns down this guy’s house with him inside.
I tried to write it in a folk rock, “Eagles” style, with lots of different cool guitar riffs that would be fun to play and listen to sprinkled throughout.
Sarven Manguiat played all the lead guitar on this song while I played all the other guitar parts. Rob Hall played bass, Stephen Haaker was on Drums., Harrison and Phoebe Crenshaw along with Diana Ortiz were on back round vocals and harmonies. Brett Grossman and Stephen Haaker engineered and produced it. The song was recorded at Perfect Sound Studio’s in Frogtown, CA and Cosmic Voyager Studio's in Los Angeles. Mastering was done at "the Lodge" in NYC by Emily Lazar.