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Mark Stone and the Dirty Country Band

Trifecta

by Mark Stone and the Dirty Country Band

Released 2017
Doiturself Records
Released 2017
Doiturself Records
Country and Midwestern Rock that makes beer taste better and shots go down smoother
  • 02:47 Lyrics Kickin up Dust

    Let me tell you about a tale A tale of a tiny hick Wrecked in the town of Delano It was a helluva trip this guitar me to places people never see. I'm a working man you don't wanna be on the fighting side of me the weekends here it's time for us To Be Kicking Up Dust

    Dirty Country Band starts rocking on down the road Sing you a song till the break of dawn carrying a heavy load Throwing Down that dirty country sound all with that backwoods beat Give a hillbilly cheer and raise your beer if you're drinking with me and they all know there’s no stopping us When We’re Kicking Up Dust

    So this is a tale of a small town kid and I'm singing this song Plug me into any honk tonk and I'll be playing all night long Strutt on the drums given you that low down dirty beat Jamo drops the bass that makes you wanna move your feet And we'll be playing all the song you love While we're Kicking Up Dust

    Kicking Up Dust

  • 03:48 Lyrics Never Drinkin Again

    Popped 4 Ibuprofen and my head like a jackhammers pounding

    wiped the crust from my eyes and light up the morning in smoke

    not crawling back to that mangy ole dog that bit me

    can’t teach an old dog new tricks but I thought you should know  

    I’m Never Drinkin Again

    Gotta say goodbye old friend 

    You know my History because you’ve been right here with me

    But I’m Never Drinkin Again  

    Monday morning usually sucks a working is no picnic Its a thankless job most of the time even well done They're meeting up at the bar after shift for a couple So you might get a call asking why you’re just driving by

    I’m Never Drinkin Again Gotta say goodbye old friend parting is sweet sorrow I'll feel better tomorrow Right now I just need to mend I’m Never Drinkin Again Gotta say goodbye old friend You know my History because you’ve been right here with me But I’m Never Drinkin Again

    I’m Never Drinkin Again Gotta say goodbye old friend parting is sweet sorrow I'll feel better tomorrow Right now I just need to mend I’m Never Drinkin Again Gotta say goodbye old friend You know my History because you’ve been right here with me But I’m Never Drinkin Again I thought about Drinkin Again Hard to say goodbye old friend You’ve always been With me I thought you’d miss me so I started drinkin again

  • 02:28 Lyrics Settlin Down

    It seems like all my rowdy friends have finally settled down. That's probably why I bucked like hell when you came around You wanted to get me to church and tattoo me with wedding ring. I've seen what that does for all my other drinking friends. Just when I asked the lord why he would do this to me

    It seems like settling down is wilder than they said it would be

    They told me forget about playing in that band in that bar every single night that that's no kinda life for your newlywed wife but there you were loading up the van for me from MN to TX and to TN

    It seems like settling down is wilder than they said it would be

    Are We Settlin Down They told me if you marry her you can forget about sex Are We Settlin Down it's been 4 years and you haven't forgotten me yet Are We Settlin Down We’re still fooling around all over town just when I think I know what's cooking you go and change up the recipe

    Seems like Settling Down is wilder than they said it would be

     

  • 03:37 Our Love Will
  • 03:23 Lyrics Hardest Way

    Hello old lover it's been a while I'm trying hard to find another reason to smile 

    I shoulda listened swallowed my pride but I never learn until I find out the hardest way



    Now it's your turn have you been alright the deceit and lies when he looks in your eyes every night 

    you'll never listen couldn't swallow your pride you'll never learn until you find out the hardest way



    So how does it feel to find someone else filling up your space 

    it doesn't feel so good when the shoes on the other foot and someone has taken your place



    You should've listened shoulda swallowed your pride but now you have learned because you found out the hardest way

  • 02:30 Lyrics Enjoy the Ride

    Maybe I couldn't see it coming because you took me by surprise 

    I've been burned by love before but I nearly drowned in the ocean of your eyes

    And even when I was lost at sea you came along and rescued me 

    now I got you by my side a treasure I never thought I'd find

    Honey you know you're so fine and I'm so glad your mine 

    and no matter where the future lies as long as I got you by my side 

    then at least all enjoy the ride 

    no matter how hard the climb never have to say goodbye we can make it if we try 

    and even when the stars refuse to shine as long as I got you by my side then at least I'll enjoy the ride

  • 03:17 Lyrics Rhonda

    Now I've been around the block a time or two and I think we met before back in high school 

    here we are again you got me feeling like a kid 

    and I can't shake you on my head my mind keeps wandering

     

    Rhonda you make my mind wander in the barn or the cornfield or a hayloft For two 

    the silo or anywhere when I'm with you 

    in the back of my truck and the porch in the rain late-night skinny-dipping down by the lake

    Everything I see and everything I do there's always something that reminds me of you

     

    Now isn't it funny the way things just kind a work out 

    we haven't seen each other in so long who would've thought 

    that after all these years were back together again 

    and I still can't shake you out of my head my mind keeps wandering

  • 02:07 Lyrics It's All Good

    Been sitting here for hours trying to write a song for you 

    trying to make it mean as much to me as you do 

    I've started 100 times wrote 1 million lines 

    I can't put it into words but I'm trying



    I guess what I'm trying to say is I love you either way and even when it's bad it's all good 



    I count my blessings every day and Lord I know it never hurts to pray 

    especially when my hearts the right place girl the way you love me puts big 'ol smile on my face



    I guess what I'm trying to say I wouldn't have it any other way cause even when it's bad it's all good

    (it's all good) 



    no one is ever loved me the way you do no one is ever made me feel the way you do 

    no one puts me in my place or gets right in my face cares for me the way that you do



    I guess what I'm trying to say is I love you more each day and even when it's bad it's all good it's all good

  • 02:49 Lyrics Drink the Pain Away

    This ain't no warm fuzzy tickle your insides make you feel good love song 

    it's more like a belly on up to the bar you met another and you were gone



    So I try to drink the pain away but it's still there the very next day 

    when I feel that hangover I start it all over it's like another Groundhog Day



    My mama got hit by a train in the rain you never even call me by my name 

    I never knew you until I met you in court you even slept with the judge that did our divorce



    Maybe I'll never find salvation in a bottle 

    but I'll be comfortably numb when I take that last swig on the bottom

NOTES
There’s something immediately infectious about Mark Stone and the Dirty County Band. The opening track of ‘Trifecta,’ ‘Kickin Up Dust,’ is a foot-stomping, intense jaunt through an aggressive, raw country blues sound. Stone’s gravely vocals sound like they’ve been summoned from the soil itself, something further accented by the sparse instrumentation provided by the Dirty County Band. There’s a searing electric guitar, a thunderous bass and percussion section, and that’s it. That’s all the sound needs, though, and it’s fun through and through.

The range of Stone’s voice is particularly impressive, showcased on ‘Never Drinkin Again’ as he traverses several octaves pretty effortlessly. His voice is authentic and real. This music feels lived in, worn by life. ‘Never Drinkin Again’ is a gritty hangover tune, thematically reminiscent of ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’ or the like.

‘Settlin Down’ is a good finale to ‘Trifecta,’ offering the most upbeat performance of the three songs on the EP. This is where that Skynyrd influence is apparent, and it’s clear that Mark Stone and the Dirty County Band would be a wonderfully enjoyable band to see live. ‘Settlin Down’ is good country dancing music with an edge. The vocal harmonies are nicely executed, too, and the distorted sonic landscape suits Stone remarkably well.

This is a great little EP. There aren’t any performances that’ll completely blow your socks off, but it’s not designed to be a lyrically profound or instrumentally experimental experience. It’s designed to be a good romp through southern rock and roll with a unique rawness to it. Mark Stone and the Dirty County Band provide that in spades, and I’d recommend checking out their live shows in the Midwest area if you’re a local.