Marty Jones

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A mixture of rockabilly and country from this Denver-based band; you can hear the beer cans being opened before two minutes passes. "Drivin' Into Lincoln" is a straightforward run-through that shows that this is a bar band to the bone. Lead singer Marty Jones comes across as a countrified and youthful Tom Jones on "Next Time You See Me (I'll Be Dead)," a honky tonk track with a ragtime feel thanks to John Magnie's piano. "Mighty Fine" would be the album's litmus test for listeners, but the down-home feeling and harmonica in the bridge should persuade most. "Falling Back to Pieces" is quite similar to "White Lightning" by George Jones in its guitar arrangements and structure, as well as being one of the bouncier tracks on the record. Humor and comedy are another key component to the lyrics, whether it's Jones singing, "You kissed me on the mouth/I've been sick ever since," or the raunchy "I Got Over You (When You Got Under Him)." When Jones lets his vocals soar, the result is definitely for the better, especially during "Goin' Into Town." Another hidden gem is the duet with Mary Huff of Southern Culture on the Skids on "Now We Barely Pass (For a Couple)." Reeking with a '50s country & western flavor, the song is the album's zenith. "Every Kind of Music but Country" leans toward Ray Stevens' comedy over a '60s pop rhythm. Another quirky track is the cover of Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion," done in a traditional bluegrass/hillbilly fashion.

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