Exclusive Interview with Mark Stone and The Dirty Country Band

Mark Stone and The Dirty Country Band

Why country music ?
~ Todd Jameson: Along with rock music, old school country was a staple in my house growing up. My dad loved George Jones, Kenny Rogers, etc.
Mark:I grew up on it but went through this hard rock metal grunge phase cuz your folks music isn't cool...Right?. When I was left on my own and started writing songs for this project it had an obvious country influence.

If everything would be possible (waking the dead included), which two people should sing the ultimate country duet?
~ Todd Jameson: So many have already happened, but I'd say a Patsy Cline/Hank Williams duet would be pretty sweet.
Mark: It already happened Zac Brown and Chris Cornell Heavy is the Head That Wears The Crown. But if resurrection is possible I'd go for Hank Williams and Wanda Jackson.

What song (that you've recorded) means the most to you and why?
~ Todd Jameson: I can't really pin point one as none of the bands I have recorded with were songs that had my lyrics. However, I am proud of everything I have recorded. The song "Love Goes to War", from our lasted album "For Stories", has seemed to garner some great responses and I really enjoy playing it. "Drag Me to Hell" from my other band, The GooDBarS, is another song I love and actually like hearing it.
Mark: Our Love Will- because it was written at a time where a lot of people close to me were leaving this planet to early. It helped me not only memorialize the loss but focus on why we do this crazy music thing.

Who would you like to write a song for you?
~ Todd Jameson: Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Robin Zanderor Ace Frehley.
Mark: Can you get Billy Gibbons to write me a song?? That would be Bad Ass.

What is the one thing that readers/fans would be surprised to know about you?
~ Todd Jameson: I am in a hard rock band called The GooDBarS and I really like a lot of heavy music. I can be listening to Slayer in one moment and next listening to Kenny Rogers.
Mark: that I have a strange love of Michael McDonalds Voice.

Give us one country song you never want to hear on radio anymore and tell us why.
~ Todd Jameson:I don't think there is a song I would put in that category. I may not care for some songs, but I would never say something derogatory about another artist. Someone, somewhere likes it.
Mark: I actually don't have just one song but I'm not a huge fan of a lot of new cookie cutter pop country.

What is the question interviewers never seem to ask you and...you wish they would? (Please provide your answer as well.)
~ Todd Jameson: Chuck Taylors or Cowboy boots? Chuck Taylors! :-)
Mark: Why do you play music?? I've always felt like I didn't fit it and then I discovered a microphone and a guitar and I was hooked. Suddenly I could talk to anybody and when I shared the things I felt there were people out there that felt the same way.

Describe the ultimate recording studio (not the technique but the facilities)
~ Todd Jameson: I really wish I would have had the opportunity to record at Sound City. Yes, it was a dump esthetically, but the place had some kind of magic and produced some of the most iconic records ever. Undertone Studio in Minneapolis, where the last two records were recorded, was a very nice place and very comfortable to record in.
Mark: It's called Mesa Studios just outside of Austin TX. Huge beautiful Ranch Villa Studio with a guest house and a pool. If we ever have the budget thats where we'll record every Winter.

Johnny or June ?
~ Todd Jameson: both....can't choose, sorry. Listen to "Jackson: and then try to choose.
Mark: Cuz Johnny is the man in black-winner

Are you still nervous before going on stage and if so, do you use any "rituals" to calm you nerves.
~ Todd Jameson: I never get nervous on stage. I really love playing in front of people so I get excited every time.
Mark: I'm not nervous onstage. That's the only time I feel comfortable. Its the time I'm off that's nerve racking really.

What was the most memorable day in your musical career and tell us why.
~ Todd Jameson: Hmmm, tough question actually. I have had many, many memorable moments. Everything is an adventure and I would like to think something memorable happens each time we play, record, etc. However, if I had to pick one, I would say is was at the Riverbend Music Festival in 2017. A very nice handmade poster was given to me by a young man named Chris. It essentially said how much he loved our band. It was pretty cool.
Mark: May 24th is not only my mothers birthday but the day I asked my wife to Marry Me. My mom was there that night as I'd asked her to come for her birthday so it was very special for me.

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Answers given on May 30, 2018