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MP3 Johnson County - COUNTRY: Alt-Country

Catchy-as-hell, harmonica driven, rockin'' alt-country tunes about the place that has it all - from murderous catfish to exploding meth labs. Go on and cross that County Line (less''n yer too yeller).

10 MP3 Songs
COUNTRY: Alt-Country, ROCK: Roots Rock

Some Recommended Tracks:

* Jesus Drives A Ford (as heard on KEXP 90.3 FM, Seattle)
* Good Country Lovin’ Gone Bad (daytime TV''s got nothin'' on us, man...)
* Kiss My Ass Goodbye (if you''ve ever wanted nothing more than to get the hell out of some crappy town)
* Johnson County Blues (if you''ve ever wanted nothing more than to get the hell out of some crappy town, again)
* Alcoholic (the drunkard''s anthem)

And if you like a good old story in your country song, don''t miss:
* Chimichanga (the chilling legend of a devil fish)
* Counterfeit Biscuits (the woeful tale of that doomed band)

And now here''s a little more about us --

Johnson County – The Band:

Between bar fights and swing shifts, Dano wrote songs. He watched dusty big rigs pull away from the hot desert truck stop where he worked as a short-order cook, then wrote about the longing to leave behind Eastern Washington''s dirt roads and lonely taverns. A Native American in impoverished white Yakima, raised by a cowboy foster father, he didn’t fit in. So he got out, Seattle bound, with two packed cars and song writing partner, Jason Underwood. Months later, after setting up camp from their parked cars at Green Lake Park, Johnson County gave Seattle''s alt-country scene a much-needed kick in the ass.

Like their major influences, including Steve Earle, Son Volt, Neil Young, and CCR, Johnson County plays for keeps, luring you in with toe-tapping rhythms and hooking you for good with poignant guitar solos and soulful harmonica. Anyone who’s ever been to a Johnson County show knows it’s impossible to sit still once their first song reaches its chorus. People come in off the streets to see who’s playing, and more than a few audiences have been known to shake off their Seattle chill and give the two-step a try. If you haven’t seen them live before, by the end of the night you just want to know when their next show’s scheduled.

“Johnson County” – The CD:

Many of the songs on “Johnson County” parody country life – after all, the album itself is a caricature of the small towns Dano tumbled through during his early years. “Jesus Drives a Ford” is a spirited, tongue-in-cheek snapshot of the Savior in His pickup, while “Good Country Lovin’” could double as a Jerry Springer episode. But Dano’s experiences bring gravity to some of the less lighthearted lyrics. “Johnson County Blues” challenges the rose-colored memories of small town America evoked in many mainstream country songs by unapologetically recalling the alcoholism and depression that ran rampant in the small towns of Eastern Washington during his youth. The underbelly of rural life spurs many people to flee; as their cars pull out onto the highway, “Kiss My Ass Goodbye” reminds them that sometimes it’s better to leave than stay in a place you don’t belong. With this album, Johnson County’s members have made their own place, bringing their country roots to Seattle.

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