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Bulletville

MARK UTLEY & BULLETVILLE performs straight-up Country music in the classic style. Originally formed as an offshoot of Magnolia Mountain, the band has now come into its own as a powerhouse live and studio outfit. The band features MM's Mark Utley, Jeff Vanover, and Todd Drake, joined by bassist Chris Douglas, world-renowned keyboardist Ricky Nye, and award-winning pedal steel guitarist John Lang. Bulletville plays a combination of Mark's acclaimed original songs augmented by a great selection of classic Country covers by the likes of Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Gram Parsons, and more.

The band is a two-time Cincinnati Entertainment Award nominee in the Country category (2015 and 2016), and have performed recently at the Buckle Up Music Festival, MidPoint Music Festival, American Roots Concert Series on Fountain Square, Metamora Music Festival, Horseshoe Casino, and Bobby Mackey's Music World, and anchor their own monthly first-Sunday residency at Northside Tavern.

Bulletville served as the backing band for Mark Utley's debut solo album, Four Chords and a Lie, released in July 2013. A brand new album, entitled Bulletville, was recorded in Novemer/December 2014 at Ultrasuede Studio with the Afghan Whigs' John Curley producing. The album was released on vinyl LP, compact disc, and digital download by label This is American Music on April 11, 2015.

"This is true Country music. The hooks and melodies lure listeners in, allowing Utley’s lyrics to sink their teeth into them. Influences from Country music’s past litter the songs as Utley and company deliver a classic sound that never gets old. Country music is at a crossroads where over-produced pop melodies and hiphop-inspired vocals have over taken the industry, threatening to choke out any semblance of the classic sounds. Thankfully, there are bands like Bulletville that understand that good Country music is about substance not style, and this band is full of substance." - Chris Martin, Atlanta Music Examiner

 

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