Mark Utley & Bulletville
Mark Utley had divided his Blues/Roots and Country output between his longstanding band Magnolia Mountain and his more recently-assembled Bulletville project, respectively, when a rash of departures forced him to shutter the Magnolias. That left Utley with plenty of time to concentrate on Bulletville and incorporate even more of his Country influences into his songs; he chose to name his recent sophomore solo album after the band. And like everything else that Utley does, when he goes Country, he doesn’t go in half measures; his Bulletville songs are as authentic as Hank Williams’ suit in the Hall of Fame, and his passion for his work and its sources is deep, wide and undeniable. Bulletville is Country music at its finest, because that’s the only gear Mark Utley knows.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: The ghosts of Country music haunt an MP3 player, making a cosmic connection between the classic past and the brash future. (BB)