Mark Allan Atwood & Brimstone

Mark Allan Atwood & Brimstone

 Burnet, Texas, USA
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Ballads to rockers, twang to power chords, Outlaw Country to Roots Rock with a strong Texas vibe. A solo performer, half of the duo Atwood-Childs (Trading Pains 2011) and the leader of Mark Allan Atwood & Brimstone (Burned At The Crossroads 2012). Accomplished writer and polished pro stage performer

Biography

Winner of 2010 Texas Music Awards Rising Star Of The Year ( for debut album How Country 2009) and 2012 Texas Music Awards MyTexan Award (Founder's Award) and 2012 Texas Music Awards Duo Of The Year nominee (for Atwood-Childs Trading Pains 2011).

Seventh generation Texan, from Ellis County, with roots deep in the North Texas soil, Mark Allan was singing as soon as he was talking. He credits his mom (who recorded vocally with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra) for the music in him and her record collection for his desire to be a songwriter.

Having started gigging at age 18 playing as part of the acoustic songwriter scene in Dallas, Mark Allan branched out into a sideman job for various regionally successful country cover bands, on guitar and back up vocals, before fronting his own band that was a mix of his developing country rock style and classic covers. He did a stint as a frontman for two of D/FW and Texas' most successful hard rock acts, providing tour support for platinum artists of that genre, before taking a hiatus to focus on family after an 18-year career.

Returning to writing and performing in 2005, Atwood has been one of the hardest working performers on the scene since, sometimes playing as many as 25+ shows a month all across Texas, and into Oklahoma and beyond.

His duo album with Heath Childs, titled Trading Pains, has recently charted its first single (Devil's Angel) and has received overwhelmingly favorable reviews for it's artistic content, despite a lack of easy and immediate commercial appeal as a stripped down acoustic record.

His newest release, with his band Brimstone, Burned At The Crossroads, has already received great independent reviews and and features stellar production at the hands of Adam Odor (Cody Canada & The Departed, Dixie Chicks, Willie & The Wheel, etc.) and great performances by the band, including Rich Tulp on drums, Matt Nunn on Bass and Mitch Connell on keys. It also featured guest appearances from Lloyd Maines and Bonnie Whitmore.

Lyrics

Oakalla Road

Written By: Mark Allan Atwood

Now as my days unwind, the wind's blowing through my mind
and it's stirring up the dreams I left behind
I see the morning sun, creeping up over the horizon
and it takes me back to places where I'm from

Oakalla Road, just wide enough for two cars on the way to the riverbed
Oakalla Road, drink a little drink, smoke a little smoke, stick our feet in the water there
Oakalla Road, tell me that you will remember me
'Cause I remember you

Spend Precious Time with your friends, for the days are sure to end
And it's certain that we won't ever be here again
I don't know where I'll be when mother earth shall set me free
But I damn sure know where I'll go if it's up to me

Oakalla Road, just wide enough for two cars on the way to the riverbed
Oakalla Road, drink a little drink, smoke a little smoke, stick our feet in the water there
Oakalla Road, tell me that you will remember me
'Cause I----
I------
Yeah I----- remember you

Good Old Days

Written By: Mark Allan Atwood


Pasture parties out in Telico, TX, Zepplin on the stereo
Drinking and grilling and smoking the best weed we could get from Mexico
I remember an argument between two friends about the color of one of 'em's skin
They solved it all with a couple of blows, then hugged and drank like brothers again
Sometimes I wish I could go back to when things seemed to make more sense
Between the good guys and the bad, you could tell a little difference
The sex was safe and the smoke was too, except for that paraquat
The good old days might not'a always been good but they're better than what we got
I liked Sally and she liked me and our schedules worked out fine
We always had time to go out and park behind the wild Mustang vines
Now she's married to a lawyer and I hear they got a big house in L.A.
Don'tcha know I wonder if I'm the only one who even remembers those days

Sometimes I wish I could go back to when things seemed to make more sense
Between the good guys and the bad, you could tell a little difference
The sex was safe and the smoke was too, except for that paraquat
The good old days might not'a always been good but they're better than what we got
What we got, whoaaaa
Now everybody wants a piece of the pie but there's not enough to go around
The cost of healthcare and gas is up, but my paychecks keep going down
In this country you know that we're free to vote for whoever we please
I just wish that someone would give us some better choices than these
Yeah Sometimes I wish I could go back to when things seemed to make more sense
Between the good guys and the bad, you could tell a little difference
The sex was safe and the smoke was too, except for that paraquat
The good old days might not'a always been good but they're better than what we got
What we got la da da da whoa what we got
Ohhhhhhhhh oh yeah
La da da da take a look at what we, look at what we got
Ohhhhhhhhhh

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Discography

Burned At The Crossroads, Mark Allan Atwood & Brimstone, 2012

Trading Pains, Atwood-Childs, 2011

How Country, Mark Allan Atwood, 2009

Set List

Shows are anywhere from 1 hour to 4 hours and sets feature up to 30 original compositions.

Also included are classic country and rock covers by artists such as Willie, Waylon, Cash, Kristofferson, Gary Stewart, Haggard, Coe, the Stones, Little Feat, etc.