The Downtown County Band

The Downtown County Band

 Louisville, Kentucky, USA
BandAmericanaCountry

Americana music that rocks... an invitation to get up and dance.

Pure... Fun... Energy

Biography

     Banjo rockin' bass slappin' Americana from Kentucky. Original songwriting and a passion to perform anywhere people are listenin',  dancin', and movin their bodies. It really doesn't need to be more complicated than that...  Let's all get on those feet! Let that banjo whip you into a hormonal frenzy. Sling your hair around just like the settlers used to do, before country music all sounded the same, and songs were written about real things. For this band, the music is as simple as having fun!        The DCB is composed of five original songwriters, each generally taking vocal lead on the songs they have written. Drums, bass, banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, with some harmonica and mandolin sprinkled in. These fine young men have remained the original members of The Downtown County Band since its beginnings in 2008. The instrument arrangement (before the addition of electric guitar) was born out of the jug-band music tradition of the Ohio Valley in the nineteen twenties. Early on, the band started playing cover tunes by the likes of "The Memphis Jug Band" and "Lightning Hopkins." But in the course of few months, they were performing all original music and beginning work on an impressive self-titled debut album. Still to this day, the sound is grounded in that river blues tradition. 
 

Lyrics

the honky tonk song

Written By: Keith Clifton

Well I get up in the morning

I peel my heart right off the floor

Below my bed

I come home in the evenin bloody and torn

I run barbed wire through a piece of my finger

I need help

I’m goin down a long a lonesome road

I need someone in particular to hold my hand

No better feelin than a big boat rockin

I been guilty of doin things that I can’t stand

Wrestled in my sleep

Lord know this thing that I shouldn’t have done

is what I did

The way I see it

that’s the reason never know

what I’m looking at

And I’m goin down a long and lonesome road

I need someone in particular to hold my hand

No better feelin than a big boat rockin

I been guilty of doin things that I can’t stand

So cold

Beat up inside

My body pyramid

Can’t get good advice from my head

So cold

Beat up inside

My body pyramid

Can’t get good advice from my head

judy

Written By: Handsome Johnny, Dave Hawkins

Um Judy

Um Judy

Take a load off fella’s

Have a drink or two

Aint the road so lonesome

Don’t it make you blue

Ah Judy

She’s short and round

Gonna find that woman

Gonna lay her down

The roster crows each morning

Koo Koo Koo Koo

All the people dancin

And the old folks too

Ah Judy

She’s soft and brown

Gotta find that woman

Gonna lay her down

Like the way she hollers

Like the way she moves

Getting down and dirty

All over you

I need my Judy

She’s short and round

Gotta find that woman

Gonna lay her down

Where the sun is shinin

Shinin down on you

Long night is over

Whatcha ya gonna do

I need my Judy

She’s soft and brown

Gotta find that woman

Gonna lay her down

Gotta find that woman

Gonna lay her down

what a fool

Written By: Keith Clifton

I caught a wind and let it push me around

I didn’t mind the heat until it threw me down

What to do for the longest time

What to do… what a fool am I

I thought It’d let up and everything be fine

I didn’t know no different thought that’s all right

What to do for the longest time

What to do… what a fool am I

I caught a wind and let it push me around

I didn’t mind the heat until it threw me down

What to do for the longest time

What to do… what a fool am I

What a fool am I…

water's edge

Written By: Dave Hawkins

Yeah Why… do I.. always get this close to your water’s edge

It’s not… a safe.. place to be

The past… has proven.. time and time again

That I… am sure.. to fall in

Cause you know what happens when I fall in

I’ll sink… all the way to the bottom

and I…. get stuck down in your mud

and I… don’t think I can ever… get back out

And I… tried.. before to swim your waters

but there… too troubled.. to swim

And you… have never.. offered a boat to cross in

It’s straight… to the bottom.. I am

And you know what happens when I fall in

I’ll sink… all the way to the bottom

and I… get stuck down in your mud

and I don’t think I can ever… get back out

Why… do you.. always lull me to the banks of

your heart

Yeah you… must like.. to watch me struggle

Cause you know what happens when I fall in

I’ll sink all the way to the bottom

and I… get stuck down in your mud

and I don’t think I’ll ever… get back out

that a way

Written By: Keith Clifton

I try to run around

I try to run around

But every railroad take me to the same town

I never worry still

never worry still

I ride the railroad yes you know I will

In the morning in the day

And in the night you treat me this way

Well I’m leaving town

No your letters don’t have me down

So you bought everything for me

No, that love don’t mean nothin

Take me back?

Not today.

Yes my heart is that away

I’ve done all I can

done all I can

I’ve been your dog more than I’ve been your man

I’ll lie right here and go on no more

Just let me lie here while I’m on a roll

In the morning yesterday

And in the night you treat me this way

Well I’m leaving town

No your letters don’t have me down

So you bought everything for me

Well that love don’t mean nothin

Take me back?

Not today.

And my heart is that away

In the morning and the day

And in the night you treat me this way

So I’m leaving town

Well your letters don’t have me down

And you bought everything for me

Now that love don’t mean no thing

Take me back?

Not today

Yeah my heart is that away

mean ole heart

Written By: Handsome Johnny

You don’t know me baby but you will

I got a mean ole heart and I’ll kill

I kissed you once my dear but once just aint enough

I wanna give you some wanna pick you up

You don’t know me baby but you will

I’m gonna give you somethin you can feel

I see your broken dreams momma you can see my lust

I wanna give you some wanna pick you up

You shakes a lovely thang I wanna pick you up

Sugar I’m your man and give me a hug

You shakes a lovely thang I wanna pick you up

Sugar I’m your man and all that stuff

You don’t know me baby but you will

I’m a hungry man and you’re my meal

Now don’t you start to holler momma when you feel my touch

I wanna give you some I gotta pick you up

You shakes a lovely thang I wanna pick you up

Sugar I’m your man give me a hug

You shakes a lovely thang I wanna pick you up

Sugar I’m your man and all that stuff

You shakes a lovely thang I wanna pick you up

Sugar I’m your man give me a hug

You shakes a lovely thang I wanna pick you up

Sugar I’m your man and all that stuff

You don’t know me baby but you will

Set List

We have great deal of original material, nearly 25 songs. We can play up to four forty-five minute sets with fifteen minute set breaks. We can also play longer or shorter sets depending on the venue and their recommendation.

An example of one of these sets of all original music would be:

1. Monterey Blues
2. No Way To Get Around
3. Judy
4. Dust Covered Road
5. What a Fool
6. Water's Edge
7. Hop Joint
8. The Honky Tonk Song
9. Ol Go Round
10. Goodtime Special
11. Troubled in Mind
12. That a Way