Down-home tunes stomp into Dillon Amphitheatre |

Down-home tunes stomp into Dillon Amphitheatre

Kimberly Nicoletti

DILLON – Marty Jones and the Pork Boilin’ Poor Boys cook up a hollerin’ good time at the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre this weekend.

The band spikes foot-stompin’ country music with a dose of rock ‘n’ roll and irreverent humor. The raw sounds of the down-home, back-porch music stomp on stage at 7 p.m. Saturday.

“These days we refer to our music as barn rock,” Jones said. “Our band is based on vintage country forms updated with a good dose of rock ‘n’ roll, energy and irreverent humor. The old country (music) has a sleepy, stare-at-your-shoes sound, and we’re not that. We take the charm of old country, rockabilly and old rock and update it with a dose of beer, humor, high energy fun and foolishness.”

The hillbilly quartet stomps out any bluegrass and country stereotypes, balancing its love of the music while poking fun at it.

“We love old country music like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash … but at the same time, we like to poke a little fun at the stuff we love, and some of it is corny, so we like to come up with our own corny version,” Jones said.

Jones appreciates the clever wordplay of good, old-fashioned music and incorporates it into his original songs, such as a tune about a guy suffering from the ultimate heartbreak, called “Next Time You See Me I’ll Be Dead” and a ballad about two beer lovers falling for each other, called “Match Made in Milwaukee.” Jones himself was lured to Colorado by his love for the incredible selection of brews in the state.

“We do great weepers, but we also do a lot of foot-stompin’, let’s-have-fun kind of music,” he said. “I think humor is a lost art in popular art. We can be bawdy at times, but we are very much a homespun, family-tradition act.”

Jones, who grew up in Norfolk, Va., preaches back-porch music right down to his bass, which he fashioned from a washtub, a closet rod and weed eater cord.

“We’re definitely enemies of pretension, schlock and commercially minded music,” he said. “It think music should be immensely fun. It should be without pretense. It should be honest, and it should make people smile and have a better day.”

Drummer Wilbur, the backbone and beat of the group, whips up a huge portion of humor, while Chuck Wagon pounds out good ol’ trashing acoustic guitar rhythm. Soapy Argyle adds clever lyrics and great guitar playing.

For information on the free concert, call (970) 470-1874.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

Marty Jones and the Pork Boilin’ Poor Boys

– When: 7 p.m. Saturday

– Where: Lake Dillon Amphitheatre, Dillon

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