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Mark Allan Atwood has spent three decades as an artist on the Texas music landscape with an underground devout following. From his years as an acoustic artist on Dallas' songwriter scene, his work as a touring rock frontman and the last seven years blazing trails and breaking musical stereotypes on the Texas Country/Americana scene. The release of his two newest and individually diverse albums (an acoustic duet album with Heath Childs entitled Atwood-Childs Trading Pains and the new album with his band Brimstone) has him poised to finally ascend beyond popular underground artist status.
Brimstone's, Burned At The Crossroads, released in March 2012, has already had several tracks get picked up by radio before a single is released and has begun to receive high accolades from independent music writers in reviews and industry professionals. Following is a partial list of such comments.
"This is one of the best albums I've heard period in 7 or 8 years. I'll fight anyone who says this is not a great album!" Ed Spacek, The Spacek Company
"The new Burned At The Crossroads album from Mark Allan Atwood & Brimstone is exactly what this scene needs much more of. Music with intelligence, depth and soul. I truly hope that radio picks up on the greatness of this album. We are the ones that can and should change this music scene back to what it's supposed to be about...the music." Shayne Hollinger "The Side Show"Mon - Fri 7-11 PM 95.9 FM KFWR Fort Worth, TX
"It is a testament to Atwood’s leadership and songwriting that the band of accomplished musicians that make up Brimstone would willingly lay back and let his songs remain the focus. Even several appearances by the legendary Lloyd Maines don’t detract from the songs, and at no time does anyone take an excessive solo or play something that isn’t completely tasteful. The tandem of Matt Nunn and Rich Tulp are in the pocket so deep that they could probably count Mark’s change, and are an Americana version of Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton. In a nod to their band name Brimstone, I’ll proclaim them to be the “Devil’s Deuce.” Richard Paul Davis, independent Music Writer/Blogger
"Mark Allan Atwood has a voice that will throw you back into the old Southern Rock era. His rough and rowdy writing style is perfect for the Texas/Red Dirt scene. Gritty, yet clean. Rough, yet smooth. Give him a listen, The Allman Brothers and Skynyrd would BOTH be proud!" Jim Nash, Program Director and half of the popular "Morning Revolution" show on 106.9 FM The Ranch
"Mark Allan Atwood is a True Texas Hippie Honky-Tonker, great new record out, can drink me under the table and a great live show with tunes with substance.” Brett Dillon – KHYI 95.3FM The Range, Dallas, TX
"I think Mark has one of the nicest voices in Country.” Dash Crofts, legendary duo Seals & Crofts
"Burned At The Crossroads from Mark Allan Atwood & Brimstone is a solid country album mixed with some rock, sharing organic songs." Tom Geddie, Buddy Magazine
"Brimstone is a band of seasoned an accomplished musicians at the top of their game. 'Burned' is an album of Americana/Country Rock material that will change a lot of people's perceptions of what Texas Country and independent music from the Lone Star State is all about. If you're looking for just songs about girls, trucks and beer, without a lot of substance, look elsewhere. That stuff is part of the landscape of this album too, but like life, it has a lot more to offer." Jon Able, Branded Music Management Group