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Dumbing It All Down

by The Lonetones

Mountain Indie Folk Pop
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dumbing It All Down
4:48 $0.99
2. Depressed Area U.S.A. (Intro)
0:33 $0.99
3. Depressed Area U.S.A.
4:31 $0.99
4. I Will Do Anything
5:02 $0.99
5. Tiny Trees
4:21 $0.99
6. Mr. Rock 'n Roll
3:29 $0.99
7. Of Course
5:24 $0.99
8. Poor for My Art
5:16 $0.99
9. When I Roam
4:03 $0.99
10. Bathed in Blue
3:41 $0.99
11. Innocent Again
4:40 $0.99
12. Sweet Sinners
4:22 $0.99
13. Too Much Space
3:45 $0.99
14. Life of the Mind
4:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
"The Lonetones knocked it out of the park with this one!" - Steve Wildsmith (The Daily Times)

"The excellent song writing, vocals and instrumentation that have marked previous Lonetones releases are brought, on “Dumbing It All Down,” to another level. It’s tighter while being more expansive, focuses on the loss of nuance while delivering it in every direction and sends the group’s musical message to new heights. Here’s hoping it reaches the fans it deserves." - Alan Sims (Inside of Knoxville Blog)

"The song’s title track, opened with a softly plucked banjo and cello, is so pretty that it might be easy to ignore the sad subject matter of a world that no longer recognizes nuance. Nuance, as it happens, is just the opposite of what the Lonetones so masterfully deliver. Their music is meant to be taken in on all its levels. Take the time and you won’t be disappointed." - Wayne Bledsoe (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Married couple and bandleaders Steph Gunnoe and Sean McCollough have assembled a fantastic cast of musicians to present this group of new songs. The lyrics take on big issues - the lack of nuance in our culture, aging, loss of innocence, death and dying, difficult relationships - but the music wraps it all in an air of hope.

Listen to what Steve Wildsmith of the Maryville Daily Times has to say about it: "Here’s the thing about “Dumbing It All Down": It’s not a dark record. Yes, it touches on some metaphysical themes, but the intricate instrumentation, combined with McCollough’s soothing baritone and Gunnoe’s lilting alto, manage to package up melancholy and depression and turn them into a rumination on the yin and yang of life on Planet Earth. Yes, bad things happen; yes, there is pain. But misery is optional, and the sun will indeed rise every morning. A Lonetones record, in other words, sums up the bottom line: No matter what happens, it’s going to be OK, one way or another. Life may not work out to the expectations of those who experience it, but solace and comfort can be found when the shadows descend, if one knows where to look. And music, [the couple says], is as good of a place as any to start.

The instrumentation on the record is varied with Gunnoe playing both electric and acoustic guitar and McCollough switching between keyboards, banjo, mandolin and guitar. And they are backed by a stellar line-up - Cecilia Miller (R.B. Morris, Warren Byrom) on cello and vocals, Jamie Cook (The Black Lillies, The Everybody Fields) on drums and vocals , and Vince Ilagan (Scott Miller, Justin Townes Earl) & Bryn Davies (Jack White, Guy Clark, Tony Rice...) sharing the bass duties.

Gunnoe and McCollough continue to work with great musicians to expand the band's sound. Wayne Bledsoe of the Knoxville News Sentinel notes that:

Both had backgrounds in folk and rock music, but when they first formed The Lonetones, they were wary of straying too far from the folk mold. "When we first started writing I thought, 'Well, only these types of songs that I write can be Lonetones songs and if I write other kinds of songs I’ll have to find another venue," says McCollough. "At this point I feel like I can write whatever kinds of songs that I like and we’ll make it work with the Lonetones." "I guess you just realized that you could show your true colors," says Gunnoe. "Sean played me some things by his high school band, The Imposers, and it was just like ‘What?’ They were playing really cool original psychedelic sci-fi. ‘You were doing that at 16?’ Well, we don’t have to stick with Flatt and Scruggs! We got places to go!’"

This album is the culmination of 15 years of experimenting and growing as song writers and musicians. The words are often deep and sometimes dark, but the music makes it all alright.

Wildsmith sums it up like this: "And that cuts to the core of The Lonetones sound. Life happens, and it’s not always a pleasant experience. But with albums like “Dumbing It All Down” to get us through, we’re going to be OK."



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