By John Benson
Special to The Gazette
The name of the band may be Dingtown, but the country music act is the vision of Parma native-turned-Medina resident Marty Falle.
â€œDingtown is a new band thatâ€™s been together for about seven months now,â€ said singer-songwriter-guitarist Falle. â€œThe material was written by Vince Ruby, my producer, and myself, with the band supporting the songs that I write.â€
Falle jokes that his musical style is â€œMarty Music,â€ which he describes as falling under the alternative country label.
Specifically, itâ€™s a unique mixture of country, blues and rock that defines Dingtownâ€™s debut effort â€œOhio.â€
Among the tracks found on the seven-piece bandâ€™s new disc are the country-blues title track and the fun â€œHoochie Coochie Girl From the Buckeye State.â€ Falle said the latter song has already attracted quite a fan base.
â€œItâ€™s like a psychobilly country swing song,â€ said Falle, who also plays out as a solo act and as part of acoustic trio Ruby, Falle and Hagler. â€œDingtown has gotten a lot of airplay locally. In fact, a lot of the country line dancers in the area have already created an original country line dance to that song.â€
With the release of â€œOhio,â€ Falle feels there is plenty of momentum behind Dingtown in both Northeast Ohio and beyond.
â€œWeâ€™re in negotiations right now to open for some major country music recording artists,â€ Falle said. â€œAnd we definitely have plans to play at Blossom (Music Center) and some of these outdoor theaters. You really have to have a well-rehearsed, full outfit supporting your music.â€
After playing to a packed house this past February, Dingtown returns to the scene of the crime with its upcoming CD release show, which takes place Friday at Dirty Cowboys in Medina Township.
â€œIâ€™d say anybody that loves great country music will enjoy our show,â€ Falle said. â€œWeâ€™ve got a good mixture of cover songs from George Strait and Alabama. Plus we have great three- and four-part harmony, steel guitar, fiddle, keyboards and two lead guitar players.â€
The CD-release show takes place at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Dirty Cowboys, 2743 Medina Road, Medina Township. For more information, visit www.dingtown.net.
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