Mountain Town Evokes Townes Van Zandt-Like Feel On Catchy Country Single ‘Stillwater Saloon’

Donning rhinestone suits and acoustic guitars, Mountain Town offers a refreshing and traditional sound that comes from the land of snow-capped peaks in Utah.

And on September 30th, the band released their latest single, “Stillwater Saloon.” 

The easy-on-the-ears band offers an authentic amalgam of Americana, country, and folk, and do it all with a western flair, and the new single puts this on full display. “Stillwater Saloon” is an ode to a tried and true staple of townspeople everywhere- a home tavern. A place where all are welcome, and the only thing you have to worry about is what you’ll order next- and maybe how you’re getting home.

The song harnesses a catchy country-folk bop, where the verses are a bit talkin’ blues-style and the chorus sung with a sticky melody. The head honcho behind the sound, Jonathan Kolon, aka Dr. Jon, (not to be confused with Dr. John) displays his endearing conversational tone, and the Townes Van Zandt influence seems palpable.

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It was recorded live, which adds to the down-home tavern feel. The self-published single is catchy and has a fun, laid back sound to it that makes you want to saddle up to the bar with your mates.

The band’s name is straight to the point like their music, and comes from the nickname of their hometown in Park City. Mountain Town (also not to be confused with Town Mountain) formed in 2018, and by 2019 they began recording for London U.K.-based record label Animal Farm Music. They continue to work with Animal Farm Music, and also self-publish works mixed and mastered at NashVox Studios in Nashville.

While he has always had a love for music, Dr. Jon spent over twenty years working as a dentist- a damn cool dentist if you ask us. Classically trained on piano and Flamenco guitar since the age of six, he started gigging out in high-school and university bands, and worked as a session musician to help pay for college and eventually dental school.

“Stillwater Saloon” is a great taste of what Mountain Town offers, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find another dentist who writes catchier country songs than Dr. Jon.

Note* Katie Power contributed to this article.

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