Sound Check: Drop Top Lincoln

LA TE DA PHOTOGRAPHY/Special to the Sentinel Drop Top Lincoln plans to release its first album, “Sixxx Dollar Suit” in early September. The album contains 13 original songs.

What a way to leave Grand Junction.

In his final show before deploying to Afghanistan, guitar player Casey Smart not only joined his bandmates from Drop Top Lincoln to headline KAFM Community Radio’s Radio Daze event, he also won the big raffle prize: a 1984 Mercedes G-Wagon.

Furthermore, Drop Top Lincoln is scheduled to release its first album, “Sixxx Dollar Suit,” in early September on Prophecy Records.

Chris Howard, Drop Top Lincoln’s bass player, joked that he’d send Smart a copy.

After all, Smart and Howard were the founders of Drop Top Lincoln several years ago when the two met at an open mic night at what was then known as Cavett House (It’s now the location of Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub).

“We had the idea and went looking for a drummer and vocalist,” Howard said.

Drop Top Lincoln’s drummer, Jack Chipchase, joined the band after meeting Smart in Spanish class at then-Mesa State College. They added vocalist Scotty Waters after hearing him sing at the Colgate Country Showdown at Whiskey River.

Drop Top Lincoln started performing in 2009.

“The best description is ‘dirt rock,’” Howard said of the band’s sound. Someone once labeled the sound as “if Dwight Yoakam was the singer of the Rolling Stones.”

The new album will be available on iTunes, Amazon, and some retails locations. It contains 13 original songs.

Waters and Howard’s side project “Catfish Hole” will play locally while Drop Top Lincoln is on hiatus.

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