STERLING - As the weather heats up, so does the tailgatin' country music from the band, Mud County. The Sterling, Colo. four-piece band released their first single last month called, "Tillin', Drillin', Chillin'".

Lead vocalist and rhythm guitar, Lee Lippstrew, wanted to capture the reward of harvest in their new song released on March 10. He says during harvest you get to see months of hard work come to fruition, pull the crop, feed the world, and get paid. 

"There's just something about getting out there, flipping over that old soil, getting ready for the new, and smelling that dirt," Lippstrew said. "I don't know if anybody else loves the way dirt smells, but I sure as heck do. I wanted to write something about that process. Once you're done, grabbing a cold beer."

Mud County is a regional country music band that has played across northeast Colorado and the Nebraska Panhandle, including at the PNCC Potter 120, Downtown Sounds in Sidney, and The Rusty Bucket in Chappell. Lippstrew and Nick Jones (backup vocals, lead guitar) started the band a couple years ago. Since the start, they've added two new members, Kevin on bass guitar, and Seth on drums.

Jones explains the feeling of seeing their music on streaming platforms and hearing it on radio for the first time.

"I see it on online," Jones said. "I see our album up there. It's unreal. It's crazy to think we have something that people are listening to."

"Tillin', Drillin', Chillin'" is available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and 987 The Big Boy.

Mud County is booking events for the summer. According to their website, their first event is on Friday, May 26 after the Boss City Brewing Summer Kickoff Golf Tournament at Hillside Golf Course in Sidney. For booking information, log onto their website at or follow them on Facebook or Instagram