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Blue Mountain heads to the studio, tours

Thursday, January 31, 2008 – On the heels of their successful reunion tour that commenced in the summer and fall of 2007 and 15 years after their first release, Americana band Blue Mountain will record a full-length CD of new material tentatively scheduled for release in June.

The Mississippi band will record at Elmwood Recording in Dallas with Grammy-winning producer/engineer Stuart Sikes (Cat Power, White Stripes, Loretta Lynn). The band will also release at that same time a self-produced CD of new recordings of their old material that was recorded by Andrew Ratcliff at Tweed Recording in Oxford, Miss.

Blue Mountain was formed in 1993 in Oxford by former husband and wife Laurie Stirratt (bass, vocals) and Cary Hudson (guitar, vocals) with Matt Brennan on drums, later replaced by Frank Coutch. He accompanied Stirratt and Hudson the recent tour and will join them in the studio next month.

Blue Mountain's music incorporates twang, rock, gospel, country and bluegrass. Blue Mountain was on the forefront of "alt-country" or "Americana" and included bands such as Uncle Tupelo and The Jayhawks.

Blue Mountain released their self-titled debut in 1993 before going on to release three albums for Roadrunner Records. Their last studio album, "Roots," came out in 2001. In 2002, celebrating 10 years together, the band released "Tonight It's Now or Never," a double-CD recorded live at Schuba's Tavern on March 11, 2001, in Chicago. Blue Mountain disbanded shortly after that night until their performance at Twangfest in June 2007.

They toured last summer and fall, including a performance at the Americana Music Convention in October.

Tour dates are:

Friday, Feb. 1 Two Stick Oxford, MS
Saturday, Feb. 2 Continental Club Houston, TX
Thursday, Feb. 7 Dan's Silver Leaf Denton, TX
Friday, Feb. 8 Allgood Cafe Dallas, TX
Saturday, Feb. 9 Momo's Austin, TX
Friday, Feb. 15 Hi Tone Memphis, TN
Saturday, Feb. 16 Gov't Street Grocery Ocean Springs, MS
Saturday, Feb. 23 Smith's Olde Bar Atlanta, GA
Thursday, Feb. 28 The Pour House Charleston, SC
Friday, Feb. 29 Town Pump Black Mountain, NC
Saturday, March 1 Corner Lounge Knoxville, TN
Wednesday, March 12 SxSW- No Depression Showcase Austin, TX
Wednesday, March 12 SxSW- Guitartown Showcase Austin, TX
Saturday, March 15 SxSW- Twangfest Showcase Austin, TX
Friday, March, Mar 21 Chelsea's Cafe Baton Rouge, LA
Saturday, March 22 Spirits Alexandria, LA
Saturday, March 29 Hubfest Hattiesburg, MS
Saturday, April 5 Crawdad Hole Jackson, MS
Saturday, April 12 Dave's Dark Horse Starkville, MS
Thursday, April 17 Lucas School House St. Louis, MO
Saturday, April 19 Bottleneck Lawrence, KS
Saturday, April 26 Double Decker Festival Oxford, MS
Wednesday, April 30 Howler's Coyote Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
Thursday, May 1 Hideout Chicago, IL
Friday, May 2 400 Club Minneapolis, MN
Tuesday, May 6 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI
Wednesday, May 7 Lager House Detroit, MI
Thursday, May 8 Casa Nueva Athens, OH
Friday, May 9 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Saturday, May 10 Luna Lounge Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, May 11 Roots Hoot House Concerts Peace Dale, RI
Sunday, May 31 Wood House Concerts St. Louis, MO


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CD review - Midnight in Mississippi Bands break up for a variety of personal and professional reasons but the worst possible scenario for any group is the dissolution of a relationship within its ranks. In a 10-year run (that included their stint as the Hilltops), Blue Mountain released four excellent studio albums and a live record, all of which were critically well received and well represented the band's rising arc as able translators of bluegrass, gospel, country and rock. But the group could not hope to survive the ...
CD review - Omnibus Bands break up for a variety of personal and professional reasons but the worst possible scenario for any group is the dissolution of a relationship within its ranks. In a 10-year run (that included their stint as the Hilltops), Blue Mountain released four excellent studio albums and a live record, all of which were critically well received and well represented the band's rising arc as able translators of bluegrass, gospel, country and rock. But the group could not hope to survive the ...
When we last left Blue Mountain, the band had taken giant steps forward on "Tales of a Traveler." Bandleaders Cary Hudson and Laurie Stirratt added soul and R&B inflections to their rootsy strummings, and Stirratt bounded forward on the songwriting front. The logical sequel to that record is yet to come. That's no reason not to trip over this, a vivd reworking of older, traditional songs like "Rye Whiskey," "Young and Tender Ladies" and "Riley and Spencer." The dark Blue Mountain sound ...


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