Blue Mountain : Midnight in Mississippi/Ominbus

bm_midnight_mississippi.jpgFormed in Oxford, Mississippi in 1993, Blue Mountain disbanded in 2001, then reformed in 2007. The resulting flowers of their inspiration are two new recordings, the solid outing of brand-new material Midnight in Mississippi and the powerhouse retrospective of Omnibus.

bm_omnibus.jpgOmnibus  recounts the Blue Mountain oeuvre with new recordings of classic songs that the band didn’t own the master recordings to. These are the classics of the canon, from the memorable opening composition "Blue Canoe" to the free flowing "Mountain Girl" and grounded country grooves of "Band Called Bud."

Guitarist and lead vocalist Cary Hudson carries tracks like "Myrna Lee," "Lakeside" and "Generic America" with vision and grit.

Backed forcefully by bassist and backing vocalist Laurie Stiratt and the propulsive backbeats of Frank Coutch on drums, Hudson takes Blue Mountain into rarified territory on Midnight in Mississippi. Every song is seamless, placed in a naturally blossoming order that improves with every listen. Highlights include the atmospheric "Butterfly," the rocking title track, and the boot stomping kickoff, "Groove Me." Whether they ease back on "By Your Side" or lock intrinsically on "70’s Song," Blue Mountain creates a vibe all it’s own, owing heavily to the fertile musical territory of Oxford, Mississippi, and the outward influences of Neil Young’s Harvest period.

Hats off to Blue Mountain‘s double-disc comeback. May they never go away again.    

Midnight in Mississippi and Omnibus are out now on Broadmoor Records.