Blue Mountain to release two CDs in ’08

On the heels of their successful reunion tour that commenced in the summer and fall of 2007 and fifteen years after their first release, seminal Americana band Blue Mountain will go into Elmwood Recording in Dallas, TX, with Grammy-winning producer/engineer Stuart Sikes (Cat Power, White Stripes, Loretta Lynn) to record a full-length CD of new material tentatively scheduled for release in June of 2008.   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, MS.

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

Blue Mountain’s music is a unique blend of twang, rock, gospel, country and bluegrass; original songs written in a traditional spirit, but with the hard edge of rock ‘n’ roll. They quickly developed a reputation for emotionally charged, energetic, raw live performances as they toured the country relentlessly. Blue Mountain was on the forefront of an entire movement now considered “alt-country” or “Americana” and included bands such as Uncle Tupelo and The Jayhawks. In fact, the band graced the second cover for the magazine No Depression, the definitive journal for roots music.

Blue Mountain released their self-titled debut in 1993 before going on to release three highly acclaimed 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 – an evening which turned out, as the title says, to be the night of now or never. Blue Mountain disbanded shortly after that night until their performance at Twangfest in June of 2007.

Their tour last summer and fall found them in front of ecstatic crowds, receiving rave reviews, including a performance to a packed house at the Americana Music Convention in October of 2007, proving that not only is the band tighter than ever, but they are still a vital force in a world of music they helped create.

The band will tour heavily this spring as they gear up for both releases, including several performances at this year’s South-By-Southwest music conference. Confirmed dates thus far include:

Feb 1: Two Stick, Oxford, MS

Feb 2: Continental Club, Houston, TX

Feb 7: Dan’s Silver Leaf, Denton, TX

Feb 8: Allgood Café, Dallas, TX

Feb 9: Momo’s, Austin, TX

Feb 15: Hi Tone, Memphis, TN

Feb 16: Gov’t Street Grocery, Ocean Springs, MS

Feb 23: Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta, GA

Feb 28: The Pour House, Charleston, SC

Feb 29: Town Pump, Black Mountain, NC

Mar 1: Corner Lounge, Knoxville, TN

Mar 12: SxSW- No Depression Showcase, Austin, TX

Mar 12: SxSW- Guitartown Showcase, Austin, TX

Mar 15: SxSW- Twangfest Showcase, Austin, TX

Mar 21: Chelsea’s Café, Baton Rouge, LA

Mar 22: Spirits, Alexandria, LA

Mar 29: Hubfest, Hattiesburg, MS

Apr 5: Crawdad Hole, Jackson, MS

Apr 12: Dave’s Dark Horse, Starkville, MS

Apr 17: Lucas School House, St. Louis, MO

Apr 19: Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS

Apr 26: Double Decker Festival, Oxford, MS

Apr 30: Howler’s Coyote Café, Pittsburgh, PA

May 1: Hideout, Chicago, IL

May 2: 400 Club, Minneapolis, MN

May 6: Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI

May 7: Lager House, Detroit, MI

May 8: Casa Nueva, Athens, OH

May 9: Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

May 10: Luna Lounge, Brooklyn, NY

May 11: Roots Hoot House Concerts, Peace Dale, RI

May 31 Wood House Concerts, St. Louis, MO