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Blue Mountain reforms and plans tour



Divorces may result in scorched-Earth campaigns, while others resemble a relatively amicable truce. Mississippi alt-country act Blue Mountain crumbled in 2001 after its two guiding lights (Cary Hudson and Laurie Stirratt) separated, but the band recently reformed and is touring to support two new albums.

Stirratt even convinced Hudson to release the albums on her new label, Broadmoor Records, started with her twin brother, John Stirratt, who does double duty as bassist for Wilco.

"On paper, this should be weird, but it isn't," Hudson said. "I trust her and her brother completely, so it's not weird and really just seems like it's doing business with old friends."

"Midnight in Mississippi" will be released Aug. 19, but Hudson will bring advanced copies with him Sunday to The Blue Door, 2805 N. McKinley, for an 8 p.m. show with Travis Linville.

The band is also releasing "Omnibus," a re-recorded collection of songs originally from Blue Mountain's time with Roadrunner Records. Hudson said that the group doesn't own the masters, so it decided to record them all over again so the tracks could be available to fans once more.

With a relaxed country vibe, Hudson said the new cuts are more character-driven, rather than confessional.

"When people start out, they tend to write about themselves because that's what they know," he said. "That's what I did when I was younger, but now I approach the lyrics more like short stories."

Admission is $20. For tickets and more information, call 524-0738. "Charles Martin

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