Columbus Arts Council Omnova Series Presents an Acoustic Performance By Cary Hudson and Laurie Stirratt of Blue Mountain Band

Date(s) - 03/29/2013
7:00 pm

Rosenzweig Arts Center


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Columbus, MS, March 29, 2013 – The Columbus Arts Council will host alt-country, roots rock duo Cary Hudson and Lauire Stirratt as they take an acoustic side trip from the their Blue Mountain band for a very special night in the intimate Omnova Theater at the Rosenzweig Arts Center. This concert is not to be missed as it will be one of the last performances by the duo.

Hudson, born in Sumrall, Mississippi and Stirratt, from New Orleans, first met when Laurie’s twin brother, John Stirratt (bass player for Wilco), brought Hudson to their hometown for a visit and to play in his cover band. The three became friends and moved to Oxford, Mississippi in 1988 and began performing together as “The Hilltops.” When John left to return to New Orleans and join band, Uncle Tupelo, in the spring of 1991, Cary and Laurie decided to move to Los Angeles and form their current band, Blue Mountain.

After a year-long stint in Los Angeles, Hudson and Stirratt moved back to Oxford and joined by drummer Matt Brennan, began gigging and recording. With this line-up, the band released their first self-titled album on their own 4-Barrel Records in 1993. The band was signed by the independent Roadrunner Records label and released their second album, Dog Days, with new drummer Frank Coutch in 1995. Two more albums followed on Roadrunner Records, Home Grown in 1997, and Tales of a Traveler in 1999.

During this time, the band toured extensively and built up a catalogue of critically acclaimed albums mixing elements of blues, bluegrass, country and old-time folk music that lead to high energy rock shows with a loyal fan base in attendance. “With Hudson working out on his battered Les Paul and Stirratt falling in with melodic bass lines and high harmonies, they often recall Neil Young and Crazy Horse, wrapped in the lyricism of the Allman Brothers.”

After the release of their studio album Roots in 2001, along with a live release of Tonight It’s Now or Never in 2002, the band took a five year hiatus. Blue Mountain reunited and played the popular South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas and were one of the main acts of Oxford’s Double Decker Arts Festival in 2008. Cary was named one of Gibson Magazine’s top 10 alt country guitarists of all time. That same year they also released Midnight in Mississippi, an album of original material, spanning 12 tracks, including 3 songs from solo albums released by Hudson, as well as an album of 14 re-recorded Blue Mountain originals from their three Roadrunner Records releases, entitled Omnibus.

As the duo will soon be pursuing their individual careers, March 29 will be one of the last opportunities to hear these two very special musicians perform together. The concert begins Friday, March 29, 2013 at 7 PM. in the Omnova Theater at the Rosenzweig Arts Center located at 501 Main Street in downtown Columbus. Tickets to the concert are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Please contact the Columbus Arts Council for tickets or more information by calling 662-328-ARTS (2787) or visit our website at