Blue Mountain has it made.
The band has made a name for itself since forming in 1993 to bring the world its style of rock, blues and country. The Oxford group, made up of Cary Hudson, Frank Coutch and Laurie Stirratt, has released its share of records and toured the world in its 15-year career, and now Blue Mountain does what it does on its own terms.
“It used to be, we’d play anywhere, anytime, for any amount of money, and these days we’ve got more going on in our lives,” said Cary Hudson in a phone interview with the Daily Journal. “We’re a little bit older now.”
That’s not to say that band members don’t enjoy doing what they do, but now they’re a little more selective about when and where they play and getting together for just the right shows.
After a few more dates on this side of the pond, Blue Mountain will head to Europe for a fall tour.
The band has played for all sorts of crowds, and Hudson says they’re different everywhere the band goes.
“If you play in the South, the crowd’s gonna be kind of loud and rowdy and dancing and hooping and hollering, which is great. That’s what I’m used to. Going to Europe is kinda like going to the Midwest, but even more so – the crowds are really quiet and respectful and they’re there to hear the band,” he said. “It makes you want to play your best. But at the same time, you really miss the hooping and hollering and the dancing.”
Hudson said a Blue Mountain live show is a good time, pure and simple.
“You know, on the records sometimes it’s a little more laid back, but live it’s definitely a rock ‘n’ roll show, and that’s the best way I can put it,” he said. “It’s kind of a good-time show.”
Hudson spoke with the Kudzu Kings, who played at the last Down on Mainstreet concert in Tupelo.
“They loved it; they raved about it,” Hudson said. “I’m excited about it.”
Hudson hopes Blue Mountain’s music will make Tupelo a little more groovy.
“Hopefully the music will make you want to shake your booty,” he said. “It’s gonna be a good time.”
Check ‘em out
What: Blue Mountain
When: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20
Where: Fairpark, Tupelo
Info: (662) 841-6598
Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal