Blue Mountain – Home Grown

ARTIST: Blue Mountain           Blue_mountain_homegrown

TITLE: Home Grown

YEAR RELEASED: 1997

CHART ACTION: #None

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not really, but you should have.

LINEUP: Carey Hudson, Laurie Stirratt, Frank Couch

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A true alt-country record, with straight country songs and stomping rockers.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Carey Hudson is a country boy with rock-and-roll in his heart, and his band (with his then wife Laurie Stirratt), combined both genres in one of the purest alt-country bands going in the 90’s.

From rockers like “Generic America” (probably the best track on the album), to country ballads like “Myrna Lee”, and testimonies to dangerous two-lane roads found in the South (“Bloody 98”), Hudson and company mix and match country and rock, especially in a track like “Last Words of Midnight Clyde”.

The issue is that the album seems front-loaded, with the back half concentrating on the mellower acoustic-based songs that let a bit of the fire out of the record. The sequencing makes this just a good album, not great.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They were on Roadrunner Records for this release, which is unusual since that company normally releases Heavy Metal albums.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: B+: It would be an A- with better sequencing.

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