Big Smith / Blue Mountain
Get over the Deliverance bib overalls and the Ozark ax-killer faces. The five guys in Springfield, Missouri, outfit Big Smith have long cultivated the Ozark hillbilly look, and further it with a tear-ass musical style that puts them in the company of groups like the Gourds and Avett Brothers. They usually look like they've just arrived from a turkey shoot or pig roast, but Big Smith can play high-energy, bluegrass-influenced roots music with anybody on the farm.Seminal Americana band Blue Mountain was formed 15 years ago in Oxford, Miss., by former wedded couple Cary Hudson and Laurie Stirratt. Though the marriage has ended, the musical partnership remains. Blue Mountain continues its journey mixing twang, rock, gospel and country, flanked by the sweet harmonies of Hudson and Stirratt. Or as the band describes it: "original songs written in a traditional spirit, but with the hard edge of rock and roll."Doors at 8:00 p.m. Blue Mountain performs at 9:00 p.m.