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Tales of a Traveler


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  • Audio CD (October 5, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B00001R3NA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Poppa
3. Comicbook Kid
4. Lakeside
5. I Don't Wanna Say Goodnight
6. Sleepin' In My Shoes
7. The One That Got Away
8. My Wicked, Wicked Ways
9. Room 829
10. Hermit Of The Hidden Beach
11. Death Is A Fisherman
12. Just Passing Through

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Oxford, Mississippi, has always been a literary melting pot, and thanks to these native sons (and daughters), the college town is now being recognized for its music. Blue Mountain's fourth record, coproduced by ex-Georgia Satellite Dan Baird, proves that Cary Hudson and his wife, Laurie Stirratt (twin sister of Wilco's John Stirratt) are the John and Exene of alternative country. They unite an intoxicating narrative and savvy song structure with Hudson's pungent chords, an effusing rocking style with smatterings of Skip James and Hank Williams. Akin to a well-read tour of the Deep South, Blue Mountain take you to Stax's Memphis ("My Wicked, Wicked Ways"), Skynyrd's Jacksonville ("Poppa"), and Robert Johnson's front porch ("Just Passing Through"). And then it's back to Oxford, where Blue Mountain should feel just as at home as novelist Barry Hannah. --Scott Holter

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Nicholas Dirga on October 15, 1999
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Used to see these guys play all the time back in Oxford, Miss., beer in my hand and standing two inches away from the amp... They still got it in this, their third album. If you like alt-country like Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo, Neil Young or Lyle Lovett, check these guys out. Great guitars, wonderful storytelling and a sense of honesty and guts that outpaces most of the calculated fluff out there these days. Have a beer for me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. DeToffol on December 1, 1999
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This album certainly doesn't disappoint a die-hard Blue Mountain fan. "Dog Days" and "Homegrown" are two of my favorite albums and I was very much looking forward to this new effort. I had the extreme pleasure to see the band live a few weeks back - don't miss 'em when they come around! This album gives you a taste of their passionate live performances. Cary Hudson is one fine guitar player! If you like true American roots rock & roll, you'll love this band.
Do yourself a favor and buy "Dog Days" while you're at it - it'll save you a trip.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1999
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After the good but somewhat uneven "Homegrown", Blue Mountain return to form with a very strong outing. "Tales of a Traveler" has it all: catchy tunes, fast-paced rockers, blues-tinged songs and poignant ballads. Overall, a very focused an cohesive work. This band is one of the best out there -- do yourself a favor and check them out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Train on November 7, 2003
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When I first got this disc I thought, "Its not as good as Dog Days", and I sort of pushed it to the back of my collection. Well after pulling it out again and giving it a fair amount of playing time, I discovered how much I like this Disc. Still may not be quite as good as Dog Days, but it has a more of a varity of sounds and songs than Dog Days. This is just simply a talented band, and given the chance, if you are a country rock fan, these guys will win you over. Think Neil Young, Skynyrd, Jayhawks, and Son Volt, and Blue Mountain is in that catagory. Fine company indeed
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on April 19, 2000
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Blue Mountain may never again record an album as great as their debut ("Dog Days"), but this one is pretty good. The first five songs are classic down home country rock (though "Lakeside" is merely a rewrite of "Blue Canoe" from the first album). After that, things get a bit more experimental and not as fun, though the disc closes with the rollicking "Just Passing Through," which is one of their best-ever songs. These Mississippi homeboys (and one homegirl) deserve a much wider audience.
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