Giving you the music a day early:
Mississippi’s Blue Mountain is one of those legendary bands that many outside a certain circle don’t know about but should. The legendary duo of Cary Hudson and Laurie Stirratt (sister of Wilco bassist John Stirratt) created some of the best roots rock … well, ever, with such classic albums as Dog Days (1995) and Homegrown (1997). But after years of touring and the dissolution of the pair’s marriage, the band called it quits. But the band reformed in 2007 and tours from time to time, including a show at White Water Tavern. Joining Blue Mountain (seriously, they are freaking good) will be a man who needs no introduction: Jim Mize — a masterful songwriter whose tunes channel rock ‘n’ roll, country honky tonk and dirty Delta blues into must-hear roots rock. Admission is $10 for the show which begins at 10 p.m.
Memphis band Haven Hill describes themselves as such: “a new band with an old soul.” What that means is the quartet is a still relatively young group of music veterans influenced by acts from The Black Crows to the Foo Fighters. Haven Hill brings that rock ‘n’ roll sound to Stickyz. The opening act is the Grayson Shelton-led War Chief with its rollicking and smart rock ‘n’ roll, including the historical rock of “Stand Watie” and its tale of the Cherokee chief and Confederate general who commanded American Indians in the Civil War. The show starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover for the 18-and-up show.
This Arkansas State Fair isn’t going anywhere until Sunday night so that means a few more days of rides, food, games, and, of course, music. Thursday, local country act Ryan Couron opens for Grammy-winning country superstar Travis Tritt. All shows are on the Wendy’s Main Stage and free with a paid fair admission. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12 and senior adults ages 60 and over, and free to children ages 5 and under. Parking at the fairgrounds is $5 per vehicle.
Here’s Blue Mountain with their “Midnight in Mississippi”: