RELEASE
August 13, 2002
LABEL
DCN (Digital Club Network)

Album Review

Serving as their last official release, their first live album, as well as something of a career retrospective, Tonight It's Now or Never is a fitting coda for one of alternative country's pioneering bands. With two discs and 21 tracks, the band delves into generous helpings of traditional folk tunes, cowpunk anthems, and bluesy, feedback-heavy rock with equal aplomb. Whether storming through the rollicking "Bloody 98" or dipping into the hypnotic English folk of "Young and Tender Ladies," Cary Hudson and Laurie Stirratt imbue songs of sadness and longing with the genuine spirit of the Appalachian folk and Delta blues from which they draw. Similarly, the Neil Young & Crazy Horse riff rock of "My Wicked, Wicked Ways" and the Celtic shades of "Rye Whiskey" show a band who was more than capable of moving past the commonplace strains of Americana, sounding as much like John Doe and Exene Cervenka on their harmonies as they do George Jones and Tammy Wynette. Sadly, the group would part ways shortly after the March 11, 2001, performance at Chicago's Schuba's, with both Hudson and Stirratt either releasing or readying solo albums within a year, making this an excellent document of one of the band's final moments.
Matt Fink, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Young and Tender Ladieshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=270632502&id=270632423
  2. Bloody 98http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=270632503&id=270632423
  3. Lakesidehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=270632504&id=270632423
  4. Banks of the Ponchartrainhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/blue-mountain-tonight-its/id270632423?uo=5
  5. Myrna Leehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=270632506&id=270632423
  6. Jimmy Carterhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=270632507&id=270632423
  7. Riley and Spencerhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=270632508&id=270632423
  8. Rain and Snowhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=270632509&id=270632423
  9. Black Doghttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=270632511&id=270632423
  10. Poppahttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=270632512&id=270632423
  11. Let's Go Runnin'http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=270632520&id=270632423
  12. Judgement Dayhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=270632521&id=270632423
  13. When You're Not Minehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/blue-mountain-tonight-its/id270632423?uo=5
  14. My Wicked, Wicked Wayshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/blue-mountain-tonight-its/id270632423?uo=5
  15. Soul Sisterhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/blue-mountain-tonight-its/id270632423?uo=5
  16. That Nasty Swinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/blue-mountain-tonight-its/id270632423?uo=5
  17. Sleepin' in My Shoeshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/blue-mountain-tonight-its/id270632423?uo=5
  18. I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyeshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/blue-mountain-tonight-its/id270632423?uo=5
  19. Rye Whiskeyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/blue-mountain-tonight-its/id270632423?uo=5
  20. Generic Americahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/blue-mountain-tonight-its/id270632423?uo=5
  21. Go 'Way Devilhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/blue-mountain-tonight-its/id270632423?uo=5
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