Thursday To-Do: Jim Mize/Blue Mountain

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BLUE MOUNTAIN, JIM MIZE
10 p.m. White Water Tavern. $10.

I would be remiss in my duties as an appreciator of excellent Arkansas music if I didn't plug any and all appearances by Faulkner County's Jim Mize, who is without a doubt one of the nation's finest under-heralded singer/songwriters. Seriously. Go listen to "Release it to the Sky." It's one of the best — and best-sounding — records ever made by an Arkansas musician. In a 2007 profile in the Times, Mize says he'll have more time for music once he retires from his position as a Farm Bureau claims agent. If his '07 calculations are still on-course, he'll be retired some time in 2015, which can't come quick enough for us. Mize is joined by his friends and collaborators in Blue Mountain. The Oxford, Miss., trio sprang up during the alt-country heyday of the early '90s and released several well-received albums before calling it quits in 2002. Blue Mountain got back together in 2007 and largely picked up where they'd left off. The band's material ranges from rootsy originals and tunes written by Mize along with covers of dusty old folk and country numbers by the likes of the Carter Family to driving rock that sounds like a southern-fried Tom Petty playing a mean harp. Whichever genre mode the group is in, it displays an innate understanding of the dynamics and the other intangibles involved that make this kind of music work. My prediction for this show: beers, laughs, good vibes and hopefully Mize performing with Blue Mountain.

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