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Scud Mountain Boys Are Reunited and Playing Tonight

January 13th, 2012


When you think about it, most musical genres really cover more than one type of music. But people are still quick to apply labels, so country-tinged music that delves into rock and punk somewhere along the way became alt-country or, even better, y’alternative. Think Gram Parsons or Uncle Tupelo, which begat Wilco and Son Volt. Along those lines came Scud Mountain Boys, out of Northampton, Mass., blending country music with ’70s rock. The band’s first album, Pine Box, came out in 1995. And despite it only being released on cassette, the quartet—Joe Pernice, Stephen Desaulniers, Tom Shea and Bruce Tull—began to gain some attention. But it wasn’t meant to last. By 1997, after releasing two more LPs, the group had broken up with each band member going his own way. Pernice, who went on to form Pernice Brothers, says the bandmates “hadn’t spoken a single word between us in 14 years.” But following the death of a friend he reached out and a reunion show of sorts occurred last summer in Boston. And now the whole band is back together and you can see Scud Mountain Boys (above, doing “”) tonight at The Bowery Ballroom.