The Subdudes On Mountain Stage

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The Subdudes' latest release is 2007's Street Symphony. Brian Blauser hide caption

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Founded in New Orleans in 1987, The Subdudes began as an offshoot of a group called Continental Drifters. When some of the group's members decided to work on quieter, more "subdued" material, The Subdudes emerged. Drawing from the sonic melting pot of Louisiana, the band found a rootsy, harmony-soaked sound, based largely on the accordion and sparse percussion that grew to become its signature.

Later that year, The Subdudes moved to Colorado and Atlantic Records won a bidding war to release its self-titled debut in 1989. But increasing unrest within the record label proved to be a creative hindrance for the group and, ultimately, some members found themselves moving back to New Orleans.

The band called it quits in 1996, save for a few one-off reunions that kept fans hoping for more. The Subdudes officially reunited in 2002, and its CD Miracle Mule found success thanks to the burgeoning Americana radio format. In 2007, the band released Street Symphony, another inspired tribute to The Subdudes' homeland of New Orleans. Here, the group makes its fifth appearance on Mountain Stage.



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