Hayes Carll helps Crazy Mountain Music make a loud addition to Montana’s music scene

JAKE IVERSON

Next weekend at Red Ants Pants in White Sulphur Springs, Montana’s high plains will be awash with live music. This year, at Crazy Mountain Music in Melville, the music got a head start.

On Friday, July 22, the inaugural show at the new outdoor music venue featured Travis Linville, Curtis Grimes and Hayes Carll. It brought nationally known, Grammy-nominated artists to a former cow pasture in tiny Melville.

To call Melville a town feels like an overstatement. It’s a little speck of a place on Highway 191, about equidistant from Harlowton to the north and Big Timber to the south. Exceed the speed limit and you might miss it.

What Melville lacks in size it makes up for in views. It’s right next to the Crazy Mountains, where the prairies suddenly turn to rocks that jut upwards about 6,000 feet above the valley below.

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The town’s most notable landmark, other than its oft-photographed Lutheran church and modest post office, is Café 191, a small eatery.

The Crazy Mountain Music venue is the field behind the café. On Saturday, it featured a stage built out of a semi-trailer. And

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