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Pirates of the Mississippi back together

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 – The Pirates of the Mississippi are back together with a new single and album coming. The band, who had a hit with "Feed Jake" about 15 years ago, have a new single in "Kickin' Up Dust" and a new album "Heaven and A Dixie Night" coming Aug. 29.

The group took a break from recording, but original Pirates Bill McCorvey and Rich Alves reformed the group, which won the New Vocal Group and Duo Award from the ACM in 1990. Pat Severs, Dean Townson and Jimmy Lowe apparently are not participating.

The album will be released on Nashville-based Evergreen Records. Label President Johnny Morris said, "I knew when I heard the music that the timing would be right for the Pirates to re-launch their career. Bill and Rich have co-written all songs on the album, and the music is an honest reflection of their unique sound... We at Evergreen are excited to be a part of the team."

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