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Monte Montgomery - New & Approved Live (2003)

20-01-2015, 17:07
Music | Blues | Rock

Monte Montgomery - New & Approved Live (2003)

Artist: Monte Montgomery
Title Of Album: New & Approved Live
Year Of Release: 2003
Label: Monte Montgomery
Genre: Blues Rock, Texas Blues, Singer-Songwriter
Format: Mp3
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 65:41 Min
Total Size: 160 Mb


1. Wishing Well
2. Tug Of War
3. Took Too Long
4. All I Can Do
5. Sara Smile
6. Romeo & Juliet
7. Broken Arms
8. River
9. Lie To Me
10. Erased
11. Northeast Texas Wome
12. In The Gaze Of The Spotlight's Eye

Monte Montgomery Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter Monte Montgomery is best described by one word: Musical. Having grown up immersed in music, he’s been playing professionally since his teens, and is currently one of the hottest draws on the talent-packed Austin, TX music scene. Rated by Guitar One magazine as one of the Top 10 Best Undiscovered Guitarists in America, Monte has earned praise from both critics and fellow musicians for his stunning and imaginative six-string work as well as his abilities as a Singer and a Crafter of ear-catching pop-rock songs imbued with a deep roots sensibility. Monte recently released "New & Approved", a Live Album recorded in a very special setting featuring Monte and drummer Phil Bass in a Duo performance recorded at the Cactus Café in Austin, Texas. New & Approved showcases Monte’s ability to deliver not only as a virtuoso guitarist but also as a refined vocalist reflecting on all his gifts with class and finesse.

As Acoustic Guitar magazine notes, "Monte Montgomery is not your typical up-and-coming guitar god. His exquisitely crafted, melodically and rhythmically sophisticated pop songs suggest the best of Fleetwood Mac, Squeeze and The Police, while just happening to integrate the most mind-boggling guitar work in the state of Texas." Monte’s earlier releases put an accent on his full range of his talents. New & Approved gives the listener a hint of Montes’s dynamic rock n’ roll experience at his electrifying shows with Rich, Stunning guitar work and Powerful Song Deliveries.

Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, Monte first learned piano and trumpet, and by the beginning of his adolescence, was a voracious listener to pop radio. After moving to Texas at the age of 12, he joined the legendary musical scene around the restored town of Luckenbach and began his impressive rise as a musical talent performing with his mother at a popular Hill Country picking parlor where he quickly absorbed everything he could. By his mid-teens, Montgomery was playing gigs around Austin and San Antonio, both with bands as an electric guitarist and in a variety of acoustic configurations. At the same time he developed his guitar chops absorbing the work of a variety of respected players such as Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Mark Knopfler, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Lee, Steve Vai, Steve Morse and Larry Carlton. "I like it all," he explains of his musical influences.

Leading his own band, Monte began developing his trademark electrified acoustic guitar style. "I started playing acoustic at the beginning of each set, the response was so overwhelming that I kept the acoustic up there longer and longer. Then I just started playing all acoustic. I found I could do anything on acoustic I could do on electric if I turned it up loud enough."

After a stint living and playing in San Antonio, Monte set out to make his mark in the highly competitive Austin musical community. Starting out with a $50 gig at a small Austin Pub on a Tuesday night, Monte quickly attracted packed houses, graduating rapidly to filling the biggest clubs in the city. His live performances and Albums earned Monte words of praise in the music press and an ever-widening touring circuit outside of his Texas home base. As Texas Monthly noted, "He brings taste, precision, economy and a playful sense of timing to poppish songs with sturdy hooks and sings in a voice that’s equal parts grit and sunshine. And when you have the ability to make one guitar sound like two, who needs any more support than bass and drums."

Monte caught the ear of "Austin City Limits" producer Terry Lickona, who invited the relatively unknown talent to tape a segment of the legendary show. When Lickona introduced Montgomery to the audience at the artist’s "Austin City Limits" performance, he described Monte’s talent in a simple yet profound statement: "Monte Montgomery blows people away. There is no other way to describe it."

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