Should Be (more) Famous: Monte Montgomery
I am launching a new category to the blog titled “Should Be (more) Famous”.
Posts in this category will feature guitarists that are not necessarily household names, but probably should be — at least in the homes of guitar players. I say “more” famous because perhaps they already are famous, but the GuitarDaddy has not heard of them! Hey, 6 years ago I had never heard of Joe Bonamassa!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.
On January 24, 2004, Alvarez Guitars unveiled the MMY1 Monte Montgomery Signature Guitar, a model based on Montgomery’s 1987 Alvarez-Yairi DY62C Acoustic-Electric Guitar. Due to his intense playing style, Montgomery has broken the neck of his DY62C four times—the MMY1 has a reinforced neck to prevent such breakage.
Check out Monte Montgomery’s amazing talent: