Considering his lack of mainstream profile it's quite amazing to recall that Monte Montgomery was named one of the top 50 all time greatest guitar players by Guitar Magazine. Even more amazing when you consider that he's an acoustic guitarist. Add in some excellent songs and singing, and you're left with a very special talent indeed.
His latest, self titled, album was recorded live in the studio and has 11 original, good to great songs, and a cover of the Jimi Hendrix tune, 'Little Wing'. The opening track. 'River' sets the bar high as he powers through a vibrant song before 'Let's Go' veers away from the Blues, heading off into seventies jazz rock before 'Everything About You' takes a turn into seventies west coast rock. And that's the one problem I have with an otherwise excellent album.
At times, it seems like you're listening to a compilation album that ranges across rock, pop, jazz and Blues, rather than to a cohesive work by a single artist. There is some breathtaking guitar work on offer that often brings to mind the mid-seventies Fleetwood Mac work of Bob Welch. Check out 'Midnight Tango' if that sounds like your thing.
I would have liked more cohesion, but when there are songs as good as 'Company You Keep' and the epic 'Could've Loved You Forever', it seems churlish to complain.
Another Album I purchased Through watching a performance on Live @ Daryl's For one song ... I can never get my head round why anyone would want to play a Ten minuet Guitar solo... (What a yawn bet his mates all went down the pub when he played them that.).. What can you do in a Ten minute guitar solo that has not all ready been done in the last 46 years. Its about as iconic to me as sitting on the toilet for Ten minuets. Thank god he did not take up the trombone of flugal horn imagine a ten minute solo, Moan over.. The rest of this album quite good in places. He plays very well indeed.. Personal note. To me Monte sounds just like Jamie Cullen singing. Dont you think?