Wishing Wellby Monte Montgomery
Monte Montgomery takes the challenge of being a male soloist well, creating a great mix of vocals and instruments to form many different sounds in his latest collection of modern electric blues music. While from the beginning it appears that the album will fall into a repetitious sound, making every song sound alike, Montgomery quickly breaks from that pattern to really create a solid mix of music. While the subjects of his songs vary -- from relationships in the first track, "Tug of War," to many others -- what the songs do have in common is their masterful lyrics. Montgomery has the songwriting ability to tell a story fluidly, without the overuse of chorus lines and repetition. In an age of poor songwriting, it is refreshing to open the liner notes and see magical and lengthy poetry. Perhaps the best example, as well as the best track on the album, is "Erased," a slower song that sounds very similar to a middle-aged Bob Dylan. A hopeful song with a catchy sound, it really draws the listener in as well as highlights Montgomery's vast vocal talents. Of course, this album isn't all about the lyrics. "Bagpipe" is a wonderful instrumental piece that combines great acoustic and electric guitar playing with some catchy percussion sounds. It is a nice break in the record, giving the listener a break from Montgomery's voice, while at the same time showing off his and his bandmates' instrumental talents as they create a great bagpipe sound, without actually playing the instrument. A true highlight for this record. Montgomery ends the album on a high note, with a somewhat fast-paced and upbeat song, "Radio Girl." It is unlike the other tracks in that it has a jazzy sound, leaving the listener feeling good after the record completes. This comes after the marathon song, "All on Me," which combines unbelievable electric guitar with Montgomery's voice and a nice chorus background. On an album that mixes vocals with instruments so well, this is a perfect track, because it does both of those things so well, for over seven minutes.
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- Texas Music Group
Performance CreditsMonte Montgomery Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Vocals
Chris Maresh Bass
Jane Clark Fiddle
Technical CreditsMonte Montgomery Arranger,Producer
Carl Thiel Producer,Engineer
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Monte Montgomery is simply the best pop/rock musician in the business today. Period. And he doesn't disappoint with his new record, Wishing Well. Best known for his unbelievable guitar playing (the best guitar player on the planet, hands down), Montgomery also crafts catchy tunes and is a man who has a lot to say about love and life. And his soulful voice makes him a triple threat. Wishing Well captures all this talent on one disk. Buy it. One last thing. If you get a chance to see him live, do it. As good as his studio CDs are (and they're great), he is simply amazing live. The best live act I've ever seen. You will never see anyone like Monte Montgomery. He's just the best.
That's what I said the first time I saw and heard Monte Montgomery. I caught him on Austin City Limits in July of '99. Since then I have seen him in person 4 times. This guy is phenomenol. His song writing ability is up there with Billy Joel. Melodic music, poetic lyrics and all played with such excitement and virtuousity...well I know it sounds unbelievable..but check him out..you'll see. And if you ever get the chance to see him live DON'T MISS IT. That's why they call his fans MONTIACS.
Monte is by far one of Texas' best talents. His albums and shows are soulful, electrifying and energizing. Not only is he a fantastic musician and vocalist but a comedian as well. You must see him live to understand his talent. I own all his albums and can't wait till the live one his released. Monte is down to earth and I don't think he realizes his own talent. I have met him and he is just a normal guy like the rest of us.