Friday, November 13, 2015
321 Main Street, Worcester, MA
Mechanics Hall – Worcester, MA Friday November, 13, 2015
Release of Live CD recorded this past spring “James Montgomery – Live at the Larcom”. This kick-off event for “V is for Veterans” will feature an All-Star line-up.
Some of the artists joining us already are:
- Johnny Winter Legacy Band
- D.A. Foster and the Mohegn (Shaboo) All-Stars, featuring Worcester native Cliff Goodwin
- Barry Goudreau - former Boston guitarist
- Jon Butcher – New England guitar hero and founder of the self-titled band Jon Butcher Axis
- Danny Klein – aka Ace on Bass and co-founding member of Boston rockers’ the J. Geils Band
- Jimmy McCarty – Iconic guitarist for Mitch Rider, Cactus, Buddy Miles and many more in a rare New England appearance.
- Fly Amero – Guitarist and vocalist from Orleans
- “Tunes” Antunes – John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band (Eddie & the Cruisers)
- Ayla Brown – American Idol performer and Nashville country performer/songwriter
- Lizzie Borden & the Axes – One of Boston’s most important bands to come out of the many punk & new wave groups of the 1980's.
- Senator Scott Brown - Colonel US Army Retired
There are a couple of more guests to be added to this event, so please make sure to check back.
Buy a ticket now and join us in supporting our Vets!!
Also check back to find out about the pre-show Meet & Greet event we will be holding at Mechanics Hall as well as the post party show at Via Bene across the street from Mechanics Hall.
Please make sure to like us on FacebookIf you can’t make the show please make sure to check back and buy a copy of the new CD, available for sale at www.visforveterans.org on November 15th.
Read the article on James from the RI Monthly Magazine - 11/2008 Click here
- James is having his best year yet. He was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award - the highest honor in Blues - for his album "Bring It On Home", which was also picked by the Boston Herald as on of the "Year's 10 Best CDs". James was also chosen by the Blues Foundation to be a presenter at the Handy Award Ceremony. He also received a Gold Record from Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker for the work he did on Kracker's platinum selling "Double Wide" CD.
- James has teamed up with Johnny Winter once more as a member of the Johnny Winter Group. Johnny has played several shows in the U.S. with James, and a multi-day tour of Europe is right around the corner in late June and most of July. The shows have all been extremely well received. Just check out some of the reviews on the chat line at the Johnny Winter web site!!
James recently played a benefit for the Victory Program, a program that benefits women with dependency problems. Aerosmith's Steven Tyler joined James on stage for a two song harmonica and vocal duet. Steven was thrilled. Steven teamed up with James again at the Regent Theater in Arlington MA at a fundraiser for Middlesex Human Resources. Also on the bill were Matt Woodburn, Cheryl Arena, Harry T , and the incredible Johnny A. Over $40,000.00 was raised.
After Steven did the 3 songs in the set list, he turned to James and Said "What now?" He was having such a good time he didn't want to leave. He stayed for hours afterwards and greeted everyone who wanted to meet him.
James was also selected to perform at Dan Aykroyd's surprise 50th birthday party at Mohegan Sun (see Picture Below). The band included Steven Tyler, Peter Wolf, Sam Moore, Paul Shafer, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi (who also performed with James at last year's Reel Blues Fest), Ashford and Simpson, James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins, Elvin Bishop, Jeff Pevar, Mike Finnegan, David Foster, and many others. Guests included Bill Murray, Cher, Tom Cruise, John Cusack, Rosanne Barr, Chevy Chase, Ice T, and many others, including a host of super-models. Year's ago, James also played
- As president of the New England Blues Society, James has had the privilege of being part of a team that has established an extensive program to provide free health care for New England blues musicians. There will be a series of concerts this summer and fall to help support this effort - August 24th at Cape Cod Community College featuring James, Johnny Winter, K.K.Bell and others. This event will be hosted by national TV and comedy giant, Lenny Clarke. Other events include September 22nd at Indian Ranch in Webster MA with James Cotton and others, October 4th at the Stadium Theater in Woonsocket RI, and November 11th at Mechanics Hall in Worcester MA.
THE NEWEST RELEASE
"As Bring It On Home’s Sonny Boy Williamson–inspired title implies, Montgomery uses the 11 cuts to pay tribute to his mentors, including James Cotton and the late Junior Wells, who taught him the tricks of blowing harp. Cotton duets with Montgomery on the acoustic numbers "Sinkin’ Blues" and "Junior’s Jump," the latter a tune Montgomery wrote using some of his favorite Wells licks.
For Montgomery, the disc is a joyous recollection of his earliest days as a musician, when Wells, Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and other artists playing the Hastings Street dives and after-hours clubs of his native Detroit would let him sit in — giving the white teenager an on-the-job education in how to play Delta-derived electric blues. Bring It On Home is also a manifesto of sorts. Montgomery, who lives in Providence, explains, "I found that people in the industry were confused. ‘James Montgomery? Kind of blues, kind of rock, and kind of funk?’ Because in my previous albums I had tried to show the paths that blues had taken. But I’ve always considered them blues records.
"So this time I went back to my roots. The producer Marc Copley, who also played guitar, is kind of a cutting-edge guy. So we decided to put together an album that proves I’m a blues musician, but we also wanted it to be textural — to put spooky and dark things in the background. Once we had that concept, we picked songs that referenced artists who meant a lot to me."
The blend of gutty blues — buoyed by Montgomery’s direct, gritty singing and his command of a wide spray of electric- and acoustic-harmonica tones — and moody sonics works well. Low, tremolo’d guitar awash with reverb sends chills through "Back on My Knees Again"; subtle shifts in the guitar’s presence and attack (from slide to tremolo to rumbling rhythm) on the Willie Dixon–penned and Williamson-associated title number has the effect of raising the spirits of the music’s past. For the present, Montgomery has a killer version of his band together, featuring drummer Marty Richards, bassist David Hull, and guitarist
Matt Woodburn" - The Boston Phoenix
"...rocking out at HARPERS FERRY and still getting the job done with authority."
Steve Morse, BOSTON GLOBE
"...Blues journeymen usually miss out on the hosannas, but this perennial NE bandleader keeps on keeping on, earning his regional acclaim with much chutzpah. I still get a kick out of his harp playing and his rough-n-tumble combo can definitely make a room buzz"
THE VILLAGE VOICE
"...a fresh-rocking band starring two young Europeans: drummer David Spreng from Munich, and bassist Curt Uenela from Montreux, Switzerland. Together with guitarist Mark Barnicle, they helped singer-harpist Montgomery hit new peaks at Harpers [Ferry], both on Montgomery's original songs and on searing covers of tunes by Little Willie John, Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, and a Delta-rocking version of Mose Allison's 'Ain't That Just Like Living' "
"NEWPORT BLUES CAFE: Housed in a former bank, this is the place to catch live music. The "Amistad" cast and crew held their wrap party here; Matthew McConaughey grooved to the sounds of bluesman James Montgomery"
IN STYLE Magazine