Monday, February 9, 2009

Austin Singer/Songwritter Monte Montgomery

What can I say that others haven't said already? Monte Montgomery is amazing. Guitar Player Magazine listed him as one of "The Top 50 All-Time Greatest Guitarists". He also won the SXSW award for best acoustic guitarist 7 years in a row. If you don't know about Monte you need to "discover" him now.

Listen to the following YouTube post. That's right, don't watch it, just listen. You will hear what sounds like an electric guitar. It's not. It is an amplified acoustic.

Monte Montgomery plays Little Wing at the Austin Music Network studio

Now that you have listened play it again and watch. Focus on his fingers. Watch for the switches between using a pick and just his fingers. Monte also uses a slide on a finger, and then plays chords using just three fingers so he can hold the slide out of the way. It is mesmerizing and fascinating at the same time. I still can't believe the sounds he gets out of an acoustic guitar.

The video is impressive and his albums should be part of your music collection. However, you really need to go see Monte live. The interplay between a gifted performer like Monte, the captivating and engaging nature of his music, and the crowd dynamics in a club creates something unique that can't be experienced with a recording. I've seen him live several times, and will be going to see him again. The tour schedule is linked from Monte's site.

This is the first of what will be a regular Monday post about music.

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