"Monte Montgomery blows people away. There is no other way to describe it." - Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits
You can call it prescient or predetermined, but when Terry Lickona, undisputed taste-maker and producer of Austin City Limits, plucked a then relatively unknown guitar talent to tape a segment of the legendary show in 1999, one had the sense that this was just the beginning.
Since that jaw dropping performance, Monte Montgomery has embarked on an almost fantasy like rock and roll roller coaster ride filled with dizzying accomplishments and mind blowing accolades. Named one of the “Top 50 All-Time Greatest Guitar Players” by Guitar Player Magazine, he’s been called everything from “guitar-god” to the “answer to the Fermi Paradox” and has won the “Best Acoustic Guitar Player” award at the Austin Chronicle’s Austin Music Awards seven years in a row.
After twenty plus years of touring, Monte Montgomery has cemented his place not just as some blazingly electrified acoustic guitar playing freak of nature, but also as a rare and true triple threat; songwriter, singer and master musician.
Pulling from a litany of Genres to craft original songs that span 12 albums from 1993 to the present. His latest album “A Call to Arms” is available everywhere you consume music.
Still, despite the six-string notoriety, Monte is not content to rest on his musical laurels. “I’ve resisted temptation to be just that guitar gunslinger from Austin, Texas,” says Monte. “I strive to have more depth, to be more layered as an artist, songwriter and singer.”
Hailing originally from Birmingham AL, Monte never picked up a guitar until he moved to the Texas Hill Country in 1979 at the age of twelve where his mother, Maggie, taught him his first cord at the age of thirteen. Currently and for the last nine seasons, Monte, is the composer /creator of music for the FOX TV series Last Man Standing starring Tim Allen.
Ironically, it’s the cover of another rock pop classic that is bringing Monte a high profile fan and opening up new doors. After seeing Monte’s version of Sara Smile on YouTube, Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates) was so blown away he invited Monte to be the featured artist on Live from Daryl’s House, the popular web-based music show.
The end result, in a day of homogenized, digitalized, and processed music, Monte Montegomery stands at the crossroads delivering a mix of dark, edgy rock to light, breezy pop-like melodies bound together with soulful blues like only a guitar slinger from Austin Texas can.