James Montgomery Blues Band
Written by DeepJams on November 28, 2016
The Path Led by James Montgomery
A brother, a leader, a fore front founder, a musician, and an inspiration! James Montgomery has left behind a path full of unique blues, talent and influence. Born on May 12, 1949 in Detroit Michigan, the amazing singer, harmonica, and harp player would eventually be leaving behind some of the best musical contributions to this day. With an entrepreneur as an older brother, and a founding Executive Director of an American Civil Rights Organization as a younger brother, it was no doubt that Montgomery’s success was waiting right around the corner. The 1970 New England music scene would have lacked a major blues essence if it wasn’t for The James Montgomery Blues Bands’ impressive musical touch.
Montgomery founded the James Montgomery Blues Band while he was attending Boston University, the school in which he also earned a degree in English literature. By his junior year in college, he had already been invited to tour with the well-known Janis Joplin. As his musical associations grew more esteemed, so did his musical accomplishments. By the time he graduated college, his band had made the cover of Boston Phoenix, a newsletter that not only featured other acclaimed artist at the time (Aerosmith, etc.) but also went on to describe Montgomery’s talent as a great contribution to the music world.
The American blues musician’s success immediately started to grow into something big. Once the band’s name starting getting out there, they were quickly signed to a multi-album deal with Capricorn Records in the early 1970’s. Shortly after, the band released their first vinyl LP titled The James Montgomery Band – First Time Out.
With the album officially out, fans couldn’t get enough of it. Singles off the track soon started constantly broadcasting from popular Boston radio channels. When it came to performing, his energetic live energy on stage is what has helped his fan base continuously grow throughout the years. Since duo-in as the lead singer as well as the bandleader, the James Montgomery Blues Band essentially became a hotspot for other major musicians at the time. Therefore, as the bands success grew, so did their fame. The band started touring with major artists such as Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, the Allman Brothers Band, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and many more. Aside from touring, band members switched in and out from Wayne Kramer of MC-5, Jim McCarty of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Tom Gabel of Aerosmith, and many other acclaimed artists that couldn’t help but to get in a session with a blues legend.
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