James Montgomery

The blues singer/harpist has been dubbed “The John Mayall of New England” by no less an authority than Peter Wolf. Montgomery has been a Bay State blues machine since 1970, when he formed his first band while a student at Boston University. He’s recorded half a dozen albums on his own — including 1973’s First Time Out and ’74’s High Roller — and recorded with the likes of Gregg Allman and Kid Rock. When he’s not fronting his own ensemble these days, Montgomery is a vocalist/harmonica player in Johnny Winter’s band. A riveting live performer, the Detroit native’s impressive list of band alumni over the years includes Jim McCarty (Detroit Wheels), Wayne Kramer (MC5) and Jeff Golub (Rod Stewart). Still active on the scene, Montgomery has also worked extensively with the New England Blues Society. In 2008, he and Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer teamed up to form the Kramer Montgomery Blues Explosion; in 2009, he backed American Idol competitor (and daughter of Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown) Ayla Brown on her album Ayla Brown Live!
(by Dean Johnson)

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