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Grammy-nominated Monte Montgomery will bring his electrified acoustic guitar to Lakeland College on Friday, Oct. 16, as part of the college's Krueger Fine Arts Series.
Montgomery, named one of the "Top 50 All-Time Greatest Guitar Players" by Guitar Player Magazine, will perform in the Bradley Fine Arts Building theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for non-Lakeland students and can be reserved by contacting Deb Fale (920) 565-1536.
When Terry Lickona, producer of Austin City Limits, plucked a then relatively unknown Monte Montgomery to tape a segment of the legendary show, one had the sense that this was just the beginning.
Since that jaw dropping performance, Montgomery has embarked on an almost fantasy-like rock and roll roller coaster ride filled with dizzying accomplishments and mind blowing accolades.
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," Montgomery said. "I strive to have more depth, to be more layered as an artist, songwriter and singer."
With the release of his latest CD "Monte Montgomery," he is cementing his place as not just some blazingly acoustic guitar playing freak of nature, but also a rare and true triple threat: songwriter, singer and master musician.
His version of the Jimi Hendrix classic "Little Wing" off his self-titled release has made it into the first round of Grammy voting under the "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" category. It's the first time Montgomery has recorded the classic rock staple after years of playing it live.
"I never play it the same way twice," Montgomery said. "So when making this record we planned for 'Little Wing' to be the last thing we attempted to track every night in the studio, and if we get it, we get it. If not, we would just leave it to the live performances. On the second night, after a long day in the studio, the track we got was like, wow. We knew it was magic."
Long a big draw on the live music scene, Montgomery's non-stop touring schedule this year has included ParkPop (one of the largest music festivals in Europe). Fans and critics have likened a Monte Montgomery show to a musical religious experience.
Ironically, it's the cover of another rock pop classic that is bringing Montgomery a high profile fan following and opening up new doors. After seeing his 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.
For more information about Monte Montgomery, visit his website at: www.montemontgomery.net