CD Review: Monte Montgomery — Monte Montgomery; Playing The Local May 22

CD Review: Monte Montgomery — Monte Montgomery; Playing The Local May 22

Monte Montgomery
Monte Montgomery
Eminent Records

By Al Kaufman

Monte Montgomery is an extraordinary guitarist. Of that there can be no doubt. One need just listen to his tremendous instrumental cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” to understand that. It is powerful enough to make a grown man weep.

Montgomery is also adept and writing his own rock/blues songs. “River,” a seven-plus minute epic that opens the CD, has a big, wide open sound full of turbulent weather imagery. It recalls early an early Chris Whitley both vocally and musically. “Moonlight Tango” is something Carlos Santana would be proud to call his own. And “Can’t Fool Everyone” is just pure thumping energy. Even when the songs are just average, such as on “Could’ve Loved You Forever,” he makes sure to add a solo that makes listening worth while. Read more about CD Review: Monte Montgomery — Monte Montgomery; Playing The Local May 22

CD Review: Jeff Beck — Emotion and Commotion

CD Review: Jeff Beck — Emotion and Commotion

Jeff Beck
Emotion and Commotion
Atco

By Al Kaufman

Jeff Beck loves and respects the guitar too much to just hack out albums when he does not feel inspired. While other guitar legends, such as Eric Clapton or B.B. King, are content to rehash old material or team up with upstarts to put out new product, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Beck just goes out and works on cars until inspiration strikes. Thus Emotion and Commotion comes seven years after Beck’s last studio album, Jeff. It is well worth the wait. Read more about CD Review: Jeff Beck — Emotion and Commotion

CD Review: Drive-By Truckers — The Big To-Do

CD Review: Drive-By Truckers — The Big To-Do

Drive-By Truckers

The Big To-Do

ATO Records

By Chris Homer

The Big To-Do, Drive-By Truckers’ 10th studio album and first for ATO records (out March 16), continues to add to the legacy of the Athens, Ga. southern rock mainstays. Like previous records, Patterson Hood crafts songs filled with desperation and outlaws that fans have come to love. Read more about CD Review: Drive-By Truckers — The Big To-Do