Memphis Americana stalwart Dan Montgomery releases his 6th full length album Smoke and Mirrors(a phonographic memory) this April.
A song cycle about an unlikely friendship/mentorship that takes in bank robbers, meat cutters, hard timers and a backdrop of a decade of methamphetamine. It’s also the most musically varied album of Dan’s catalog. From the Pych – Pop of “The Winter of the Summer of Super Freak” to the slinky New Orleans clarinet driven “Hard Time”, the Crazy Horse desert rock of “The Right Time “ into the STAX style rave up closer “Missed Him”. With plenty of meat and potatoes Rock and Roll woven through.
“The story, the concept is something I’ve worked on a long time” says Dan, “ but just as important a concept is Ten really great songs that can stand alone!”
Smoke and Mirrors is a vinyl only release and a limited run of only 300 copies. Hand numbered by the artist. A beautiful gatefold sleeve, lyric sheet and notes. It includes a download card that gives access to all the artwork, lyrics, etc as well as the album itself.
The first single is “The Winter of the Summer of Super Freak” the charging Mathew Sweet like opener. It sets the time and place of the story yet to come with overdriven ringing guitars, a heavenly choir of backing vocals and Dan’s unique story telling skills at their sharpest.
Recorded in Memphis, TN in drummer James Cunningham’s Shack in the Back studio where Dan’s last batch of records have been done, Smoke and Mirrors is mostly live on the floor takes with Dan’s core band (Dan – vocals, guitar Robert Mache – guitar, keyboards, vocals Candace Mache – vocals Tom Arndt – bass James Cunningham – drums, percussion – the same band that will join Dan for a run of East Coast shows in early June with more dates to come.). Several tracks were flavored with some of Memphis’ finest including horns by Jim Spake and Marc Franklin. The album was Produced by Robert Mache and James Cunningham based on a true story by Dan Montgomery.
Smoke and Mirrors(a phonographic memory) – Ten songs, one story, two views, no regrets.
(Fantastic Yes Records)
“…we reached this weird combinationof The Collins Kids and Foghat…which should not have worked but there you have it… It was an album full of surprises…”
Release date: May 26th 2017
Memphis Americana stalwart Dan Montgomery returns with his fifth full length album GONE. A raucous record of disorientation, lost love…and eventual acceptance…all with a walloping back beat ! “It’s really not about heartbreak or relationships so much as it’s about that moment when you look around and wonder…What the hell just happened…and where you go from there” says Montgomery “Luckily these are not all my stories!”
With the opening one – two salvo of “Gettin Up” and the title track it’s clear that this is no hum & strum sub Blood on the Tracks, GONE is the breakup album you can dance to.
Written and recorded with his Memphis based band (Robert Mache’ – guitar vocals Jeremy Scott – Bass James Cunningham – Drums and Candace Mache’ – vocals), the same band that played on 2014’s acclaimed Sin, Repent, Repeat. “I got my electric guitar out of hock” says Montgomery about the more rocking collection of songs on the new album. “Seriously” he continued, ” I write to my rhythm section more than anything else and James & Jeremy can bring the big beat . I brought a new song in every Monday and we’d bang it out a few times and sure enough we’d have a take. It was all very brash and immediate and that’s certainly reflected in the song selection.” While there are several drop dead gorgeous ballads like “What Am I Here For” and the closing “A Little Tear”(presented in it’s original demo form the day it was written), the meat of this album is in it’s rock and roll heart. “With the penultimate track “Gotta Go” we reached this weird combination of The Collins Kids and Foghat…which should not have worked but there you have it… It was an album full of surprises”
GONE was released on May 26th and was followed up with an east Coast tour starting June 8th and culminating in a Philadelphia Record Release Show at World Cafe Live. “Touring with the full band(plus special guests along the way) is my favorite thing to do ” says Montgomery ” and we’re really firing on all cylinders right now. There’s gonna be some barn burners on this tour for sure !”.
Dan Montgomery’s recently released Sin, Repent, Repeat shows the fourth time’s the charm. This crowning jewel puts him in full possession of his talents as a songwriter, singer and storyteller. Counterpunch writes, “Montgomery deserves to be considered with the best American singer-songwriters.”
Montgomery’s brand new 45 “Come in Here” released October 16 2016 on Platterhead Records.
A new album due in June 2017.
“If Charles Bukowski could carry a tune, he’d probably sound like Dan Montgomery.”
– Andria Lisle, Commercial Appeal
Rosetta, please(a love story) has charted at Number 5 on the Euro Americana Chart, Number 4 on The Miles of Music Best Seller List, Number 23 on The FAR Report
“Montgomery keeps it real – everything is framed in superbly crafted arrangements that dip into country, folk, even gospel – suffused with a deep soulfulness.”
– Philadelphia Inquirer