EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: James Montgomery
When blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he “brings it on home”. Whether it’s recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his hot band of forty plus years, Montgomery plays with authority. While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the masters – James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells. Over the years, he’s carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene. In 1970, while attending Boston University, Montgomery formed the James Montgomery Band. Within two years, the James Montgomery band was among the hottest acts in Boston along with J. Geils and Aerosmith, and they were quickly signed to a multi-album deal with Capricorn Records.
Montgomery has toured with many major artists, including Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, the Allman Brothers, Steve Miller and others. He has jammed on stage with B.B.King, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Jr. Wells, James Cotton, Charlie Daniels, Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allman, Laverne Baker, Patti LaBelle, among others, including an impromptu session with Mick Jagger at New York’s “Trax”.
Over the years Montgomery has been nominated for a BMA (Blues Foundation) award as well as being on the Grammy nominating ballot, and on a Grammy nominated CD he recorded with Johnny Winter.
Montgomery is well known for putting together “SUPERGROUPS”, usually for charity, that have featured the best artists in the business including Steven Tyler, Aerosmith members, Huey Lewis, Alice Cooper, former members of Boston, Skunk Baxter from the Doobie Bros. and Steely Dan, Jim Belushi, Chili Pepper member Chad Smith, The Uptown Horns, Grace Kelly, Trombone Shorty, and many others.
He does many charity events each year especially to provide free health care for blues musicians and to support Veterans groups throughout the country. He is currently co-producing two documentaries: America You Kill Me, about Jeffrey Montgomery his brother and activist hero in the LGBTQ community and BONNIE BLUE: JAMES COTTON’S LIFE IN THE BLUES.