with Uncle Lucius
“Monte took us on a sinuous melodic journey with so many flighty solos, delightful tonal inflection, and startling harmonics that the eyes struggled to keep up with what the ears were telling us. He simply made the guitar an extension of himself. Where poets use the cadence of language and where mime artists use the power of visual expression, Monte simply uses the full range of aural possibilities offered by his acoustic guitar. Monte Montgomery, remember the name, the acoustic guitar was never in more capable hands.”
Monte Montgomery has taken the acoustic guitar beyond anyone's expectations. With his amazing fretwork, unique combination finger and pick style playing through trailblazing "chordal" thoroughfares often baffling even the most accomplished players. While Monte remains a huge enigma in the guitar universe, his legendary reputation has spread like wildfire since he appeared on Austin City Limits. In 2004 Monte was named on Guitar Player Magazine's list of "Top 50 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time" and in 2005 he was featured the Covers of "Frets" and "Acoustic Guitar" magazines. Countless articles have been written about Monte describing him "The Evel Knivel of Guitar", "Six Strings Attached To Dynamite", "The Answer To The Fermi Paradox" and "The Acoustic Shred Master" just to name a few. Monte's fretwork has become the benchmark for acoustic guitar players. "An American Original", there is no doubt Monte Montgomery is destined to become An American Legend.
In spite of all the "six-string notoriety", and just in case you didn't "know-tice", Monte isn't just a "guitar hero", "shred master" or "guitar god" as he's most often described. No, actually Monte Montgomery is much more than just a world-class guitar virtuoso with more new tricks up his fret board than your average "guitar slinger". What sets Monte apart from all others is that he's one of the most accomplished songwriters of our time, a remarkable singer and an extraordinary music arranger. Many of Monte's fans attend his concerts simply to hear his compelling vocals as he delivers his finely penned songs powerfully and passionately. To some, his incredible guitar pyrotechnics are simply an addition of tasty icing topping off a delicious cake.
Winner of the 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 Austin Music Awards for BEST ACOUSTIC GUITARIST during SXSW (South by SouthWest) Music Conference. “This next award is for Best Acoustic Guitarist and should perhaps be permanently called ‘The Monte Montgomery Award’" Paul Ray, Master of Ceremonies, The Austin Music Awards (2004).