Kevin Montgomery: Some Comfort
Submitted by Don Graham
American troubadour Kevin Montgomery has finally released his long awaited CD, ‘Some Comfort’ and it was well worth the wait. The 10 song collection of original songs is definitely a high water mark for the Tennessee native. Recorded at 16 Ton Studios in Nashville and featuring some of the top musicians available, including Ken Coomer, the former drummer for Wilco, Danny White on bass, Shawn Byrne on guitar as well as Mike McAdam on slide guitar. Also contributing his skills is the legendary John Hobbs on keys, who’s intro to George Strait’s ‘Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind’ ranks up there with the best.
Kevin was born in Nashville and with his lineage it would be hard to see him doing anything else as a life’s work. His dad is Bob Montgomery, The Bob in Buddy and Bob of Buddy Holly’s youth who wrote classic country hits like ‘Back in Baby’s Arms’ for Patsy Cline and ‘Misty Blue’ for Dorothy Moore and countless numbers of other artists. His mom Carol was a Nashville session singer and sang background on ‘Suspicious Minds’ for the Presley kid and Robert Knight’s ‘Everlasting Love’ as well as many other hits. His dad would come home at night and play his day’s work for the family, including hits by Bobby Goldsboro, and get their critique. So Kevin learned the art of listening to songs and production at an early age.
Kevin moved to California where A&M released his debut CD, Fear Nothing, in 1994 to critical acclaim, and after a year or so he ended up back in Nashville. Kevin had a song recorded by Martina McBride 'I Won’t Close My Eyes' for her 1997 double-platinum selling album, Evolution. Later, Juice Newton covered Kevin’s song 'Red Blooded American Boy' (which she changed the gender on) for her 1999 release, American Girl. Kevin also sang backing vocals on Lee Ann Womack’s 'I Know Why The River Runs' for her platinum selling album, I Hope You Dance.
The title track ‘Some Comfort’, on the new CD is a haunting arrangement with a sparse production that adds to the emotion of the message. ‘Santa Monica Tan’ and ‘Motion Picture’ follow and are reminiscent of early Jackson Browne. 'I Will Love You Anyway' is pop influenced tune but still has the country edge with hooky lyrics and tight harmonies. 'Demons Down' is rocker that could have recorded by the Stones and Bo Diddley. 'Goosebumps' keeps the disc rocking! 'Breaking Me Down' is more of the California sound, that Montgomery does so well. 'Come On' has an almost Motown feel with B3, shuffle feel and the smooth vocal presentation. 'Fireworks' and 'The Greatest Love That Never Was' take us back to feel and texture of the title track and round off the album to a smooth finish.
Kevin Montgomery is currently living in England with his son but is the quintessential “air conditioned gypsy “ and tours constantly and consistently, embarking soon on his annual 50 States in Fifty Days tour.
To get your copy of Some Comfort go to Kevin’s website to order or keep your eyes and ears open for when he is coming to your town.
Finally, if you’re at all worried about the preservation of Americana and storytelling music you can take “some comfort” in knowing that Kevin Montgomery is breathing life into the art and will keep it alive and well.