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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'The James Montgomery Blues Band'
Artist - The James Montgomery Blues Band

For those not in the know - which is perfectly fine, because I love the blues with a passion, and yet had no idea of this artist, or his band before the CD arrived here for review - James Montgomery is an American blues musician, best known as the lead singer, blues harp player, frontman, and bandleader of The James Montgomery Blues Band (a.k.a. The James Montgomery Band).

Montgomery, who has collaborated with en masse of other star performers and recording artists through the ages, and who is also the past President of The New England Blues Society, has now brought out a brand new self-titled album via Cleopatra Records, The James Montgomery Blues Band.

1. "One More Heartache"
2. "Born In Chicago"
3. "Blues With A Feeling"
4. "Young Woman’s Love"
5. "Mary, Mary"
6. "I Got A Mind To Give Up Living"
7. "Shake Your Moneymaker"
8. "Good Question"
9. "One Plus One"
10. "Mystery Train"

A Detroit, MI native, Montgomery grew up in Michigan where his father, John Montgomery, worked for Chrysler as a public relations executive. His brother, John Montgomery, also worked in the music industry before becoming an entrepreneur in the Metro Detroit area. His younger brother, Jeffrey Montgomery, is a LGBT activist primarily known for being the founding executive director of Triangle Foundation (today Equality Michigan).

Here on his brand new CD, James Montgomery Blues Band, the vocalist/harpist Montgomery pays homage to one of his heroes, the legendary Paul Butterfield, on this incredible album of soulful blues! Featuring hot takes on classics originally performed by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, including "Born In Chicago," "Blues With A Feeling," and "I Got A Mind To Give Up Living", Montgomery also adds some smoking hot original tracks of his own into the mix.

Including special guest appearances by Paul Butterfield keyboardist Mark Naftalin and up-and-coming jazz saxophonist Grace Kelly, The James Montgomery Blues Band is a CD well worth your monetary investment, of that have no doubt. From the frenetic opening track, "One More Heartache" to the slowburn of "Born in Chicago", to the slow, harmonica-driven rock of "Mary, Mary" on through to the speeding train "Shake Your Moneymaker" and the funky finale track "Mystery Train", everything about this album is genuine blues to the core.