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"Monteith deveolps song style that speaks to life on the road"

"Truck Stop Love Ballads" which he released on his own label earlier this year, seem to sum up his vision of what makes for good American Music. Just the title alone evokes this feeling of a place where art and middle America intersect. The songs themselves are honest, bittersweet tales of the road the skirt the gray space between Americana, aly-country and folk-rock... - Phillip Schwartz, Schenectady Gazette, April 25th, 2007


"...wry, literate songwriting..."

...wry, literate songwriting... - Citizens Voice, Wilkes Barre, PA


"Top Shows of 2002"

One of the top 10 shows of 2002 w/Hamel On Trial...
Greg Haymes - Albany Times Union


""...folkies drool... ""

The Ominous Seapods have closed up shop, leaving founding member Dana Monteith to fend for himself. This is not a problem. Monteith has more than enough material under his belt  He's also got the talent and the guitar chops to make solo folkies drool... Albany2go.com (Albany Times Union) Albany, NY - Albany2go.com


""folkadelic chrisma""

songs and stage brimming with folkadelic charisma... Richard Gehr - The Village Voice


"Gram Parsons' Tribute"

Dana Monteith assembled an impressive array of local music luminaries to honor Parsons music and remember the late Chris Ryan... Monteith joined by Cris Noel , movingly performed a couple of  Parsons’ signature tunes, “Hickory Wind” and  “Return of the Grievous Angel.”... Shawn Stone,  Metroland,  Albany, NY
- Metroland


""Dana Monteith continues to write some of the best songs in the genre...""

"Dana Monteith continues to write some of the best songs in the genre..." Barry Smolins, KPFK,  Los Angles, CA

 

 
- KPFK


""twang and integrity""

“His songs are rife with twang and integrity”...Ethan Covey, Seven Days, Burlington, VT - 7 Days


"Talking Songs with Dana Monteith"

When the Seapods disbanded in 2001,
Dana was left to pick up the pieces and do what he does best-write songs about the experience. And he knows how to write them: great lyrics about love loss and redemption, all set to the sound of passing highway signs and the wheels going 'round and 'round. He sings them with the sincerity that happens when you're on the edge of being drunk-a mixture of charm and sarcasm, with a glassy twinkle in the eye and genuine twang. - State of Mind, Mike McKinnley, May/June 2007


""An Alt-country torpedo...""

"An alt-country torpedo..." Arthur Gonick, Saratoga Orginal Music Showcase, Saratoga NY - Saratoga Orginal Music Showcase


Discography

"Truck Stop Love Ballads" Kitchen Table Recording Corporaton Of America/211 RPM 2007
www.cdbaby.com/cd/monteith
WAMC Northeast Public Radio "Performance Place"
KPFK-"The Music Never Stopped" LA
Desert Highway Radio-online
WFMU-NY/NY/NYC
XM Satellite radio
Sirius Satellite Radio
Soundtrack to the film "Cash Crop"

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Talking Songs with Dana Monteith
State of Mind, Mike McKinnley, May/June 2007
When the Seapods disbanded in 2001,
Dana was left to pick up the pieces and do what he does best-write songs about the experience. And he knows how to write them: great lyrics about love loss and redemption, all set to the sound of passing highway signs and the wheels going 'round and 'round. He sings them with the sincerity that happens when you're on the edge of being drunk-a mixture of charm and sarcasm, with a glassy twinkle in the eye and genuine twang.

Monteith deveolps song style that speaks to life on the road
Phillip Schwartz, Schenectady Gazette, April 25th, 2007
"Truck Stop Love Ballads" which he released on his own label earlier this year, seem to sum up his vision of what makes for good American Music. Just the title alone evokes this feeling of a place where art and middle America intersect. The songs themselves are honest, bittersweet tales of the road the skirt the gray space between Americana, aly-country and folk-rock...

"The Ominous Seapods have closed up shop, leaving founding member Dana Monteith to fend for himself. This is not a problem. Monteith has more than enough material under his belt. He's also got the talent and the guitar chops to make solo folkies drool..." Greg Haymes, Albany Times Union, Albany, NY

"He just has this beautiful sarcasm and honesty in his writing..." Mike McKinnley, State of Mind Music Magazine, Burlington VT.

"wry literate songwriting..." Citizens Voice, Wilkes Barre, PA

"twang and integrity..." Ethan Covey, 7 Days, Burlington, VT

"Dana Monteith assembled an impressive array of local music luminaries to honor Parsons music and remember the late Chris Ryan... Monteith joined by Cris Noel, movingly performed a couple of Parsons' signature tunes, "Hickory Wind and "Return of The Grievous Angel"... Shawn Stone, Metroland,
Albany, NY

"an alt country torpedo..." Arthur Gonick, Saratoga Original Music Showcase, Saratoga, NY

"modular country music at a value added price..." Monty Roberts, Rville, NY

"Dana Monteith continues to write some of the best songs on the genre..." Barry Smolins, The Music Never Stops, KPFK, Los Angeles

"Nice..good songs..." WFMU, NY/NJ

"Truck Stop Love Ballads"

Americana singer/songwriter Dana Monteith’s first solo CD, “Truck Stop Love Ballads” is “as honest of a recording as you are bound to come across in 2007. Truck Stop Love Ballads weave personal experience with emotion and engaging pop culture references that keep listeners coming back for more. To boot Dana displays on this album that he's a killer guitarist and has a unique voice that works perfectly for his special brand of music.

For the Love of Waffle House, the endless procession of the white lines on a billboard sky, years on the drunk and the pious clarity of sobriety and the release from said cause of clarity to a glorious stoned state. A life in constant motion, the hum of the highway, the bright city lights. All at once heartbreakingly sarcastic beautifully sad redemption. It's raining out but it always is unless it's not. Something is about to happen and I can't put my finger on it. Might as well sing some Truck Stop Love Ballads.

Dana Monteith was founder of the infamous psychedelic improvisational rock band Ominous Seapods. Dropping out of college to pursue music full-time, Dana toured North America in a van performing clubs, theaters and festivals. From the Wetlands in New York City to the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip, Dana and the Seapods tore up the highways and byways of America through-out the 90's leaving behind a legacy of 5 CD's, thousands of live recordings and countless fans. In the end the band imploded and after their final blow out down on the Baja Peninsula, Mexico the band flew home and called it a day. The Seapods were pioneers of their genre, and what set them apart from their peers was the gifted songwriting skills of the band. Dana was a major force in this process and the songs on Truck Stop Love Ballads represent his songwriting with raw honestly. This album is also about the do it yourself philosophy. Taking full advantage of the available technology, Dana set-up Kitchen Table Recording Corporation of America, a mobile recording facility to create all technical aspects of this album.

The Interview: By Monty Roberts

Monty Roberts: So Dana tell us about "Truck Stop Love Ballads". What is the story?

Dana Monteith: I was playing this solo gig in New York City at a club called Tobacco Road and my good friend Lynn Guppy said to me "dude, that's truck stop love ballads that your playing." Ten years spent living in a van must have come through. The phrase stuck and it has been a driving force ever since.

MR: Here is everyone's favorite question. So what does it sound like?

DM: The number one comment that I get regarding this question would be Neil Young, which I am honored to receive.

MR: So you