dan montgomery

dan montgomery

 Memphis, Tennessee, USA

"If Charles Bukowski could have carried a tune, he might have sounded like Dan Montgomery. In lesser hands, such desperation might overwhelm, but Montgomery guides his listeners with freedom and wit." - Andria Lisle, Memphis Flyer


Connecting The Dots
Dan Montgomery was born in Philadelphia, grew up in South Jersey and now lives in Memphis, Tennessee. That's the short version. Let's connect the dots.

Learning to play his brother's guitar on the sly, Dan played in a bunch of teen garage bands including Samuel Jay (Bad Company a specialty) and the 10 piece R&B based Below Average White Band(They played Heatwave three times each set, not that anyone asked them to) around Pennsauken, NJ. In his late teens Dan began playing at Camden, NJ's semi-legendary club The Perimeter. It was a great place to play. People sat quietly and listened says Montgomery "It gave me a totally false sense of what to expect elsewhere".

A few years later Dan spent time as soundman and road manager for The Ben Vaughn Combo. It was an amazing adventure touring the country for five years, learning how it all worked (and sometimes how it didn't work), how to structure shows yet still be able to be spontaneous in the moment, how to live on $5/day and still really enjoy it! Dan also fronted several bands in Philly, most notably the Flamin' Groovies/MC5 inspired Drugs Before Breakfast and Pub Rockers Del Pez. The latter band released a single on the King of Rock label entitled Hope I Had a Good Time.

Personal and musical unrest led to an ill-fated move to the California desert. The isolation brought him back to his Perimeter roots style and a solo career was born. The huge upshot of this move was a visit to Memphis along the way out west where Dan met his now bride. Cali tanked and going back to Jersey was a backwards step, so I came to Memphis for a summer and have been here several years now. I've planted my seeds here and I cant imagine living anywhere else now.

In 2003 Dan released his first solo album entitled Man From Out of State. An acoustic based travelogue that looks back at ten years, Three Thousand Miles and Almost as many sleepless nights. Reviews were excellent especially in Europe and Dan hit the road often with accordionist Gus Cordovox and bassist Neal Arot (the core players on the record). Dan followed the album up with the highly ambitious concept album Rosetta, please(a love story). Rosetta was the story of a guy Dan met many years ago in a N.J. bar who was an ex con and his girlfriend (Rosetta) a prostitute. The album was a bigger hit and even made several year end Best Of lists(including The Philadelphia Inquirer and North Carolinas Independent). The key song Favorite Color even went to number two on radio in Corpus Christi, TX. Americana bible No Depression called it An Astonishing Album! Much touring with the band on the record (The Professional Baddasses) followed.

Now Dan gets ready to release his latest and greatest work yet; You'll Never Be A Bird. A twelve song piece of what Dan calls Omni folk. A sprawling record that runs the gamut from lilting ballads to outright heavy rockers, Bird features the amazing musicianship of Robert Mache(Steve Wynn, Continental Drifters, The Mumps) on guitar and mandolin among others. I've worked long and hard on this album says Montgomery, Going so far as to scrap two previous attempts because they just weren't up to par. But now we've got it and I can't wait for other people to hear it!

Certainly much touring will follow it's release. From smokey corner bars to intimate listening rooms, house concerts to concert halls, solo or with his full band, Dan Montgomery proves night after night that he's a compelling and entertaining performer. It's all about making a connection says Dan, and you have to prove yourself every night.


Favorite Color

Written By: Dan Montgomery

Baby baby, where you going tonight x2
You know what you're doin just ain't right

Baby baby, when you coming home
Baby baby, are you coming home
You know I'll be here all alone

Did you know my favorite color's blue x2
It's been that way since I met you

Baby baby, are you goin downtown x2
I can see by that dress just where you're bound
Baby's gone to meet her sugarman x2
She'll get that money anyway she can


Baby come home, all sad & high x2
And I know better than to ask her why




Room 104(Fantastic Yes)
Man From Out Of State(Fantastic Yes)
Rosetta, please(a love story) (Makeshift Music)
You'll Never Be A Bird(Fantastic Yes)
Live in Philadelphia - Limited Edition(Fantastic Yes)
Soundtracks & Compilations:

Hit The Hay Vol.8(Sound Asleep)
Wasteland of the Free(Revolution Records)
Away(a)wake - Soundtrack(Sawed Off Pictures)
Good Pickins (Memphis Homegrown)

Set List

Our set lists can be a short as a half an hour and as long as two 90 minute sets plus a solo set as well. Whatever is required.