Stafford Springs Blues Festival ~ Palace & Hyde Park Shows
75 Main St.
Stafford Springs, CT, 06076
Watch & Listen
The James Montgomery Blues Band new CD will FINALLY be finished in November. There's talk that the long awaited CD "From Detroit To The Delta" may be nominated for a Grammy. The CD has many guest musicians including members of Aerosmith, Johnny Winter, James Cotton, DMC from the band Run DMC and others. The CD will be officially released after the 1st of the year, sometime before this show.
The James Montgomery Band is currently going through one of it's best periods ever. In the past two years Steven Tyler, Huey Lewis, Jim Belushi, Honey Boy Edwards, Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford from Aerosmith, Jay Geils, Billy Squier, James Cotton, the Uptown Horns, Kim Wilson, Barry Goodreau formerly of Boston, Johnny A, Grace Kelly, Duke Robillard, and Matt Kelly from the Dropkick Murphys are just a few of the artists who have performed on stage with the James Montgomery Band. Also in the past two years the band has been invited by Morgan Freeman to be his guests in Clarksdale at Ground Zero. James was featured in a movie with Morgan Freeman and Willie Nelson called “Delta Rising”. It was these trips to Mississippi that inspired the new CD. The band has been working on a brand new live show that features new songs from the CD as well as other originals one of which was co-written with Grace Kelly the 19 year old sax phenom who has performed with Wynton Marsalis. Also in the new show are some of the most requested songs over the years including the very popular "Train" piece that was once number one on WBCN. The VERY HOT band includes David Hull on bass who plays with the Joe Perry Project and has been a member of the Buddy Miles Band and a member of Aerosmith in the years 2006 and 2009. Playing guitar is George "Best in the Business" McCann who has played with the Blues Brothers and Steven Tyler's solo band. Rounding out the line-up is Seth Pappas who is the band's anchor and has toured with legend John Lincoln Wright and Soul great Barrence Whitfield.
"He's the John Mayall of New England" - Peter Wolf
This queen of blue-eyed rock n' soul grew up loving equally the sweetness of a Memphis horn line and the raunch of an electric guitar riff, whether played by Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, or Pop Staples. Teased her blonde hair into a beehive in honor of Ronnie Spector and never looked back, picking up a guitar and forging a career as a songwriter in the process. She's the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band, who sang at SNL's 25th Anniversary telecast, Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary bash at The Garden (with George Harrison, Chrissie Hynde, and others), the 2009 Obama Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C., The Lincoln Center "American Songbook" series with Sting, Lou Reed and Van Dyke Parks, and the Central Park Summerstage Tribute To Janis Joplin (fronting both Big Brother & The Holding Company and the Kozmic Blues Band); appears on Grammy nominees A Tribute To Howlin' Wolf (with Taj Mahal and Lucinda Williams) and Charlie Musselwhite's One Night In America (with Marty Stuart); sings the theme song for NBC's 30 Rock; worked on a musical with the late Cy Coleman (who compared her sense of timing to Peggy Lee's); duets live whenever possible with blues giants Eddie Kirkland and Hubert Sumlin as well as with the aforementioned Miss Spector, Americana stalwart Paul Thorn and New Orleans legends The Subdudes (she joins The 'Dudes, BB King, Irma Thomas, Richard Thompson and others on Get You A Healin' to benefit the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and guested during the 2010 Jazz & Heritage Fest's "Down On The Bayou II" with Widespread Panic's JoJo Hermann, again to benefit The Clinic); collaborated on critically-acclaimed tracks with Marshall Crenshaw (Labour Of Love: The Music of Nick Lowe), Big Al Anderson (Pawn Shop Guitars), and Ian Hunter (Shrunken Heads); edited legendary Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham's autobiography 2Stoned and is a cover-story-writing contributor to Elmore Magazine; and worked with Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder & others on the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Awards--all the while continuing to torch clubs up and down the Eastern Seaboard in support of her recordings (Strip, The Hard Way, Radio Queen, Wicked Time, 2008 career retrospective Re-Hive, and 2010's The Deep End, her first CD of original material in five years, featuring special guests/duet partners Ian Hunter, Dion DiMucci, and Marshall Crenshaw, plus Levon Helm, GE Smith, Andy York, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, Catherine Russell, Big Al Anderson, and others) with her band Rebel Montez (Michael Colbath-bass; Cliff Goodwin-guitar; Larry Donahue-drums). "I've come here tonight to set your souls on fire," she'll tell an audience. And she will.