MEET…Kristian Montgomery

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
Grilled cheese and bacon

The Beatles or Elvis? Why?
Elvis was an amazing entertainer but he never changed his style. The Beatles were prolific and incorporated so many styles into their music and they reinvented themselves so many times.

Lyrics to live by?
Lover, you should have come over….Jeff Buckley

“Desert Island” album?
Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

What country music artists do you listen to the most?
Johnny Cash and Chris Whitley and Ashley Campbell these past few months.

How would you describe your “sound”?
I describe it as mine. Folks have a hard time putting me in a genre. I’ve been described as a sub genre. I love the sound of fifties hollow body guitar rock and the crunch of a les Paul through a Marshall amp. I like some I’ve always thought Dolly Parton should have done a album with Alice in chains after Layne died. She has the perfect voice for that project.

Where do you see your musical career in 5 years?
I am hoping I get picked up by a record label that thinks my music is as important as I do and I hope to be touring non stop..I belong on the road because I’m the last of the real highway men.

Are there any instruments you don’t play but wish you did? Why?
Harmonica, I’ve always used a lot of energy with my vocal performances and found that harmonica was a difficult thing to play in between melody lines.

What was the best advice you have received?
My grandfather said, son we aren’t rich and you got to be 3 times as good as the guy with more resources to even have a shot in this life.

What advice would you give to yourself at the start of your musical career?
Don’t take your talent for granted because talent doesn’t always equal success. Being a blue collar guy I’ve watched the less talented get to the top because they knew someone who could help while I was being a cocky prick.

Where does most of your inspiration come from?
My life, Its been said I make Hemmingway look like a cubscout. For a poor kid I’ve travel the world on a laborers budget. I’ve been to Nicaragua and sat in the streets with a AK 47 and busked my way through Scandinavia. I’ve found family in Alaska (a native American half brother from my dads 1st marriage) and my family in Copenhagen. I have followed my heart to the 4 corners of the earth.

What do you consider to be your biggest achievement in your career so far?
The songs I wrote for my daughter Madeline (she said bird) and the song for my daughter who I didn’t know existed until she was 16, Taylor (I once knew a girl). I love my girls and they are my reason I push so hard to make it in this evil business of rock n roll.

What’s on the horizon for you that you would like to share?
I have a new album “Prince of Poverty” coming out soon. Not sure exactly when but its being mixed as we speak. 10 songs to follow up my previous album “The Gravel Church”. I’ll hopefully find my band and be able to get out and play.

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