Last night at The Trails End Saloon was one of the most satisfying guest jams yet. Singer/songwriter/guitarist, Joe McMurrian, is an amazing musician! It also doesn’t hurt to have John Mazzocco and Edwin Coleman III as your rhythm section! Wow! We sounded like a finely tuned machine and not guys playing songs for the first time. What great listeners! If you haven’t made it out to the Trails End for our Wednesday featured artist jam, well, make it a plan! See you there!
I’m sitting here in my office with Kelly Asay doing some updates on the Big Monti website. He’s doing the work and I’m doing the distracting! What I know about reading code and modifying code could fill a small shot glass. “Hey Kelly, look at this video of Eric Gales playing ‘Little Wing.’ Is that the shit or what?!!” “Hey Kelly, look at this video of BB King at Sing Sing Prison! He’s at the top of his game here…” “Hey Kelly, ever listen to Jeff Beck at Ronnie Scott’s? Oh, my god, Tal Wilkenfeld is hot!” Hmmm… I think I’m being ignored. Oh but hey! The website is up and running! Check it out!
His name is Monti Amundson but most people call him Big Monti. Not just because of the man’s physical appearance, but also because of his obvious talent and sheer presence. When Big Monti takes the stage, it’s clear that there’s more going on than the usual extended guitar solos – the man plays and sings larger than life.
When Monti gets compared to Stevie Ray Vaughan or Johnny Winter he just says “thank you.” The fact is, the big man has his own style. “I’m a blues guitar player in a band that plays rock n’ roll,” is how Monti explains it. He doesn’t so much as straddle the line between the genres as bend it, ignore it, or race back and forth across it until both sides go up in flames. The blues of Big Monti comes straight from the heart, cuts through your soul and is as real as it gets.