I am pleased to announce several new events on my calendar including the start of the Songwriter Showcase at the Matchbox 2934 Southwest Boulevard in Kansas City. This will take place on Sunday afternoons -5pm to 8 starting April 5th. There will be a featured songwriter every week with a musical experiment afterwards. Bring your songs and instruments for an evening of music and fun. I will also be playing solo on alternating Saturdays at the Cashew at 20th and Grand in KC, MO. - 5pm to 9. This is a great venue, two floors with doors that open up to the downtown skyline. I have switched my regular 2nd Tuesday spot with guitarist Dan Bliss for the fourth Wednesdays now. I was happy to do this for Dan, as he and I have been friends for many years. If you haven’t seen Dan play yet catch him solo, or in a duet with Rod Fleeman. Wow! Heavy hitters, for sure!
In the next few days I will be launching a fundraising campaign to raise money for the purchase of new honeybees. Beekeepers both large and small are struggling with a 50% annual loss of livestock. Imagine this happening with any other livestock and you will see the problem for beekeepers. I hope to keep the bees alive for all the years that I can. You can help me do this by donating to my fundraiser. Thanks for your love and support. And thanks for making Kansas City a music town!
I'm honored to be playing bass with the Brian Ruskin Quartet. The bandmembers include Brian Ruskin on guitar, vocals & songwriting. Brians artistry with lyrics mirrors his musical brilliance. His dedication to the guitar proves itself in every performance.
Phil Wakefield on drums. Phil is a UMKC grad with years of experience, and plays with many of Kansas City's heavy hitters in jazz. Phil is also an accomplished pianist, steeped in the Kansas City Jazz tradition.
Caleb Aldrich on tenor and bari saxophone. A young man, but Caleb plays with musical experience from beyond his years. His soul runs deep, and his mastery is brilliant.
Bree Plaster is one funky woman! Bree's natural ability and relaxed groove make it possible for her to play any style of music, and she does just that with several bands in Kansas City.
My latest release “Easyville – American Stories” was recently reviewed by Michael Byars, music coordinator at KCUR 89.3fm in Kansas City:
“There couldn't be a better-titled album than "Easyvillle - American Stories", as Mark Montgomery offers eleven gentle tales of acoustic balladry that share the sounds of blues, folk, and country. At times wistful, other times jaunty, but always heartfelt, Montgomery delivers with vocals and arrangements that are smooth as the honey he sells on the side. Dust off the porch, chill a few beverages, invite some friends over, and let "Easyville - American Stories" be the soundtrack to shared good times.”
Hello Friends, Welcome to the website of Enneagram recording artist Mark Montgomery.
Mark plays a variety of instruments including bass, guitar, and harmonica.
One of Kansas City’s premier songwriters, Mark has produced two independent CD’s and has been a guest on numerous recordings by other artists. In 2009 Mark joined Enneagram Records and co-producedTown Topic with Max Berry. Later that year he and filmmaker Michael Loftus co-produced a music video the title track.
Mark and guitarist Max Berry formed a duo in 2008 to compete in the annual International Blues Competition in Memphis Tennessee. As finalists, they were sponsored by the Kansas City Blues Society in 2009 and 2010. While working some regular gigs in Kansas City,
Mark and Max look forward to recording new music and touring the U.S. and abroad in the next year.