Hello and best wishes.
The past few seasons have brought me a great deal of joy. I've been fortunate in the music business to meet a number of fans. I am honored when a KKFI listener makes a connection with me. Thanks to KKFI 90.1 FM in Kansas City. Listen live now, from anywhere in the world at www.kkfi.org. KKFI is a community radio station that remains true to Kansas City by featuring local Blues and Jazz artists in their programming. DJ's at KKFI are volunteers, true to their roots.
Please note that I play every 2nd Tuesday of every month at JazzMidtown in Kansas City, Missouri. Thanks to the owners and staff at "Jazz" for hosting live music seven nights per week in Kansas City! And I am also happy to be playing bass gigs with the Brian Ruskin Quartet.
Thanks fo you for your interest in live music. Click the "Calendar" link for my performance schedule.
"June 2014 Easyfest" was a great success! The musical lineup included Kevin & Mary Corbett & Friends, Nathan Brice Trio from Springfield, MO, Karen Baum & Crosseyed Cat - Wow what a show! And Denny Osburn sitting in with me and the Brian Ruskin Quartet. Thanks to the Kansas City Blues Sistas for their support and friendship. Thanks to Bruce and Susie Hibbs for their generous sponsorship. And thanks to the musicians for bringing their artistic passion to Pulaskifield!
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.