Nashville star keeps it in the fam­ily

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NASHVILLE singer Kevin Mont­gomery has worked with some of Amer­ica’s top artists. Mont­gomery has played along­side David Crosby, Sh­eryl Crow and Mary Chapin Car­pen­ter. And North-east fans have a rare op­por­tu­nity to see him in an in­ti­mate show at the Tul­ly­nessle Vil­lage Hall near Al­ford to­mor­row. Mont­gomery comes from a strong mu­si­cal tra­di­tion, with both his mother and fa­ther in­flu­en­tial in the sem­i­nal years of rock n’ roll. His fa­ther Bob was a song­writ­ing part­ner of Buddy Holly and mother Carol sang back­ing vo­cals on Elvis Pres­ley’s hit Sus­pi­cious Minds. He said: “Many evenings my dad would come home with records he was in the midst of pro­duc­ing. “He would put our big stereo on full blast and we would lis­ten to what he had done that day. “From a very early age I was pick­ing records apart, try­ing to iden­tify the dif­fer­ent in­stru­ments.” Mont­gomery re­leased his de­but al­bum Fear Noth­ing in 1994 to crit­i­cal ac­claim. He re­cently com­pleted a mam­moth tour of Amer­ica that took in 50 states in only 50 days. Mont­gomery’s heart­felt song­writ­ing and emo­tive lyrics have drawn com­par­isons with Gram Parsons and Roger McGuinn. “My par­ents never pushed me to be­come a mu­si­cian,” he said. “It just hap­pened nat­u­rally.”

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