So, on a Sunday evening walk at dusk when I ran into Don Henry. An old friend and one of my favorite humans. Supremely talented. I asked Dad one time how long a publisher should keep a songwriter if they were “in the hole”……..he replied, “well, with someone like Don Henry you keep them forever, because one day their going to write a smash and you will recoup your investment”…………..Don wrote Grammy Award winning “Where’ve you Been” by Kathy Matthea, and many others. Dad believed in him enough to sign him to Epic Records in the 90′s.
So, after the hugs…….he said, “hey man, what are you doing on July 25th? Can you play the Bluebird with me, Kim Richey, and Bill Lloyd?”…………HECK YES!
The Bluebird is mostly sold out these days……….so, this is tip off. Get your tickets now! This is a dream bill for me. I’m a fan of everyone on the bill.
Foster and Lloyd’s “Texas in 1880″……love it……was the soundtrack for my move to Hollywood when I was 22. Kim Richey………I know the harmonies. Cannot wait.
I hope to see you there.

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Bob Montgomery-songwriter, producer, publisherFinding the words is hard……..especially when it is so new. I loved Dad very much, and it has been a difficult thing to see him pass on to the next journey. I’ll miss him. I’m fairly good with putting words to music……………but the words fail me. Luckily, my sister, Echo Montgomery Garrett, is a professional.
She has written our father’s official obituary…….and it is beautiful. For now……I will leave you with her loving tribute to our father…….as I make the journey with my boy for one last send off.
Here it is:
Music legend songwriter, producer and publisher Bob Montgomery passed away on December 4, 2014, after a struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Born in Lampasas, Texas, on May 12, 1937, Bobby LaRoy Montgomery moved to Lubbock at age 12 and became best friends with Buddy Holly, whose aunt taught them both how to play the guitar. As teens Holly and Montgomery formed a rockabilly duo called Buddy and Bob. In 1954, Elvis Presley gave two concerts in town, and the duo opened for him. When Decca Records expressed interest solely in Buddy Holly as a singer, Montgomery encouraged his friend to take the opportunity. Montgomery then concentrated on songwriting and wrote “Heartbeat,” “Love’s Made a Fool of You,” and “Wishing” for Holly and the Crickets.
In 1959, Montgomery moved to Nashville, so he could pursue a music career. He happened to rent an apartment next door to Patsy Cline, who recorded his song “Back in Baby’s Arms,” and he was signed as a writer to Acuff Rose. In 1965 Eddy Arnold had a country hit with his song “Misty Blue.” Montgomery’s songs were recorded by Roy Orbison, Cliff Richards, Herman’s Hermits and many more.
In 1968 as the A&R man for United Artists on Nashville’s famed Music Row, he produced Bobby Goldsboro’s international hit “Honey,” which sold 8 million records, along with several other crossover #1 hits on pop, adult contemporary and country charts. Montgomery served as musical director on Goldsboro’s musical variety show.
In the late 1960s, Montgomery started House of Gold Music, and in 1972 quit his A&R position to concentrate full-time on his fledgling music publishing company, working from an office in his garage. That year the company scored a major hit with its first staff writer Kenny O’Dell’s “Behind Closed Doors,” recorded by Charlie Rich. “Behind Closed Doors” earned awards for Song of the Year and Single of the Year from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM). It topped the country charts for 20 straight weeks and also was a pop crossover hit. In 2003, Country Music Television (CMT) named it #9 on its list of Top 100 Greatest Country Music Songs of All Time.
House of Gold Music became known as a hotbed of creativity for songwriters with Montgomery nurturing and advising the talented staff writers he signed. By the mid-1970s, House of Gold had moved to Music Row and over the next several years scored hits with more than 100 artists including Alabama, Dolly Parton, Dottie West, Kenny Rogers, The Judds and Juice Newton. The catalogue included the international hit “The Wind Beneath My Wings.” Montgomery had produced the demo that Gladys Knight’s producer loved so much that he used Montgomery’s tracks for Knight’s recording of the song.
In the early 1970s, Montgomery became part owner of The Sound Shop where Paul McCartney recorded Wings’ “Down on the Farm.” In 1980, McCartney invited Montgomery to his annual celebration of Buddy Holly’s life, and Montgomery performed “Heartbeat” on stage in London backed by McCartney.
In 1976 Dorothy Moore had an international hit with “Misty Blue,” which won the Robert J. Burton Award for the “Most Performed Song of the Year” and sold 4 million copies. That year Montgomery was up against Stevie Wonder for a Grammy for R&B Song of the Year. “Misty Blue” is taught as an example of the perfect R&B song at the Berklee College of Music.
From 1967 through the remainder of his music career, Montgomery produced chart-busting records on numerous artists, including Austin Roberts, Lobo, Marty Robbins, Razzy Bailey, Janie Fricke, Eddy Arnold, Waylon Jennings, Joe Diffie, Vern Gosdin, Shelby Lynne, and many others. He was recognized in the industry for his knack for choosing hits for his artists and his ear for a great story song. In 1988 Vern Gosdin’s “Chiseled in Stone” won the CMA Song of the Year and in 2003 CMT named it #70 on the list of biggest country songs of all time.
He sold House of Gold Music in 1983 to Warner Brothers and joined that company as a vice president. In 1986, Tree Publishing named him the director of creative services, and two years later he became vice president of A&R for CBS Records where he signed Collin Raye, Joe Diffie, Linda Davis and Doug Stone, among others.
Montgomery, who never learned to read music, has left behind a massive body of work that spans six decades and influenced generations across genres. Known as a prankster, the proud Texan loved hunting, fishing, playing dominoes, gardening, and telling jokes. In 1996 he was inducted into the West Texas Hall of Fame. He loved going back to the Hill Country in Texas, especially during blue bonnet season. When wife Cathy told her husband that he’d be buried near Marty Robbins, one of his favorite artists who he produced, he replied, “You got me in a good neighborhood.”
Bob Montgomery is survived by his wife Cathy Hammond Montgomery, his children (by first wife Carol Cox Montgomery): Echo Montgomery Garrett; DeeDee Montgomery Cooley; and Kevin Montgomery; and sons-in-law Kevin Garrett and Mark Cooley. In addition, Montgomery leaves behind grandsons Caleb and Connor Garrett; Dillon, Chase and Declan Cooley; and Beau Montgomery. Montgomery was preceded in death by infant granddaughter Ava Montgomery, and his parents Royce Marshall “Cotton” Montgomery and Dorothy Dimple Sewell Montgomery Upton and stepfather A.O. Upton. Additional survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.
The visitation is scheduled for Monday, December 8, 2014, 5-8 pm at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Nashville, Tennessee. The funeral, which will be a celebration of Montgomery’s life and career, will take place at 2 pm – his favorite session time — at Woodlawn on December 9.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in his memory to the W.O. Smith Music School (http://www.wosmith.org/) in Nashville, a long-time favorite charity of Montgomery and wife Cathy that serves impoverished children with a talent for music, or to the National Parkinson Foundation (Parkinson.org).

I’ll leave you with this……..”the whole world turned misty blue”………..

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A rare house concert in Nashville area this Friday, Aug. 1st-Join us.

July 30, 2014

I’ll be in Nashville are this Friday for a house concert. Sammy Barrett will be singing with me……she sang on “Fireworks”……it is in a private home, but you are invited. Space is limited so reserve your spot now! House concerts are awesome. Kids are free and welcome if they can shut up during the performance. […]

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Urgent call-Help save RCA Studio A-The Abbey Road of Nashville. Join us!

June 27, 2014

UPDATE–as we had hoped……the studio has been saved by conservationist Aubrey Preston!!!! Great work Nashville!!!!! Imagine Memphis without Graceland, or Sun Studios……or Abbey Road being leveled to build a Starbucks or a high rise condominium. This is what is happening right now to Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A. RCA Studio A was literally the epicenter […]

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The most brilliant live performer you may have never heard of-Peter Himmelman.

December 17, 2013

In 1994, I toured 70 US cities with Peter Himmelman. He is the most brilliant live performer I’ve ever seen. He has the quick wit and spontaneity of Robin Williams, and his music has strains of Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan. He’s also Bob Dylan’s son-in-law, but that has no real consequence in […]

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A pajama-wearing, Santa hat-wearing, wine sipping, live webcast from my dining room-happening now! Join us.

December 8, 2013

I’m live webcasting from my dining room tonight at 9:35pm (sunday)……….which is at the time of this writing in 25 minutes. This will be a pajama-wearing, Santa hat-wearing, wine sipping, laidback webcast. I’ll sing some old songs, some new ones, and we can chat. I highly recommend you getting into the chat room. It can […]

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Help me give some wings to Some Comfort-Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

December 7, 2013

Today, I finally pushed the button on a crowd-funding campaign with Indiegogo.com to help put “Some Comfort” out into the world. For years since I left A&M Records I’ve released cds independently and have never properly put them out……..other than out of the back of my truck…….so, today, I’m trying to change that. “Some Comfort” […]

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Broadcasting live with the Endangered Livers from Scott’s living room in Liverpool. Join us.

May 8, 2013

The UK/Netherlands tour rolls on. I haven’t done a live webcast in awhile and thought that tomorrow night (Thursday, May 9th) in Liverpool would be a perfect opportunity to introduce you guys to the Endangered Livers. So, we’ll live webcast from Scott’s living room in Liverpool tomorrow night at 8pm London time. We’ll play a […]

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I’m inspired. Come join us on the remaining UK/Netherlands tour dates! I’m loving the steel guitar/lap steel…………

May 7, 2013

I’m two shows into the UK tour with the new band. I have to say that I haven’t been this excited about making music in a long time. I think every artist goes through periods where they are going through the motions……surviving. After the experience in Bristol and Weedon Lois……I believe this is going to […]

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“Another Long Story”…..still being written. I got nostalgic, made a video, and am giving you a free download.

April 9, 2013

I got a little nostalgic today. I was at a coffee shop trying to figure out what I could give you guys as a thank you for supporting my endeavors…..be it the 50 States in 50 Days tours, the UK/Europe tours, or funding the last cd……….and I came across a recording we did live at […]

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“She Don’t Wake Me Up”-my tip of the hat to Jackson Browne, and Kinross/Glasgow shows

April 8, 2013

Today, I had a rambling conversation with my friends on Facebook about Jackson Browne’s “Late for the Sky”………about 80 comments flew back and forth. I’m a huge JB fan, and I share that love with many of my friends. My old pal Scott Saunders mentioned “She Don’t Wake Me Up” during those interchanges, and I […]

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The April/May US/UK/Netherlands tour dates announced-yes, that is a steel guitar you see……………..

March 29, 2013

Hey ya’ll………i’m back on the road in April/May with a house concert in Nashville, and tour in the UK and The Netherlands. The beautiful and talented Andrea Zonn will be playing violin and singing with me in Nashville, and tour in the UK/Netherlands will feature my new band along with Sean Snook, veteran of two […]

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Chania, Crete. One of my favorite spots in the world. Come join us for Songs in the Sun 2013.

January 28, 2013

I’ve said it many times……Crete is one of my favorite spots in the world. Come join us for a week of sun, great food, good music, and companionship in Crete. On Friday, June 28th and Saturday, June 29th i’ll do a “house concert” poolside at the villas. I go there every year. Incredible place. Get […]

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Saturday night. Scotland. Kevin Montgomery and the Endangered Livers. Seems like a plan. May 11th, 2012

January 23, 2013

I’ll be playing the Backstage at the Green Hotel on May 11th with the band. It’s a great hotel……with great food. The show falls on a Saturday night, too, So if you in the mood for some music on a Saturday night in Scotland……come join us. The tickets are on sale now. Buy Your Tickets […]

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First three UK dates announced. Get your tickets early!

January 15, 2013

The UK/Europe tour in May is shaping up. Today I booked Bristol, Glasgow, and Silsoe. Tickets are on sale. If you’d like to host a house concert on this tour, or host us in your village hall, then please email me. Tickets are on sale now: Friday, May 3rd-Bristol, England-Polish Club-Buy Tickets Now Sunday, May […]

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I’m giving you “Fear Nothing” for Christmas. Come and get it.

December 12, 2012

In 1991, when I was 22, I put everything I owned into the back of my pickup truck and moved to Hollywood. My one goal was to get a record deal. For a year I did every open mic until i’d built up a phone list of folks who had made the effort to say […]

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I don’t think I would make a very good Mall Santa. A deal on the cds prevents?

December 10, 2012

We are 15 days from Christmas Day…….I’ve got copies of “Some Comfort” and “True”………..that would make perfect stocking stuffers, and if you order in the next few days i’ll pop in a 10 song cd of live unreleased tracks for free. This could prevent me from having to get a job as a Mall Santa………see […]

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Emerging after the 50 States in 50 Days tour-an inspiring interview w/man formerly in foster care.

December 5, 2012

I’m starting to recover from this year’s 50 States in 50 Days tour. The conclusion of the tour usually sends me into a cave for a month or so…….just to regroup physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Part of the recovery process this year has been to start going through the interviews from the tour. This interview […]

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Broadcasting now from Hawaii on 50th night of 50 States in 50 Days tour. Help us celebrate!

October 12, 2012

We made it to Honolulu, Hawaii for the 50th night of the 2012 50 States in 50 Days tour. We are tired, but relieved, and excited to be here finally. The photo was taken this morning in Bel Air……sunrise over Hollywood. It represents the other 49 states in my rearview mirror! It was a long […]

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Hawaii bound…50th show on 50 states in 50 days tour!

October 12, 2012

I write this from my seat on a plane bound for Hawaii for the 50th night of 50 states in 50 days. We will live webcast from the hotel when we arrive and then we have a house concert at 7pm Hawaii time. Email me for details. I’m thankful for all the help ad encouragement […]

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