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James Montgomery Band
First Time Out
Release Date: 1973 (CD October 20, 1998)
Label: Capricorn / Umgd / Warner Bros
(CP 0120)

1. Don't Do That
2. I'm Funky But I'm
3. Ready Teddy
4. If You Want Me
5. Drive Myself Crazy
6. Going Down
7. Son of Jump
8. Everybody Knows the Answer
9. Train


1974James Montgomery Band
High Roller
Release Date: 1974
Label: Capricorn

James Mongomery - harmonica / vocals
Billy Mather - bass / vocals
Peter Malick - lead and steel guitars / vocals
David Case - organ / piano / clavinet / vocals
Chuck Purro - drums / percussion / vocals
Peter Bell - guitar / vocals

  • A1 Shot Down Love
  • A2 Hobo
  • A3 Love Is A Thing
  • A4 Schoolin' Them Dice
  • A5 I Can't Stop
  • B1 Any Number Can Play
  • B2 Try It
  • B3 Brickyard Blues
  • B4 Sing You A Love Song
  • B5 TenPage Letter

Review by Joe Viglione
James Montgomery's 1974 release on Capricorn/Warner Brothers has the harp playing vocalist in fine form. With Otis Spann guitarist Peter Malick, the six-piece ensemble crafted a serious album of blues-pop with production by Tom Dowd and the man who would hit with the Bee Gees shortly after this, Albhy Galuten. Side two is more accessible. "Sing You a Love Song" is written and sung by drummer Chuck Purro, and that's the interesting thing about the James Montgomery Blues Band: Four different musicians share the lead vocals, and only one of them is the star. Guitarist Peter Bell shares the lead with Montgomery on the Otis Redding tune that ends the album, "Ten Page Letter." This title, along with five others, was recorded in June of 1974 at Atlantic Recording Studios in New York, with Tom Dowd assisting engineer Gene Paul; "I Can't Stop (No, No, No)," "Schoolin' Them Dice," "Sing You a Love Song," and "Try It" were recorded in July at Capricorn Recording Studios, Macon, Georgia. Another interesting thing is that the bluesier tunes were placed on side one and the poppier songs made it to the second, but both studios' sessions are pretty evenly represented on each side of the disc. Keyboardist David Case sounds up on "Any Number Can Play," and Montgomery does a terrific job with Allen Toussaint's "Brickyard Blues." During this interesting period of Boston rock & roll, James Montgomery's band escaped the "Bosstown Sound" tag by sticking to its roots. Too bluesy to be mistaken for the J. Geils Band, Montgomery is a well-loved personality in New England, and this record is a respectable outing by a very talented bunch.


byblJames Montgomery Band
Brickyard Blues
Release Date: 1974
Label: Capricorn (CPS 0204)

Brickyard Blues
As 'love Is The Thing' / B Side


1975-45Barbara Holliday w/ James Montgomery & Radio King and His Court Of Rhythm
Baby I Love You
Release Date: 1975
Label: Jelly (JR 002)

Baby I Love You (2:50)
Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do (3:04) (with James Montgomery)


stThe James Montgomer Band
The James Montgomer Band

Release Date: 1976
Label: Island Records

city music
foot floppin
don't you just know it
hotcha mama
stoop down
steppin (out in style)
hang on to love
teasin you


James Montgomery Band
I Can't Stop (No, No, No)
Release Date: 1976
Label: Capricorn Records
Type: 45 RPM

I Can't Stop


The James Montgomery Band
The Gooba Gooba Song

Release Date: 1976
Label: Island (IS1003)

The Gooba Gooba Song (original 12" mix) 7.17
b-side: Foot Floppin 3.30

Producer: Allen Toussaint

The Gooba Gooba Song aka "Don't You Just Know It" (#9 Billboard Hit in 1958 by Huey (Piano) Smith)


James Montgomery
Fire on the Bayou
Release Date: 1978
Label: Waterhouse (15001)

1. Fire on the Bayou
2. New England Sunshine


1979James Montgomery
Duck Fever

Release Date: 1979
Label: Waterhouse Records (5) 

Side One: 
Working on a Love Affair
Who'll Be the Next in Line?
For Your Love
Crazy About My Baby 

Side Two: 
Heaven Help Me
New England Sunshine
Not Your Clown
Fire on the Bayou
Living for the Weekend

Stiv Bators: background vocals on "Who'll be the next in the line"


1983James Montgomery
Live Trax

Release Date: 1983
Label: M.S.I Records (MSI 2005) 

Side One: 

Schoolin' Them Dice
Tuff, Urban Cats
New England Sunshine 

Side Two: 

(I'm Countin' On The) Rock and Roll
Marvelous Marvin
You Got to Love Me (With Everything You Got)

Live Trax, Mutiny Shadow   International 2005/cust.innersl./with WAYNE KRAMER, also vocal by BARBARA HOLLIDAY


1991James Montgomery Band
The Oven Is On
Release Date: 1991 (CD April 18, 1994)

Label: Tone Cool

1. Back from the Dead
2. Oven Is On
3. Mystery
4. Little Black Dress
5. Danger Zone
6. Nobody Could Love You
7. Down in Florida
8. Rock & Roll VJ
9. Miss You
10. Yonders Wall
11. Dance
12. Smokeys Barbecue

From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD : Only an ordinary singer, the Boston R&B veteran makes his best impression on this stylistically varied set when playing his harmonica with affluent blues pleasure, namely on the instrumental title track and "Yonders Wall." His tight group is comfortable with twelve-bar patterns, funk, and rock. -- © Frank John Hadley 1993


Mike West
Interstate 10
Release Year: 1997

Personnel: Mike West (vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo); Anders Osborne (electric guitar, drums, background vocals); Freddie Koella (mandolin); Gina Forsyth (fiddle); James Montgomery (harmonica, congas, percussion); Eddie Doyle (accordion); Dave Spring, Rob Savoy (bass); Myshkin, Darlene Sovran, Theresa Anderson (background vocals).


weddingMotion Picture Soundtrack
The Wedding Band

A.K.A. "My x-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception"
Recording Date: 1997
Release Date:

James and friends appeared in a movie filmed in May of 1997 on Lake Champlain (in Vermont). Directed by Martin Guigui, The Wedding Band is about a Jewish/Catholic wedding. It won "Audience favorite" at 1999 Palm Springs International Film Festival, Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival and San Diego Film Festival. Now in distribution and retitled "My X-Girlfriend's Wedding Reception," Jon Fishman is the band's drummer, and performs (in a pink dress) with Hebber Stebber (played by Burlington musician Chad Hollister), Barry Goudreau (late Boston guitarist), Debbie Gibson, and Dom Deluise. The film features Martin Guigui and members of Spastic and the Dude of Life's touring band. ....

The film is said to be "a locally-filmed mockumentary - the Spinal Tap of wedding receptions, starring Dom DeLuise & Debbie Gibson & many local luminaries" and identifies "the actual band featured in the movie: James Montgomery - blues harp, Barrow Goodrow - guitarist, Jon Fishman - drums, Chad Hollister - percussion & singer, Aaron Hersey - bass, Joe Moore - saxophone, Martin GuiGui - keyboard, & other special guests.


Uncle Kracker
Double Wide
Release Year: 2000 (June 13, 2000)
Label: Lava

Personnel: Uncle Kracker (rap vocals); Kid Rock (guitar, programming, turntables, background vocals); Kenny Olson, Jason Krause (guitar); Lynn Owsely (pedal steel guitar); James Montgomery (harmonica); Jimmie Bones (keyboards, background vocals); Michael Bradford (bass, programming, background vocals); Stefanie Eulinberg (drums).

1. Intro (feat Kid Rock)
2. Better Days
3. What'chu Lookin' At
4. Follow Me
5. Heaven (feat Kid Rock)
6. Steaks & Shrimp
7. Who's Your Uncle
8. Whisky & Water
9. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
10. Aces & Eights
11. You Can't Take Me


2001James Montgomery Blues Band
Bring It On Home

Release Date: 2001 (July 31, 2001)
Label: Conqueroot

1. Sweet Sixteen
2. The Sleeper
3. Dimples
4. Back On My Knees Again
5. Lovin' Cup
6. Bring It On Home
7. Mona
8. Ramblin' Man
9. Junior's Jump
10. Wedding Ring
11. Sinkin' Blues


Johnny Winter
I'm A Bluesman
Release Date: 2004
Label: Virgin Records

Johnny Winter - Guitar, Vocals
James Montgomery - Harp
Scott Spray - Bass
Wayne June - Drums
Paul Nelson - 2nd Guitar


Barry Cowsill
Release Date: 2009 (10/13/2009)

Personnel: Barry Cowsill (vocals, guitar, piano); James Montgomery (harmonica); Rick Singer (saxophone); Steve Bruke (piano, organ); Johnny Juxo (piano); Mike Warner (drums, percussion).


AylaAyla Brown with The James Montgomery Blues Band
and the Uptown Horns

Ayla Brown Live!
Release: 2009 (Nov 10. 2009)
Label: Double Deal Brand Records

Tracks Time
1 Intro / Breaking Away (Live) 4:10
2 Dancing In the Streets (Live) 4:05
3 Respect (Live) 3:40
4 Come Together (Live) 4:24
5 Some Kind of Wonderful (Live) 5:03
6 Absolutely Everybody (Live) 5:17
7 Come Together (Studio Version) 4:00


Bruce Marshall Group
Misspent Youth
Release Date: 2009

James Montgomery lays down a blistering harp solo on “3 Chords and the Truth”



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