Sam's New Year's Eve Party with Monte Montgomery and Ruben V

Sam's Burger Joint Presents

Sam's New Year's Eve Party with Monte Montgomery and Ruben V

Ruben V

Thu, December 31, 2015

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

$30.00 - $130.00

This event is all ages

Monte Montgomery
Monte Montgomery
You can call it prescient or predetermined, but when Terry Lickona, undisputed tastemaker and producer of Austin City Limits, plucked a then relatively unknown guitar talent to tape a segment of the legendary show, one had the sense that this was just the beginning.

Since that jaw dropping performance, Monte Montgomery has embarked on an almost fantasy like rock and roll roller coaster ride filled with dizzying accomplishments and mind blowing accolades. Named one of the "Top 50 All-Time Greatest Guitar Players" by Guitar Player Magazine, he's been called everything from "guitar-god" to the "answer to the Fermi Paradox".
Still, despite the six-string notoriety, Monte is not content to rest on his musical laurels. "I've resisted temptation to be just that guitar gunslinger from Austin, Texas," says Monte. "I strive to have more depth, to be more layered as an artist, songwriter and singer."

With the release of his latest CD "Monte Montgomery", he is cementing his place as not just some blazingly electrified acoustic guitar playing freak of nature, but also a rare and true triple threat; songwriter, singer and master musician.

"I want my music to be accessible to everyone," says Monte. Accessible it is, but he's still managed to make a record that is uncompromising. The virtuoso-like trademark guitar licks and arrangements you'd expect from Monte are there, forming the rich and colorful aural backdrop for his insightful songwriting and amazing voice.
The end result, in a day of homogenized, digitalized, and processed music, is that this new project stands out as a throw back to the great pop rock records of the past. Recorded live at the legendary Masterlink Studio, the textured, deep, rich, nuanced and just plain rocking 12 tracks run the gamut, showcasing Monte's stylistic diversity beginning with the opening album track "River", an almost primal seven minute dark bluesy roots rocker, and ending with "Midlife Matinee" a wistful ballad that soulfully explores the turning points and crossroads of life, love and loss.

In between, it's a mix of dark, edgy rock to light, breezy pop-like melodies. There's the pure rocker "Can't Fool Everyone" and the jazzy, vibey "Could've Loved You Forever". And just when you think you've got him pegged, Monte changes it up to leave you breathless with the sensual, lyrical, Latin-tinged "Moonlight Tango."

"All of these songs are road tested," laughs Monte when you ask him to explain how he chose what to record for this record. "I don't write with a project in mind. I write to play live, for my fans. My audience is great, they tell me what to record. It's like having a built-in focus group."

Long a big draw on the live music scene, Monte's non-stop touring schedule this year has included ParkPop (one of the largest music festivals in Europe). A Monte Montgomery show is likened to a musical religious experience. "I wanted to capture what I do live on this record. I want people to close their eyes and envision themselves at one of my concerts."
To do that Monte enlisted the help of the hip, rock producer John Billings and Rob Clark, Grammy nominated Neil Young and CSN&Y recording engineer. "In the past my records were made in my hometown of Austin", says Monte. "We went to a larger [studio] room in Nashville for this one which, with some very clever microphone placement techniques from Rob and John, enabled us all to set up in the same room and just play each song straight through. These are live takes, band tracks and no overdubs, with the only exception being some different instrument parts (string section and B3) added later to some tracks."

All the songs were written by Monte, with the exception of "Little Wing". Monte's blistering interpretation of the Jimi Hendrix classic is a fan favorite but has never been recorded in a studio environment. "I never play it the same way twice," says Monte. "So when making this record we planned for "Little Wing" to be the last thing we attempted to track every night in the studio and if we get it, we get it. If not, we would just leave it to the live performances. On the second night, after a long day in the studio, the track we got was like, wow. We knew it was magic."
Ironically, it's the cover of another rock pop classic that is bringing Monte a high profile fan and opening up new doors. After seeing Monte's version of Sara Smile on YouTube,Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates) was so blown away he invited Monte to be the featured artist onLive From Daryl's House,the popular web-based music show.

These accomplishments are quite a distance from Birmingham, Alabama where Monte learned to play piano and trumpet. At the age of 12 Monte moved to Texas to live with his mom, a singer/songwriter who instilled in him a passion for music and a taste of the life he was destined to lead as he sang and performed with her in Hill Country picking parlors.

It was the eventual move to Austin where you could say he earned his musical baccalaureate from that city's highly competitive music scene (earning him seven consecutive Austin Music Awards). That led to the current fulfillment of his musical destiny; a dedicated fan base, critical acclaim and an ever growing touring circuit in the U.S. and Europe. It's no wonder that when Terry Lickona introduced him on that Austin City Limits' stage some years ago he uttered these words: "Monte Montgomery blows people away. There is no other way to describe it."
Ruben V
Ruben V
"The power of music is amazing. I've known my whole life that this is what I've wanted to do and I've had confirmations at every step that this is what I'm supposed to do."
Ruben V is an accomplished artist. He's released eight solo CDs, 14 group albums and averages over 120 shows a year. He is a guitar player, songwriter, producer and family man. He's built a huge following of Ruben V Band fans – all while keeping a sense of humor and a genuine Texas charm.
But first and foremost, there is the music. It's a fresh, smooth blend of blues, Latin, soul, and rock. It's an ambitious mix of the music that moves him and in his skillful hands, becomes a truly energizing and enjoyable experience. The result is stylistically different from his peers – it's alluring, soulful, fun and mature. As he says, "it's everything I love about music."
For a man who would turn out to be such a celebrated guitar player, Ruben was self-taught – old school style. "I would slow down our old 45 albums on the record player and learn that way. I was also front and center at every concert – watching and listening. Then it was just hitting the road. There's no better way to learn." Hitting the road began at 15 for Ruben, who played in a string of bands and eventually landed an Indie record deal with his heavy metal band, Final Assault. The unexpected death of a friend, the band's bass player, brought everything to a halt for Ruben and he began questioning his direction. Again, it was music that pulled him back in. "I was in a dark time in my life when I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan in concert. It was the opposite of the heavy metal bands that were defining the time. I wanted to play Stevie's kind of music – to bend a guitar string like that because that's what I felt." That performance is what drove him back to writing and playing, but this time, he surrounded himself with his brothers and the group began touring clubs in the area. As time passed, the shows became bigger and the four albums they put out became heavier, but, again, that sound wasn't what Ruben had envisioned for himself. Forced to confront the different directions the brothers were heading, Ruben parted ways with the group to pursue his own musical path – one that was true to him. That becomes the essence of Ruben V's music.
Putting out great music meant finding a producer with equally high standards and the talent to match. It was sheer determination that led Ruben to search out two famed producers. Richard Mullen produced Ruben V's first three CD's: In His Hands, Home and Let Me In. Mullen's previous work included Eric Johnson, Joe Ely, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Jim Gaines, whose previous credits included multiple Grammy Awards and 4X Platinum work with Santana, Blues Traveler and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The collaboration between Gaines and Ruben produced I AM, Labor of Shame and Come to Me. "Jim pushed me and brought out a more Hispanic flavor than what I had done in the past. He's an amazing man and I'm blessed to work with him."
Every show is different; Ruben has a vast catalog of songs to pull from. They may play a familiar song but change the tempo or instruments. The Ruben V shows become enlivened jams inciting the audience into a musical frenzy. It keeps the audience entertained and coming back for more. From here, Ruben V will continue to pursue what has been in his life at every turn – he'll tour, write songs and make albums. The musical path that he's followed – varied, honest and sincere – may not have always proved the easiest, but from a man who knows where he comes from, playing music his way is the only way to go. "My guitar might change shape and size; but, those six strings will always be a part of who I am and who I have grown up to be."
Venue Information:
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215
http://samsburgerjoint.com/