It’s a little early for Friday Night Concert Clips, but my son just reminded me of an artist we saw open for Martin Sexton last year at a club that’s been a staple at Ohio State ever since I can remember, currently called Newport Music Hall (back in my day, it was the Agora). Of course Martin Sexton’s amazing live but I’ve yet to find a decent quality live clip of him to post. I keep looking.
Ryan Montbeau came as a total surprise to us. We Googled him and found his My Space page, which is great. He’s one of those rare musician/writer/singers who can entertain as well alone as when accompanied by other talented players.
We saw him solo and were amazed. He’s not flashy–which I consider a plus–but his voice is clean and pure, his guitar playing fluid, expressive, dexterous and remarkable; his lyrics are poetry. He appears without pretension.
Since this isn’t a “Concert Clip,” I post it today. I’ll have a Friday Night Concert Clip for you tomorrow.
Ryan’s band is on their own, independents just trying to get a foothold in the industry. There’s not a lot of info out there on them but they’re the real deal–terrific live, built around a gifted writer, player and singer. For a young writer to have such a profound understanding of life, living and wisdom about where he is, is to me, stunning. Plus, like I said, he plays his ass off. Hope you like this as much as I do.