Little Rock, AR – With her brand new album, River, classically-trained opera singer turned outlaw country frontwoman Bonnie Montgomery nailed down the tricky task of incorporating her entire life’s musical influences into a beautiful, cohesive collection. “I’ve always been a multi-genre artist,” says Montgomery. “I have a classical background, but I’m a big fan of soul music and rock, too. Country music was the soundtrack of my childhood. All of that went into River. Making that album felt like the first time I could be me, sing my heart out, and not worry about fitting into any specific box. It was pure. It was freeing.”
Equally inspired by the ‘50s and ’60s vibe of Owen and Harold Bradley’s “Nashville Sound” and the genius of George Martin’s groundbreaking production with the Beatles, Montgomery and her co-producer Kevin Skrla entered the studio with a batch of unflinchingly autobiographical songs and left with a stunning album that pulls no punches, and importantly, doesn’t limit Montgomery to the country-leaning sounds of her earlier work.
River is available now via Gar Hole Records and can be streamed or purchased at this link. Be sure to check out Montgomery’s music video for “Modern Day Cowgirl’s Dream” and find her upcoming tour dates below or at bonniemontgomerymusic.com/shows.
River In The News:
Holler. premiered the first single writing, «Montgomery and Skrla entered the studio with a batch of unflinchingly autobiographical songs and left with a stunning album that pulls no punches…»
The Northwest Arkansas Gazette spoke with Montgomery ahead of the release about her Arkansas roots and the making of River.
On the title track, Glasse Factory wrote, «It’s a song that lingers in your heart and soul long after the last note has played.»
Montgomery joined KUAF for a conversation about the record and her diverse musical past.
River Tracklist: River Modern-Day Cowgirl’s Dream No Way Around It I Was Fine Half Drunk Leon Check For Your Time Seventeen I’ll Know This Town
More About River: Montgomery recorded River on a sod farm in Dayton, Texas. Her longtime collaborator and co-producer, Kevin Skrla, had built Wolfe Island Recording Co. in the farm’s barn, and the two pulled long hours in the studio, creating the bulk of the album themselves. They took inspiration from acts like Bob Seger, Elton John, and Linda Ronstadt, crafting a warm, widescreen sound that explored the grey areas between genres. Classical violinist Geoffrey Robson paid a visit to the studio, taking a break from his gig as conductor of the Arkansas Symphony to record the album’s string arrangements. Jimmy Daddy Davis and Whitney Rose also stopped by to add vocal harmonies. After the tracking was complete, they turned to Willie Nelson’s team, tapping Steve Chadie to mix the sessions and recruiting Terra Nova Mastering’s Jerry Tubb to master the album.
Catch Bonnie Montgomery On Tour:
Nov. 4 – San Antonio, TX – The Lonesome Rose
Nov. 9 – Austin, TX – Sagebrush
Nov. 10 – Houston, TX – Dan Electro’s
Nov. 17 – Little Rock, AR – White Water Tavern
Nov. 18 – Little Rock, AR – White Water Tavern
Dec. 8 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic – Gar Hole-idays
May 11-12 – Little Rock, AR – Robinson Auditorium *
* With Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
For future dates and ticket information, please visit bonniemontgomerymusic.com/shows.