James Montgomery attended Boston University, where he started the James Montgomery Band in 1970. While earning a degree in English literature, and performing each night, his freshman roommate was guitarist Jeff (Skunk) Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers).

His harmonica playing, singing and energetic stage show led to his band gaining a reputation as one of New England’s hottest bands, leading to a multi-album record deal with Capricorn Records and his first vinyl LP album titled First Time Out in 1973. A track titled “Train” was a fan favorite and became the #1 song aired on WBCN-FM, The Rock of Boston – playing it every day at noon for over a year.

Montgomery has toured with many artists, including Aerosmith, J. Geils Band, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers, The Steve Miller Band, The Johnny Winter Band, The Blues Brothers with Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, and performed on stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Muddy Waters, Huey Lewis and a long list of others. His band has become a blues institution, helping launch the early careers of notable musicians including Billy Squier, Wayne Kramer (MC-5), Jeff Pevar (CSN, Ray Charles), drummer Bobby Chouinard (Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent), bassist David Hull (Joe Perry Project, Farrenheit) and many others.

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