By MIKE CHAIKEN
Final Traditional Rock journal, in a retrospective article, described the 1966 album “East-West” by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band “as a swift kick to the doorways of conference.”
Up to date blues artist James Montgomery agrees. And, because the artist tells it, Butterfield modified his personal musical course ceaselessly.
Montgomery is so enamored with the legacy of Butterfield, who died at 44 approach earlier than his group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 2015, his most up-to-date album is “The James Montgomery Blues Band: A Tribute to Paul Butterfield.”
Montgomery performs July 10 on the Nice American Hemp and Blues Pageant contained in the Mohegan Solar Earth Ballroom.
Till the Paul Butterfield Blues Band arrived on the scene, stated Montgomery, no person had heard something just like the 20 minute jam on the title monitor on “East-West.” Overlook concerning the size of the jam, stated Montgomery, nobody had ever heard a musical jam primarily based on an Indian modal scale.
Earlier than the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Montgomery stated rock guitarists would simply play rhythm chords and take the occasional eight bar solo. However Butterfield, and his guitarists Elvin Bishop and the late Mike Bloomfield, confirmed that the guitarists might create what they play because the track strikes ahead. The group confirmed guitarists, stated the blues harpist, “I don’t need to play what’s on the file. I might be ingenious.”
“‘East-West’ actually kicked off a complete new style of music – acid rock,” stated Montgomery.
Montgomery stated the file actually was a product of its period.
“It was proper throughout that point, FM radio was actually beginning to take off,” stated Montgomery. “Younger folks in school and college didn’t need to hear ‘Yummy, yummy, yummy, I bought love in my tummy.’”
1966 additionally was a time when musicians began being seen as gamers, who got permission to be ingenious, and who folks would hearken to as they adopted their muse, stated Montgomery.
Butterfield additionally had an affect on Montgomery.
A Paul Butterfield Blues Band live performance impressed Montgomery to desert folks music and choose up Butterfield’s chosen instrument, the harmonica.
When he was youthful, Montgomery stated he had been in a jug band (a bunch that performed folks music on devices like washboards and, properly, jugs.)
At a live performance he attended, folks singer Maria Muldaur provided excessive reward for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Montgomery stated his curiosity was piqued. Contemplating the supply of the praise, and the band’s title, Montgomery stated he figured the Paul Butterfield Blues Band have been an acoustic act.
When Butterfield and crew got here to his residence base of Detroit, Montgomery determined to verify them out.
Since this was throughout the days pre-internet, Montgomery didn’t know what to anticipate when he bought to the present.
When Montgomery arrived for the efficiency, he stated he noticed a bunch of scruffy guys with electrical devices standing on stage. He figured it was simply one of many native bands that golf equipment would permit to make use of the stage as soon as the headliners went residence. Montgomery thought these have been simply youngsters like himself doing a sound verify to get forward of the sport for his or her gig in a while that evening.
However when the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was launched by an announcer, Montgomery realized these scruffy guys he had mentally dismissed have been the headliners.
Earlier than it registered that he was watching the band he got here to see, Montgomery stated they began to play. The sound of their electrical devices was so loud, Montgomery stated, he was “pinned to the again of my chair.” The efficiency was extra intense and extra energetic than any rock group, stated Montgomery.
“Our jug band went electrical the subsequent day,” stated Montgomery.
For a younger musician in the present day, Montgomery stated “East-West” is an ideal aural textbook. He stated it reveals younger bands all the weather essential to play as an ensemble, the place the totally different items mesh reasonably than collide.
“East-West” additionally reveals younger musicians, stated Montgomery, “The sky’s the restrict when it’s the time do your solo.”
Younger musicians ought to “take note of the power these guys are capable of create (on file),” stated Montgomery.
When Montgomery performs Connecticut July 10, he will probably be a part of the leisure invoice for the Nice American Hemp and Blues Pageant. Different acts performing on the fest are Keats and Firm, Mystic Lifeless, Muddy Ruckus, Chris McKay and the Toneshifters, and The Scruffy Aristocrats.
“It’s the primary of its form of the realm,” stated Montgomery of the occasion that additionally will function a slew of hemp-centric distributors.
“It needs to be an ideal occasion,” stated Montgomery. He stated it is going to be particularly interesting to the followers of Phish, which will probably be taking part in on the Mohegan Solar Enviornment that day as properly.
The Nice American Hemp and Blues Pageant, that includes a efficiency by the James Montgomery Band, will probably be held Wednesday, July 10 from 1 to six p.m. within the Earth Ballroom on the Mohegan Solar On line casino, Uncasville.
For extra data, go to thegreatamericanhempandbluesfest.com or MoheganSun.com.