Relative newcomer Charlie Montague hit the stage this Tuesday with host Kyle Hutton for an episode of Real Life Real Music. Backed by his friend and bandmate Poncho Garza on guitar, Charlie delighted the crowd with his bluesy-rocker voice and stories about his hometown of Bandera, Texas.
Charlie kicked off the evening with a performance of the hit song “Sixteen Days” by Whiskeytown. He said it meant a lot to him when he was a teenager running away from life – parents, authority, responsibility. He then played the Amos Lee song “Learned A Lot” that really showed off his vocal talents. Kyle commented on Charlie’s soulful voice and asked him where he’d gotten it. Charlie responded that he perfected his talent as a 10-year old singing his heart out while riding the lawn mowers at his parent’s farm.
Charlie and his band have some exciting things coming up, like their next album that’s being produced by former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford. Working at the Yellow Dog recording studio in Austin, Charlie is surrounded by talent and is happy to report that the project should be ready by springtime. In honor of Marc, Charlie played a great rendition of the Black Crowes huge hit, “She Talks To Angels” that had the whole crowd singing along.
Towards the end of the evening, Charlie asked Kyle to play one of his songs. Kyle chose the one he co-wrote with Roger Creager, “Feel Again.” Staying on the softer side, Charlie’s next song was his Texas Music Charting hit “Tomorrow’s Gone” a powerful song about the ending of a relationship. Charlie said when he first heard it, the song actually reminded him of his father, who passed away when Charlie was only five. He instantly loved it, recorded it, and released it off his first self-titled album.
Charlie ended the night with a Chris LeDoux song about family and being true to yourself called “Simple As Dirt,” which left the crowd energized and wanting more. A perfect ending to the show.
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