James Montgomery: 'From Detroit To The Delta'

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Few musicians have had a career like that of James Montgomery. He learned how to play the blues harmonica in Detroit from none other than blues masters James Cotton, John Lee Hooker and Junior Wells.

But it was in Boston that Montgomery's career really took off in the 1970s. The James Montgomery Band was as popular as the J. Geils Band, and Montgomery even toured with Geils frontman Peter Wolf, along with Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Bruce Springsteen and others.

Montgomery has always loved mixing it up — the blues, he says, is more than just its customary 12 bars. In his latest album, Montgomery goes back to its source, the Mississippi Delta.  The album is called "From Detroit to the Delta."


  • James Montgomery, blues musician

This segment aired on July 3, 2012.


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