The New England Proud Tour 2015 begins on Friday, November 13 at the Mechanics Hall in Worcester in support of a new Veterans foundation, “V is for Veterans” co-founded by legendary blues man, James Montgomery. In May, Montgomery recorded a new live CD at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly. The record is unique in it was recorded to sell and distribute with proceeds going to assist Veterans’ causes throughout New England. V is for Veterans, is releasing the CD and made the decision to make it an event as well as a cause. They will be kicking off the first phase of their New England Proud Tour as another way to show their support for the regions Veterans and to assist those who provide services to them and continue doing so.
On Saturday, November 14, the stellar line up of New England’s greatest performers continues at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly. Montgomery said that there will be more surprise guests which will be announced prior to the shows.
Montgomery, who hails from Michigan, came to Boston in the 60’s to attend Boston University. He became immersed in the Boston music scene and has never left his adopted home. He is one of the areas performers truly rooted in Boston music of the 70’s. His hold on the music scene from back then until now, means there is probably no one of a certain age who does not have a story about Montgomery being one of the first performers they saw play at their high school or college.
Over the four decades that Montgomery has performed, he has shared the stage with Aerosmith, the Allman Brothers and the late BB King. His rise from 70’s breakout act to today has had him appearing at theatres, arenas and stadiums across the country. For five years he was sideman to the late Blues great, Johnny Winter, which took Montgomery across the world.
Peter Wolf, J. Geils front man gave Montgomery an apt description, “The John Mayall of New England.” The performers joining Montgomery on this tour, many of whom have shared the stage with him, reads like a Who’s Who spanning over 40 years of both Boston and New England headlining performers.
The line up includes: Paul Nelson of the Johnny Winter Legacy Band, Barry Goudreau the former BOSTON guitarist, Danny Klein the bassist of the J. Geils Band and original founding member, Jon Butcher of Jon Butcher AXIS, Ayla Brown daughter of former Senator Scott Brown and American Idol finalist, D.A. Foster & the Mohegan Sun All Stars featuring Cliff Goodwin, John Cafferty and Michael Antunes known as “Tunes” of the Beaver Brown Band, Fly Amero from the band Orleans, Marissa Licata from the Jethro Tull Band, Lizzie Borden and her band, Jimmy McCarty from Mitch Rider & the Detroit Wheels, and Andrew Clark and John McGovern with Sax Attack Horns.
The Mohegan Sun All-Stars is fronted by David Foster, of Connecticut’s legendary Shaboo Inn. The rhythm section of the All-Stars includes two Joe Cocker veterans, Mitch Chakour on keyboards and vocals and Cliff Goodwin on lead guitar. Wolf Ginandes, a Boston-based performer and session player is on bass along with drummer, Marty Richards, who’s toured with jazz great Gary Burton and the J Geils Band. He’s also recorded with Norah Jones & the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Over the years, the All-Stars roster has grown to include other superb musicians who might sit in when they are available, most notably, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, Dan Ackroyd, Maceo Parker and Buddy Guy. The band has also supported tour dates with Ray Charles, James Brown, Delbert McClinton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Elvin Bishop, Etta James, Joe Cocker, B.B. King and Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes.
Barry Goudreau, former guitarist for the band BOSTON, will be performing as well. Goudreau is the creator of a signature sound that sets Boston’s earliest songs apart from all the rest. His unique guitar sound has helped make those hits such as “More Than a Feeling” and “Long Time” to be among the constant rotation of songs on all classic radio stations across the country as well as theme and intro music for numerous TV and radio shows.
After leaving BOSTON, Barry continued on his own as a principal in other bands most notably Orion the Hunter and RTZ. At present when not involved in events such as this, he appears as a member of one of several All-Star bands around the nation.
Danny Klein, “Ace on Bass” is a founding member of the J. Geils Band along with Jay Geils and Magic Dick. Klein, hails from New Jersey and is another musician who came to Boston, joined a band, and never left. Over a span of more the 40 years, Klein has continued to provide a steady backing on such Geils’ hits as “House Party” and “Hard Drivin Man” as well as on their chart topping hits “Centerfold” and “Freezeframe”. Klein has just come off the J. Geils Band 2015 Tour from Boston to Detroit. When not on the road with Geils, Klein has his own, Danny Klein’s Full House Band who play regularly at nite clubs and venues around New England.
Grammy Nominee and member of Boston’s elite rock royalty, Jon Butcher has earned his place in music history books and beyond as founder of ‘The Jon Butcher Axis’. Butcher’s discography includes 19 national and international releases, and MTV and VH1 music videos. This is a music career that has spanned decades. His latest CD release, ‘AXIS 3” and the theatrical debut of KISS THE SKY both promise an exciting year for him.
Butcher continues to explore and re-define his own artistic vision. He can be seen touring this year with the rock trio, Jon Butcher Axis: Celebrating the Music of Jimi Hendrix. This powerful and dynamic show features Butcher reunited with original Axis bassist Chris Martin along with drummer/ vocalist John Anthony and is selling out theatres across the region.
Johnny Winter, is one of the most recognizable guitarists for the past half century. Sadly Winter passed on last year but not before creating a legacy traveling from his home in Texas through Woodstock and across the rest of the known world. His passing created an incredible void in the music world, but he did not go without leaving behind a constant reminder of his unique style. The reminder is the Johnny Winter Legacy Band. Winter had the ability to choose whom to perform with, hell he could turn down Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members from entry into his band.
He chose this group of musicians, led by guitarist Paul Nelson, to carry on for him. With him they recorded with a list of performers that is just too long to mention and toured the world appearing on stages in small theaters and large stadiums. People at every location would scramble to see him and his band and the band vowed to keep the memory of Winter alive through these shows that he himself would be proud of and to fulfill the desires of his still growing fan base.
A longtime friend of James’ Jimmy McCarty, one of rocks truly iconic performers will be coming in from Michigan for this tour. McCarty was the original guitarist for Mitch Rider and the Detroit Wheels. He was also a member of Buddy Miles Express, and he’s recorded with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Seger. McCarty was also a member of one of the most famous unknown bands in America, Cactus. Started by former members of Vanilla Fudge and meant as a vehicle for Jeff Beck, who was injured and unable to participate. McCarty joined and went on a ride for the ages. He is truly another one of the sixties musicians who has weathered the passage of time and has been able to knock it out of the park as a performer for too many years to count.
Bay State native and former American Idol finalist Ayla Brown, daughter of former Senator Scott Brwon, is on board as well. Brown may not have won on American Idol, but, she has been very prolific in touring and recording over the last several years. She relocated to Nashville to work as a singer/songwriter and continues to travel, opening for a number of national performers from Charlie Daniels to Clint Black. She is fresh off her summer tour as headliner crossing the country on a series of charity events to assist our Veterans.
The latest addition to the tour is the Liz Borden Band. She is the former front woman for Lizzie Borden & the Axes, one of the most important bands to come out of the many punk & new wave groups of the 1980’s. Borden helped open doors and set the path for many of the future Girl Bands playing and touring with many best known groups of the era including The Ramones, Spinal Tap, Cheap Trick, Flock of Seagulls.
The New England Proud Tour has it’s own Facebook page. You will find updates and band additions there as well as ticket info for both nights.