Montbleau has been an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and bandleader for more than a decade, but with his new album “I Was Just Leaving,” the New England-based artist has truly arrived. Contemplative and richly emotive, the album offers a glimpse into the often-lonesome life of the relentlessly traveling troubadour, a strikingly single-minded existence too often clouded by the blur of constant motion. Recorded at New Orleans Esplanade Studios over four days in January 2016 with producer Anders Osborne and engineer/mixer Mark Howard (known for his work with such icons as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Neil Young, and U2), the album marks Montbleau’s first full-length release in the wake of a series of seismic personal shifts. Songs like “Bright Side” and the touching title track reveal a uniquely blessed artist who has truly found his voice, his gift for melody, and a remarkably open-armed approach.
Montbleau has been among America’s finest songwriters and performers, earning national attention and a fervent fan following with songs like “75” and “Sunny” and his breakthrough cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” the latter a Spotify smash with total streams now in excess of 14 million.
Scaggs is a man with many instruments and many musical influences. If you listen closely you can hear his Appalachian boyhood in Roanoke, VA, some raucous Boulder, CO, flavor, and a swirl of Vermont inspiration for good measure.
Taking pride in his thoughtful lyrics and unique melodies, his songs are mesmerizing, drawing you into his vision. His songwriting ranges from folk to bluegrass to alt rock. Smooth transitions from banjo, to guitar, to baritone guitar make for an exciting ride and when coupled with his smooth vocals, his performance will leave you wanting to hear more.
Tickets are $15 in advance at stonechurchvt.com and $18 at the door. The Stone Church is located at 210 Main Street.