Ryan Montbleau Band: New Album In Sept, Martin Sexton Produces


Ryan Montbleau Band
Heavy on the Vine, the new album from the Ryan Montbleau Band, arrives September 21, 2010 on indie Blue’s Mountain Records.

After spending much of this year as the opening act and backing band for Martin Sexton, including a round of dates with the Dave Matthews Band. Sexton in turn produced Heavy on the Vine.

"I used to dream about getting to meet Martin Sexton, and now we're getting hired as his backing band and he's producing our record," says Montbleau. "He may not be a household name but to me and so many others, he's a legend. But one thing he made clear from the start was that he didn't want his fingerprints on this record. He wanted us to just play and be us."

As a songwriter, says Montbleau recently contributed the single "Something Beautiful" to Trombone Shorty's recent major-label debut album Backatown. Shorty turned to no less than Lenny Kravitz to contribute vocals and a guitar solo to the track. Montbleau also co-wrote the Backatown track "One Night Only," the tune Shorty and his band performed on their Late Night with David Letterman debut in June.

"I'm not one of these people who's like, 'Oh, we can't be pigeonholed.' I honestly wish we could, just so I could describe it quickly to people," Montbleau says. "This [new] record has folk songs, funk songs, country tunes, a reggae tune, and the end is almost like prog-rock. It's all over the map, but it's all us, and we always do it wholeheartedly. We've sort of come up in the jam scene, and that's where our hearts have been in a lot of ways. But we don't go off on 15-minute epics. We're actually trying to make the songs shorter as we go. So, I would lean more toward the Americana thing than the jam thing. But more than anything, we're definitely about the song."

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[Published on: 7/29/10]

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