Category Archives: Live Performance

Tuck Andress – inspires me still

The other day I got this email from one of my band mates Melissa telling me to check out this great site called Jazz guitar life. Naturally I had to click on the link to check it out… “Jazz” “Guitar” and “Life” in one sentence….Jazz guitar is my life. And low and behold there on the front page there is this great interview by Lyle Robinson with Tuck Andres, who has been by far one of the most influential guitar players in my life. So much so I actually wrote a song that I titled Blues for Tuck because of the enormous impact he has had in my playing and in that song. Some might not hear the exact influence but it is there. The incredible part about this interview with Tuck is that even though he is on this almost non-human level of playing the instrument he gets right down to earth and lets you see a bit of his world. To hear him talk about his heros, his moments of awe, to hear about the some of the challenges they faced and how they worked around them… By Tuck letting us/me into his world a little through the portal of this interview I find myself rejuvenated. I feel inspired to practice more then I have in a while. It gives me hope, reminds me that everything is possible. Some of you may not get this from reading the interview, but I feel that Tuck is truly a gracious person that does deserve to be “that good”.

Of course reading this interview also took me back to what was and still is the highlight of my career, the night I got to open up for Tuck and Patti at the Magic Bag Theatre in Ferndale. My friend Chris Oleksy, who at the time was a fellow teacher at Gus Zoppi’s had been working on this project where we each played 2 guitars simultaneously. Chris, who was a student of mine back in the day, was huge into Stanley Jordon and was working on the whole tapping technique. Together we started arranging and writing tunes. We called the group Groovelation, like the song/album Groove Elation by John Scofield, also one of my favorite guitarist, then and now. I played a white Steinberger bassMy steinberger bass duck taped to a guitar stand on a Uhaul box with my left hand and a guitar with my right. Chris played a seven string in the right and a 6 string with his left laying across his lap. I don’t know how Chris did it but some how he hooked us up with this gig. It was crazy! I had a tremendous amount of respect for Tuck and Patti before, but watching them up close and in person took it to a whole other level. During the sound check Tuck would play a bit and Patti would call out to the sound guy something like “notch out a bit at 10K its a little hot and add a little around 100hz”. The two of them were incredible the way they prepared for the show. I have since been to a lot of shows at the Magic Bag and To date it still remains the show that had the best sound at that venue. After the show I got Tuck to autograph my 7 string guitar. It really was the opportunity of a life time.

After the show Chris and I played together for awhile around town and we performed together for my senior recital at Wayne. We also added a vocalist, Leah Woods (AKA James) and a drummer, Clint Sabon. We had a lot of fun. I think there is some really low quality video footage out there some where. It would be fun to see that now after all these years. This project definitely changed the way I viewed the instrument and what is possible. It was at the tail end of all this that I started writing the solo acoustic stuff. You could say I was looking for a way to combine those 4 guitar parts into one on the instrument. I haven’t quite gotten there but I am not done trying….

Alpena, MI. The pivotal years of my life.

I am excited to be going back home to Alpena, MI again next weekend for a couple more performances and family events.

Friday, July 30th, 45th Parallel will be performing for the Friday Nights Downtown Festival where there will be entertainment, food, kids games, family fun and of course live music. The event takes place every Friday through out the summer from 5:30PM to 9PM. Location: Second Avenue, DownTown Alpena, MI. Contact Information: DDA Phone: 989.356.6422.  If you are in the Down Town Area please stop by and say hello to my mom, Tina Montgomery, owner of My Glass Wings, a stained glass studio and gift shop, located at 106 N. 2nd Ave. (right in the heart of the action).

Saturday, July 31, 7MJ will be performing for Melissa Behring’s (our lead singer), family reunion. (If you would like to book 7MJ for a function, wedding or private party please call Jake Tobias, 248-586-9693)

A little bit about me: Alpena, Michigan is where I spent the most pivotal years of my life. My dad was in the Air Force so I moved a lot during my child hood including San Bernadino, Ca (where I was born), Colorado Springs, CO (where I started school), and Warner Robins, GA (where I bought my first Fender American Standard Stratocaster with the money I made from working 3 jobs over the summers).  In 1990, when my dad retired from the Air Force, we moved up to Alpena, Michigan, my mom’s home town. My high school years were spent at Alpena High, home of the Wild Cats. This is where I met Maggie Lamb and Greg Adamus 2 of the earliest influences on my music career. Maggie Lamb took me to my first Jazz concert, The Bird of Paradise Orchestra at the The Bird of Paradise Club (more recently known as the Fire Fly Club in Ann Arbor, MI). Maggie Lamb is to this day a great advocate for bringing live music , art, and culture to the Alpena Area. Greg Adamus, then vice principle at Alpena High, taught me many things about Jazz  and performance, but also guided me toward Wayne State and helped me prepare for guitar at the college level (and the audition that not only got me  admitted but also a full scholarship).  Alpena is where I made some of my greatest friends and had some of my best memories. It is always a joy to travel back there and sad to leave.

45th Parallel at Oak City Grille

45th Parallel live at Oak City Grille

Jon Vidal and I are playing at Oak City Grille this Thursday, July 15th. Music starts at 8:30

Oak City Grille
212 W. 6th Street
Royal Oak, MI 48220
248-556-0947

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Jon and Nate
Jon and Nate

ABOUT 45TH PARALLEL

Two accomplished performers, Nathan Montgomery and Jon Vidal have joined forces to bring you acoustic covers, as well as original music from both artists. 45TH Parallel plays a variety of popular tunes from the 70’s to now. The repertoire includes music from Weezer, Incubus, Tom Petty, Pink Floyde, Ray Lamontange, Jon Mayer, Dave Matthews, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Cold Play, Alice in Chains, Rolling Stones, City and Colour, Marvin Gaye and many many more.

Listen to 45th Parallel Sampler Demo

ABOUT Oak City Grille

Oak City Grille is a casual neighborhood restaurant with a wall of French doors that open up to down town Royal Oak. OCG is within walking distance to theaters, shopping, salons, art galleries, parking and much more. The perched stage over the curved bar brings live music to the room featuring a variety of acoustic pop, rock, and blues hits. The menu offers mouth watering appetizers, delicious home made soups, salads and delectable entrees served in hearty portions at affordable prices. The patio is open and fresh mint mojitos are back for the summer! For more info visit www.oakcitygrille.com Call today to make a reservation 248-556-0947 (While reservations are not required they
are recommended)

June Dates

Hi All! I have a variety of shows going on in the month of June.

Hope to see ya around!
Nate

45th Parallel

45th Parallel live at Oak City Grille

Jon and I are playing at Oak City Grille this Thursday, May 6th. Come hang out listen to some tunes and watch RED WING PLAYOFF HOCKEY (game 4 Wing VS Sharks playing on all TVs). No Cover. Game starts at 7:30 – Music starts at 8:30 (and will play on intermissions and continue after the game ends)

Oak City Grille
212 W. 6th Street
Royal Oak, MI 48220
248-556-0947
MAP

ABOUT 45TH PARALLEL

Two accomplished performers, Nathan Montgomery and Jon Vidal have joined forces to bring you acoustic covers, as well as original music from both artists. 45TH Parallel plays a variety of popular tunes from the 70’s to now. The repertoire includes music from Weezer, Incubus, Tom Petty, Pink Floyde,
Ray Lamontange, Jon Mayer, Dave Matthews, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Cold Play, Alice in Chains, Rolling Stones, City and Colour, Marvin Gaye and many many more.

ABOUT Oak City Grille

Oak City Grille is a casual neighborhood restaurant with a wall of French doors that open up to down town Royal Oak. OCG is within walking distance to theaters, shopping, salons, art galleries, parking and much more. The perched stage over the curved bar brings live music to the room featuring a variety of acoustic pop, rock, and blues hits. The menu offers mouth watering appetizers, delicious home made soups, salads and delectable entrees served in hearty portions at affordable prices. The patio is open and fresh mint mojitos are back for the summer! For more info visit www.oakcitygrille.com Call today to make a reservation 248-556-0947 (While reservations are not required they
are recommended)