In Lane County, nearly everyone has either seen Big Monti Amundson perform, or they own one of his albums. Now, after several decades making distinctive music in Eugene, Portland and in Europe, Monti is releasing his first video for the brand new album Dangling From A Rope – a haunting new video.
Normally we don’t cover Portland acts, but this album was a local effort. It was recorded in Creswell at Furrer Farms Studio by EDN Publisher Kelly Asay and mixed at Billy Barnett’s Grammy winning Gung Ho studio. This album recalls an early band in Monti’s career: The Blubinos – a band that has it’s roots right here in Eugene.
The album itself rocks right along, with one very notable exception – the title song. A haunting and melancholy rendition of real heartbreak and regret. Yes that sounds like a typical blues song, but Dangling From A Rope is anything but: acoustic guitars, cello, drums, bass and Monti’s emotion filled vocal – check out the video and discover it for yourself.
The video was directed and produced by Andrew Nealon – most recently of the production team for the GRIMM TV series currently being shot in Portland. A whole team of people helped out including the lovely Ariel Arrow (see the credits here). The video was edited by Portland videographer and producer Scott Ash.
I give the album a 4.5 strings out of 6, but the title song gets a 6 out of 6. Don’t miss the guitar solo at the very end…you’ll wish the song was longer.
The album is available from http://bigmonti.com or at a performance – you can find those listed on the website as well.