Nashville star for Derry charity gig

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Nashville singer Kevin Montgomery is set to visit Derry on January 22 to play a charity gig in aid of Foyle Search and Rescue and Youthlife.

Kevin has a royal pedigree in the field of music. His father, Bob Montgomery was an early songwriting and collaborative partner of Buddy Holly.

By the time Kevin was born, his dad was producing records by Bobby Goldsboro and writing songs like the often-covered ‘Misty Blue’ and ‘Back in Baby’s Arms’, made famous by Patsy Cline.

Meanwhile, Kevin’s mother, Carol had a thriving career as a Nashville session vocalist, singing back up on pop classics like Elvis Presley’s ‘Suspicious Minds’ and Robert Knight’s ‘Everlasting Love’.

Following in their footsteps, Kevin release his debut album ‘Fear Nothing’ in 1994 to critical acclaim and after a year and a half of touring with Peter Himmelman, Sheryl Crow and David Crosby, he ended up back in Nashville where his star has continued to ascend.

While the contemporary yet timeless feel of Kevin’s own music is strongly influenced by the ‘California Country-Rock’ of artists like Gram Parsons, The Eagles, and Roger McGuinn, his deeply resonant songwriting recalls the Americana-flavored storytelling of Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne.

Recognised as a talented songwriter Kevin wrote ‘I Won’t Close My Eyes’ for Martina McBride and Juice Newton covered Kevin’s song ‘Red Blooded American Boy’ in 1999 When asked to play the charity gig as part of his UK tour, Kevin said he would be delighted to support such worthy causes. He promised that a good night will be had by all and, who knows, some special guests could be there.

Western Trust Suicide Liaison Officer Barry McGale said: “It shows how important the work of these two organisations are when an artist like Kevin would include a gig specially for them in his tour. I know the people of the Northwest will recognise this by making this a sell-out gig to raise as much money as possible.”

Tickets are priced £15 and are available through the Nerve Centre or through www.wegottickets.com.