A long-time, popular musician and song stylist in SouthCoast Mass., Ken has worked as a solo artist as well as in well-known bands like Borderline, Voyage, Wiseguys and MGB. With spot-on performances of James Taylor’s smooth vocals and virtuoso guitar playing, Ken brings a uniquely coastal New England flavor to his interpretations of Taylor’s classic songs.
Donn is a music educator at Whitman-Hanson (Mass.) Regional High School. A busy studio guitarist with a master’s degree in jazz guitar, Donn also performs regularly with local bands Blues Train and the SouthCoast Jazz Orchestra. In October Road, Donn expertly recreates Michael Landau’s work across the James Taylor catalog.
Known for precise timing and facility in many genres, Dave has been drumming professionally for 35+ years. He studied under well-known teacher Al Mello, and he’s played with area bands like Fury, Action, Gratitude, Silversmith, Chalice, and the Paul Lévesque Band. Dave counts Jeff Porcaro, Steve Smith and Dave Weckl as inspirations.
Chris has been a working musician since age 14 in New England bands like Royalty, Wayback Machine, Wiseguys and MGB. He’s also done several stints with touring bands in Florida including Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers and The Jack Stevens Band. A devotee of JT’s longtime bassists Jimmy “Flim” Johnson and Leland Sklar, Chris holds a specialist certificate in bass guitar from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
A seasoned regional and international touring pro, Mike brings his versatile chops and veteran musician’s sensibilities to the intricate, energetic piano parts that power JT’s most beloved live arrangements. A native of southeastern Mass., Mike played for powerhouse local acts like The Infractions and The Kristian Montgomery Band before embarking on a solo career in 2010.
A founding member of October Road, Brit lends perfect harmonies to the many complex arrangements in the James Taylor songbook. Her ability to capture and recreate the stylings of JT’s well-known vocal accompanists Kate Markowitz and Andrea Zonn shines through in every song.
A long time solo and ensemble singer from southern New England, Cee brings depth to the backing vocals position in October Road. Along with light hand percussion, Cee’s presence and vocal talents are a key factor in performing the October Road set list.
KIND WORDS FROM OUR SUPPORTERS
“October Road was a HUGE hit with our members and supporters… in fact, it was the biggest crowd of the summer! Blithewold could not have been more impressed with the performance. Ken Montigny sounded so much like James Taylor, I even heard a few people say that he actually looked like him as well. The … Continue reading Julie Christina, Blithewold Mansion
“Love James Taylor? This band will totally light up a summer night for you as you relax with family and friends on the Taunton Green and feel like you are hearing the real thing!”
“The James Taylor song says, ‘The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.’ That is exactly what the packed audience at the Marion Music Hall did. They enjoyed the passing of time with Ken Montigny and his uncanny likeness to the voice of singer/songwriter James Taylor. Montigny and his band hearken to a … Continue reading Gary Brown, Six String Music Co.
Concert photography by Glenn C. Silva