The Ryan Montbleau Band makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. Based in Boston, the group spends much of its time on the road, playing hundreds of dates every year.
Montbleau began as a solo artist, opening shows at the House of Blues where he worked. He slowly began to gather a band, which now includes five members, including two percussionists, guitars, piano and Hammond organ. Building a fan base through word of mouth and repeat visits, The Ryan Montbleau Band evokes the feel of '90s jam-rock icons like Dave Matthews, while maintaining a connection to the eloquent, soulful songwriting of artists like Bill Withers and James Taylor. A gifted songwriter, Montbleau was tapped to contribute two tunes to Trombone Shorty's breakout Backatown, as well as another pair for his 2011 follow-up For True.
This Mountain Stage performance was originally published on May 15, 2012.