With over 40 years experience working in the music industry the evolution of WTF Records, from a “hard product” to a Digital Download Company was inevitable.We are analog at heart but understand the need for digital. Just staying abreast of the current trend in the music industry is not enough, being ahead of the curve is our gaol and mantra. Because of our exclusive global distribution WTF Records is ahead of the curve.
Our Artist have the unique opportunity of having their music distributed to over ninety of the top music download sites available. Marketing is also provided through this exclusive arrangement. Have you ever stopped to ponder how many really great musicians, artist, & performers are never heard because of being stepped over by “major label A&R trendsters”? Because of this realization we strive to provide this arena for our artists, musicians, & performers to be heard and appreciated.
.It was a bad night. Every time I went to sing the microphone shocked me. I told the sound man. He said “Just shake your ass, that’s what they came to see”. So, I quit. I wasn’t enjoying it anymore. I quit right there. I apologized to the guys in the band and walked right out the door...
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My father had a way with words. He always said, “You will either kill what you love or it will end up killing you”. I am sure that he is not the original author of that little zinger – but he could paint a broad, dark stroke with just a couple of words. He really should have been the songwriter…
Two nights later I wrote 16th Avenue. The song is about giving up on the only thing that you have ever loved. It took as long to write as it did to play. The words just came. The first thing that I thought was: I can’t wait to play this live.
THAT IS WHEN I REALIZED… I CAN’T KILL IT. IT HAS TO KILL ME.
The rest of the record came just as easy. I wasn’t worried about being commercial or politically correct and I didn’t change names to protect the guilty. I was writing these songs just for myself. I considered most of them just too personal to ever release.
Dave Keefer, my guitar player and best friend since I was 12 years old, convinced me to record these songs with the band. I will be forever grateful to him for that because all of a sudden I am enjoying it again. I hope you do too.
.I have traveled the US and abroad. I’ve had the opportunity to meet or perform with most of my hero’s. But after returning home for a few days off, the itch to run returns and away we go… CLICK FOR MORE
the freedom of the open road. Running down an old two-lane with the windows down and the radio up…that was heaven! I still do that today, and I still love every minute of it! Sometimes I forget where I am and where we’ve been, and I think of myself as that small-town kid from Kentucky…riding the back roads. A lot of time and energy (and RISK) goes in to a recording project. I hope you enjoy this music. I hope you can tune in and relate to it. And I hope to see you out on the road somewhere soon. So…thank you for listening!.
.Aside from fronting bands, over the years Monty has spent time working with other artists as producer, songwriter, composer, collaborator and more. CLICK FOR MORE
Monty grew up in Bakersfield, CA with his parents and three brothers. Music was big in the Byrom home because if you wanted to listen to it, you had to make it. Monty’s father, a crooner himself, taught him to play guitar. Billy Mize, Buck Owens, and Merle Haggard as well as Otis Redding, Bobby Womack, and the like heavily influenced him in the beginning. As a teenager he was introduced to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, and Sly and The Family Stone. These discoveries led him to rebel against his country start. Except for The Outlaws, Charlie Daniels, Willie and Waylon, Monty stepped out of that world and into rock and blues.
.The story that I am about to share with you is the story of Tess Williams. An outline the life of an amazing soulful singer and performer who should have been a huge star. Tess Williams is my mom. We lost her diabetes at the very young age of seventy-three. CLICK FOR MORE
Mom, confessed to me during phone calls on a number of occasions that she didn’t think that she had the strength to sing on this project. “Please…” I remarked astonished,” Just bring that attitude!” She did. This record was recorded old school style on 2″ tape with a MCI tape machine through a vintage Harrison console. It needed to be warm and fat. Mom sang her vocals (sitting in her walker, without any lyric sheets) through a vintage Neuman U-87 microphone. Thank God that mom was able to hear most of the unfinished record before she left us.
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